Ballet, Pre-pointe, Pointe

Tara Ghasseieh


Tara Ghassemieh began her training in Huntington Beach, California at Orange County Dance Center. There she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary, but Tara’s main focus and love was for ballet. Through her 10 years of training at Orange County Dance Center she achieved many honors, titles and awards, including, first all around soloist at Showstoppers Nationals, Finalist at Youth American Grand Prix Nationals, Teen Miss Dance of America 2004 for Dance Masters of America, and National Training Scholar for American Ballet Theatre for 3 years, just to name a few. At age 16 Tara was offered a full scholarship to join the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City, as well as an apprenticeship with Washington Ballet. She chose to move to New York and start her career with the number one ballet company in the nation, American Ballet Theatre. Soon after moving to New York she was offered the part as a lead ballet dancer in the popular film “Step Up”. She performed Le’ Corsair with ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House along with many other various ballets. While in New York she worked on Broadway for the internationally renowned show ‘Movin Out’, and was a featured actress on Law and Order SVU, CSI, and Gossip Girl just to name a few. Tara also started and ran her own dancewear line ‘Tata’s Dancewear’ from 2004-2012. Currently Tara is living in Southern California where she a principle dancer with Festival ballet Theatre, guest artist to ballet companies nation wide, ballet director for the infamous Mather Dance Company, and does choreography with numerous students in California and through out the country.

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