TAWNEY GILES

Southern Strutt

Upon graduation from high school, I moved to Los Angeles to further my career in the entertainment business. I completed a scholarship program at the Performing Arts Center and had the opportunity to study with numerous choreographers and teachers, as well as training in voice and acting. It was here that I received the tools to go out into the "entertainment world" and pursue my goals. I have been featured in both television and film projects, performed with such stars as Cheryl Tieggs, Roberta Flack, Halle Eisenberg, Christina Aguilera, Sigourney Weaver, Jewel and Jennifer Aniston. I have also performed with the Radio City Rockettes for more than five years, all over the US, as well as sailing the world as the lead singer on Holland America's cruise ship the Amsterdam. I recorded my first album in 2000, shot a music video for the album and had the opportunity to walk down the "red carpet" and sing live at the Michael Landon Awards in New York City. I have also done several industrial shows for Redkin Hair, Sunrider, Nike, ESPN and Tyco, along with commercials for Macy's, Belk and Nickelodeon, as well as many voice overs. My main focus was singing and musical theater and I studied with several coaches and teachers on a weekly basis to get the best training possible. While in Los Angeles, I also signed with two major talent agencies, McDonald Selznick & Associates under Terry Lindholm for dance and commercial work and with Kazarian Spencer & Associates for Equity (musical theater) and print work. I was auditioning and performing on a daily basis and loved it. I have recently moved back to South Carolina to teach and choreograph full time for my Mom’s studio, The Southern Strutt, where I have also started designing my own dancewear line as well as costumes for various competition studios. I still travel the country as a Rockette in the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” tour but I absolutely LOVE teaching and working side by side with my Mom for one of the country’s TOP BEST dance studios (I had to put that in there!). Eventually I look forward to taking over my mother’s studio with my brother Justin, if our Mother ever decides to retire. The fondest memories I have of being a DOTY are the lifelong friendships I made along with having the opportunity to touch others lives through my dancing.