A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Tamalyn W. Blackman founded the Orangeburg Civic Ballet, Inc. as a non-profit community dance company. She is also the director of Tamalyn's Dance Studio.
Tamalyn started her formal training with the Charlestion Ballet School, becoming a member of the Charleston Ballet Company at age eleven. She then trained at the Charleston Dance Studio becoming a founding member with the Robert Ivey Ballet where she earned the title of Principal Dancer. During this time several pieces were choreographed for her. Tamalyn has also studied ballet in New York, Seattle, Atlanta, and Augusta with such teachers as Robert Joffrey, Gus Giordano, Melissa Hayden, Edward Villella, Suzanne Farrell, and Valentina Kozlova. She has performed at the World's Fair; in Spoleto for both Operas and Ballet; with the Charleston Opera Company in West Side Story, Cabaret, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum to name a few; and with the Orangeburg Part-Time Players as a performer and Choreographer.
Mrs. Blackman has taught dance in Charleston, Walterboro, Estill, Santee, and at Lake Marion High School. She currently teaches in Orangeburg. She has taught at the Consortium for the Arts for three years and is proud to say that many of her students have been selected to attend the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts in dance.
Tamalyn is married to Lee Blackman, Jr., and they are the proud parents of an 15 year old son, Bardin. They reside in Elloree.
Allison Bates began her dance training with Tamalyn Blackman at Tamalyn's Dance Centre is 1999. Throughout her years dancing at TDC, Allison had the priviledge of dancing and performing with the Orangeburg Civic Ballet in numerous performances such The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia to name a few. Allison also traveled with the OCB to perform in places such as Piccolo Spoleto, the North Charleston Arts Centre Festival, and Amazing Feets. Allison began teaching at Tamalyn's Dance Centre in 2007, and that experience led her to seek a degree in Dance Education at Winthrop University, where she studied under teachers such as Stephanie Milling, Margaret Schriffin, Mary-Beth Young, and Bethany Tuffy. During her studies at Winthrop, Allison performed and chreographed in numerous shows such as Winthrop Dance Theatre, the Winthrop University Choreography Showcase, and the Rock Hill Rockettes. Allison has had the opportunity to help create, direct and choreograph the original ballet, Peter Pan, for the Orangeburg Civic Ballet. Allison has also had the opportunity to teach and choreograph at local dance events such as the Orangeburg Arts Consortium and the Orangeburg Chapter of the National Liturgical Dance Association Convention. Allison currently teaches at Vance-Providence Elementary and Holly Hill Elementary, as well as Tamalyn's Dance Centre.
COMPANY MANAGER/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Cammie Bunch has studied dance for 25 years, mostly under the strict hand of Anita Ashley and Leigh Powell Buckley at the Columbia Ballet School. Here she was a member of the Devine Street Dance Company. She has also studied dance at Columbia College with Patty Graham, Wrenn Cook, Martha Brim and Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton. She performed roles such as a solo in Don Quixote and the lead in the ballet Sing Sing Sing, choreographed by Maurice Curry (former director of Jazz Dance America). She was also a member of Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet. There she participated in manty performances such as The Nutcracker, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Mladosti to name a few. Cammie is a current member of the Columbia College Dance Company directed by Wrenn Cook and has also been a member of the Dreher High School Dance Company directed by Ann Richardson. She has performed the role of Swanhilda in Coppelia and many other solos such as a jewel in Sleeping Beauty, and the role of the Spanish princess in Swan Lake. Cammie has also studied at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, the Joffrey Ballet School and The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
Shannon Williams began her dance training at the age of 4 under the instruction of Tamalyn Blackman and Ginny McElveen. She joined the Orangeburg Civic Ballet at age 8 and danced with the company throughout high school. Shannon not only had the opportunity to perform in semi-professional productions with the OCB but she also had the chance to perform at many area schools and in area festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto, JDRF, and Amazing Feets. Shannon began assisting with classes at the age of 14 and soon discovered her love of teaching and choreography. She is now in her final year of undergraduate education at the University of South Carolina for her Dance Education degree. Since studying at USC she has had many amazing dance experiences and has worked with such talents as Dr. Stephanie Milling, Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Diane McGhee-Valle, and Clay Taliaferro, to name a few. Shannon recently had the chance to attend Arts in Education Day at the South Carolina state house where she had the opportunity to talk to senators and representatives about making the arts in South Carolina schools as important and vital to the eduction of our children as any other subject. She plans to receive her degree in Dance Education to begin teaching at a public school and to continue raising awareness for the importance of the arts in all people's lives.