|Audrey Tallant was born and raised in New York City where she started to study dance at the age of four. She attended James Monroe High School which was in the forefront of offering an in-depth dance program to high school students. Her primary teacher was Patricia Ofshe, a dancer who studied with Jose Limon and his company. While in New York, she studied at The Martha Graham Dance School, The Alvin Ailey Dance School, The New Dance Group, and The June Taylor Dance School.
In 1972 she moved to Los Angeles where she attended California Institute of the Arts. She received her BFA and MFA from Cal Arts and studied Modern Dance and Composition with Bella Lewitzky, Donald McKayle, Christine Lawson, and Lynda Davis, ballet with Mia Slavinska, and Jazz with Rebecca Bobele. She was the first dance student to receive the California State Fellowship for graduate work. While in Los Angeles, she also studied ballet with Stanley Holden and Margaret Hills. She has choreographed over 100 works and has extensive performance experience.
Audrey started teaching at SIUE in the fall of 1977 where she was hired as an Assistant Professor of Dance. In 1982 she became the Director of the Dance Program. As director, she initiated a number of activities: yearly trips to the American College Dance Festival, The Saturday Dance Studio, A Season For the Child, and The Dance Guest Artist Series. Due to back surgeries, she retired from the dance program and moved into the Music Department in 1994 where she began teaching Music History and Appreciation and Music Business. In 2003 she initiated the Nashville Expedition for Senior Assignments. In July of 2008 Audrey was selected to be Chair of the Music Department. She loves her work and feels fortunate to work among such a talented and committed faculty.