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"What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways."

~Job 22:28 NIV

Tari Trosclair

Tari Trosclair has thirty-five years of teaching experience. At the age of 16, she was chosen to teach for a Los Angeles based company which taught high school dance teams nationwide. She then entered LSU and was selected for the dance major program and as an LSU Golden Girl. She was a member of the LSU Golden Girls for five years and served as captain and choreographer for four years. After earning a degree in education, she taught at St. Amant High School and Episcopal High School as a dance instructor, and teaching middle school at St. Aloysius. She then became a Jazz Dance Instructor with the LSU Theater Department.

 

            Tari opened Tari’s Schoolof Dance in 1987 with 50 students ranging in age from 3 to 20. With knowledge gained through graduate work in the MBA program at LSU, she expanded the school to over 600 students and a faculty of 9 teachers. She has received numerous National and Regional awards for choreography and student competition numbers from West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine Dance Conventions, Los Angeles Dance Force, LA Dance Magic,Company Dance, New York City Dance Alliance, Jump Dance Conventions, and LA Underground. She served on the faculty for the Louisiana Dance Festival sponsored by the Louisiana Dance Alliance in Baton Rouge for two years as a jazz instructor and has served as an adjudicator for the LSU Golden Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, LSU Tiger Girls, Northwestern Pom Line, SLU Lionettes, Saintsations, Honeybees, Dance Masters, Drill Team World, All Star Dance Camps, Marching Auxiliaries of America, the Miss LSU Pageant, the LSU Songfest, and the Louisiana Junior Miss Pageant.

 

            Tari’s students have gone on to win many titles, as well as to work professionally in New York and Los Angeles. They have also been chosen as LSU Golden Girls and Tiger Girls, New Orleans Saintsations, LosAngeles Laker Girls, Dallas Maverick Dancers, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and New York Rockettes. Her Dancers have performed for area functions such as the Baton Rouge Cancer Ball and the Krewe of Achilles Mardi Gras Ball, with many also appearing in musicals by Debbie Allen performed throughout Baton Rouge.

 

            In 2001, Tari developed a dancewear clothing line called Tari Wear providing her students with quality dance and athletic clothing. She dedicates her life to teaching and exposing the young dancers of LA and MS to opportunities available, not only regionally, but nationally.

Christy began her dance training at the age of 3 in her hometown of Gonzales, La at her cousin’s dance studio.  During high school she started teaching and fell in love with teaching others the art of dance.  Over the years Christy has worked as a preschool gymnastics teacher and managed an All Star Cheerleading gym in Baton Rouge teaching preschool tumbling class, but she always comes back to her first love of dance.  During her teaching career she has taught at several studios around the Baton Rouge and surrounding area.  She has taken and observed from many master teachers and choreographers at conventions and competitions across the US on a regional and National level as well as Steps on Broadway and Broadway dance center in NYC, including Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker,  Joe Tremaine and Gil Stroming just to name a few.  Christy has also worked with the music director and choreographed performance programs for her children’s schools in the past years. With over 20 years of teaching experience, specializing in preschool dance, Christy enjoys teaching the wee ones at Tari’s School of Dance.

Ivy received her ballet training in Atlanta Ballet’s pre professional program under the supervision of Rosemary Miles, Sharon Story, Armando Luna, and Martha Goodman.  She attended numerous summer intensive programs across the country including: School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet Nashville Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Milwaukee Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Ivy eventually joined The Atlanta Ballet and from there continued on to dance for Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.  She has appeared in a number of ballets throughout her career, and she had the privilege to perform in many notable neoclassical ballets such as George Balanchine’s Serenade, Rubies, Symphony in C, and Walpurgisnacht.  In addition to her neoclassical performances, she has performed roles in well-known classical works like Giselle, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, and Sleeping Beauty.  Most recently, Ivy has performed new works choreographed by Sandra Parks, director of the dance department at LSU, and has travelled to Boston, New Orleans, and Nashville to perform them.

Sarah Broekhoven is a graduate of the Nutritional Sciences program at Louisiana State University. While at LSU, she was also a member of the Honors College and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.  Sarah began dancing at the age of one and a half, soon began soloing at the age of 4, and danced competitively for 14 years. Sarah has always had a special love for tap.  She has attended numerous conventions with renowned tappers including   Nuvo’s Masterclasses with Anthony Morigerato, Jump Masterclasses with Mike Minery, and NTG Conventions.  She has received numerous convention scholarships and was an NTG POW! Title Winner.  Sarah received her teaching certificate from Dancer’s Pointe after teaching multiple tap classes during her senior year of high school. A highlight of Sarah’s career thus far was dancing back-up for Beyoncé at Super bowl XLVII’s halftime performance in 2013. Sarah also danced in Rivertown Theater’s production of 42nd street as well as LSU’s Dance Ensemble. Sarah is also a Professional company member of Theatre on Tap as well as its Costume Coordinator and Seamstress. Sarah loves teaching tap at Tari’s School of Dance, and is so proud of her students for all that they have achieved.

Shelby Rase is an interdisciplinary studies major at Louisiana State University with minors in dance, mass communications, and business. Shelby is from Covington, Louisiana and has been dancing for 19 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, modern, pointe, improvisation, pom, and contemporary. Shelby has been a part of LSU’s dance ensemble for two semesters where she has performed in many concerts. She recently traveled to Spain on scholarship to study Flamenco under Miguel Vargas. Shelby is also a three-year member of the LSU Tiger Girl’s dance team where she competes and dances for basketball and baseball games. Shelby auditioned for FOX’s television show, So You Think You Can Dance, where she made it straight through to the callback round where she placed in the top 70 and was featured in season 10. She was awarded WCDE’s elite dancer title where she placed in the top 15 two consecutive years at Nationals. She has received scholarships to EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles where she trained at a summer intensive, Clifton Dance Project, and Retter’s Academy. She was recently awarded a full scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival’s six-week training program in North Carolina. She was also awarded scholarships to attend the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (AMDA) in NYC for college. Some of her favorite awards include NYCDA’s regional Senior Outstanding Dancer, Jump VIP, and ASH Apprentice, and the “Team Hollywood Vibe” scholarship where she was given the chance to audition for their LA talent agency and staff. Shelby has taken class at Steps on Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, and Alvin Ailey in NYC. She also studied at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) for four summers in high school. Shelby is now a three-year staff member for UDA (Universal Dance Association) where she travels, teaches, and choreographs for high school and college dance teams. This is Shelby’s second year on staff at Tari’s.

Courtney Landry began her dance training in Baton Rouge at Machita & Company Dance Studio. She moved to Los Angeles, where she intended to further her professional career performing, teaching and choreographing. While studying at Edge Performing Arts Center in LA, she worked with choreographers such as Mark Meismer, Keri LeGrand, Joelle Martinec, Nichelle Bane and Doug Caldwell. She is currently a 6 year performer and choreographer for Of Moving Colors Contemporary Dance Company. During this time she has had the opportunity to work with Pavel Zuštiak, Sarah Cullen Fuller and Lindsey Dietz Marchant.  She is the lead choreographer for the Machita & Company competition team. Her students and choreography have won several Overall and Choreography awards at regional and national competitions across the US.

Brandi began her dance training in Baton Rouge at 2M’s School of Dance and Baton Rouge Ballet Academy. In 1995, she received a scholarship to Joe Tremaine Dance Center in Los Angeles. She trained with top choreographers and teachers, including Marguerite Derricks, Wade Robson, Adam Shankman, and Doug Caldwell. This opened the door to a diverse dance career, during which she worked with Tina Landon, Wayne Brady, Jamie Foxx, and “Southpark’s” Matt Stone and Trey Parker. She performed in the music videos of several artists, including Tina Turner and Jay-Z. For two years, Brandi danced both lead Pas de Deux and lead Jazz/Tap roles in the grand opening of Tokyo Disney Sea’s Broadway Theater production of “Encore.” In the US, she performed in shows at Disney’s El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd. She was an original company member in the Los Angeles-based Live Media Dance Company “Instincts,” directed by Liz Imperio. She was also a member of the Los Angeles Hip Hop crew Razberry Jam, where she had the privilege of dancing with award-winning Hip Hop artists, the Groovaloos and the Jabbawockeez. Brandi taught for thirteen years at one of the top children’s dance studios in Los Angeles. In 2010, Brandi moved back to Baton Rouge and began teaching at Tari’s School of Dance where she took summer classes as a child.

Brian Watson is a Louisiana native with dance experience in Contemporary, African Jazz, Jazz Funk and his favorite Hip Hop! In 2009, Brian graduated from Robert E.Lee High School as Best Dancer and won the title Best Dancer on a Carnival Cruise Ship. The next year, while attending LSU, he became a member of LSU Legacy Dance Team where he worked with choreographers such as Terry Beeman (Cirque de Soleil) and Debbie Allen (Producer of Grey's Antanomy). In 2012, Brian was featured on A&E channel Tv series called "BreakoutKings" in season 2 Ep. 3 and 5. This helped kick off his career, and he became a backup dancer for a few southern artists going on tour. He was also cast as a performer for the Louisiana Film and Video Magazine at the New Orleans Motion Picture Studios. By 2014, Brian was cast into "Pitch Perfect 2". This gave him the opportunity to work with Universal Studios directors Elizabeth Banks, Codie Wiggins,and Aakomon Jones. In 2015, he assisted at Showstoppers Dance Convention in Biloxi,Mississippi. That same year, he was hired as the artistic director for MTV Pop and R&B singer Justin Garner.  This landed an opportunity for Brian to choreograph in the 94.1 and 107.9 awards show! He then became an asssitant choreographer to local dance productions for two years! He has dedicated his life to teaching kids and is certified as a Performing Arts teacher for the EBR Parish.Brian has won 1st place for his choreography on solos' and duo's at the Streetz Dance Convention, LA dance Magic, and other local dance conventions. In 2016, he has worked with the LSU Dance Program and LSU Tiger Girls. He now teaches at Tari's School of Dance, TokyotheAcademy, and dance instensives throughout the year.

Samantha Ponseti is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Ponchatoula. She trained at Lemoine Academy of Dance in Hammond for sixteen years. At age four, she began dancing competitively with Lemoine's Tour de Force company. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, pom, and contemporary. Through her years competing she received awards such as LA Dance Magic Senior Performer of the Weekend, National Crew Member for both Hip Hop Crew and Contemporary Crew at Adrenaline dance, Jump VIP, and several scholarships for summer intensives through conventions including West Coast Dance Explosion, NUVO, Jump and Hollywood Vibe. She used her summers to travel and take classes in Los Angeles at Millennium Dance Complex and Edge Performing Arts Center, as well as study under guest choreographers visiting her home studio from across the country--including Melody Lacayanga, Angelica Stiskin, Chris Jacobson, and Adam McGaw. Following her graduation, she moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana state University where she studies Biology with a concentration in Education. She is a current member of the nationally-ranked LSU Tiger Girls and will return for her third year on the team in the fall. Through Tiger Girls, she continues her technique and performance training as well as her competitive career. Tiger Girls has also presented her with the opportunity to learn from choreographers such as Willdabeast Adams, Janelle Ginestra, and Eddie Strachan. Her connections in the dance team community have allowed her to work with and choreograph for many high school dance teams in the Baton Rouge and Hammond areas. She has also begun work with the Universal Dance Association (UDA) as a dance team camp instructor.

Payton Ibos is a sophomore in college at Louisiana State University. She is a 2nd year LSU Tiger Girl and received the team's award Rookie of the Year for 2016. Along with her numerous dance accolades, Payton majors in journalism as a part of the Manship School of Mass Communication and has a minor in dance. She recently traveled to Kielce, Poland to assist two well-known choreographers at the professional dance company Kielecki Teatra Tanca.  Of the 16 years of dance experience Payton has undergone, 15 have been at Northshore Academy of Dance. She also choreographs for various school dance teams throughout the state. Her favorite dance styles include contemporary and hip- hop, and she currently teaches jazz at Tari's for her first year. Payton wishes all of her beautiful dancers good luck this recital weekend and can't wait to see what the next few years have in store

Alexandra Barbier is a Baton Rouge native who grew up dancing with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. She has worked with Of Moving Colors contemporary dance company for eight seasons since 2004 as a dancer, choreographer, and outreach instructor. Wanderlust has pushed Mrs. Barbier to explore her passion for dance all over the U.S. as well as Europe, most recently spending a week working with Sidra Bell Dance NY. She was recently accepted into the University of Utah’s MFA in Modern Dance program, and will be relocating to Salt Lake City in the fall. Locally, she has taught for various schools, camps, and workshops including the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, and was honored to add Tari’s to her resumé this year She is grateful for the year spent learning from her Advanced Ballet 1 students!

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Tari Trosclair

has thirty-five years of teaching experience. At the age of 16, she was chosen to teach for a Los Angeles based company which taught high school dance teams nationwide. She then entered LSU and was selected for the dance major program and as an LSU Golden Girl. She was a member of the LSU Golden Girls for five years and served as captain and choreographer for four years. After earning a degree in education, she taught at St. Amant High School and Episcopal High School as a dance instructor, and teaching middle school at St. Aloysius. She then became a Jazz Dance Instructor with the LSU Theater Department.

     Tari opened Tari’s Schoolof Dance in 1987 with 50 students ranging in age from 3 to 20. With knowledge gained through graduate work in the MBA program at LSU, she expanded the school to over 600 students and a faculty of 9 teachers. She has received numerous National and Regional awards for choreography and student competition numbers from West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine Dance Conventions, Los Angeles Dance Force, LA Dance Magic,Company Dance, New York City Dance Alliance, Jump Dance Conventions, and LA Underground. She served on the faculty for the Louisiana Dance Festival sponsored by the Louisiana Dance Alliance in Baton Rouge for two years as a jazz instructor and has served as an adjudicator for the LSU Golden Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, LSU Tiger Girls, Northwestern Pom Line, SLU Lionettes, Saintsations, Honeybees, Dance Masters, Drill Team World, All Star Dance Camps, Marching Auxiliaries of America, the Miss LSU Pageant, the LSU Songfest, and the Louisiana Junior Miss Pageant.

     Tari’s students have gone on to win many titles, as well as to work professionally in New York and Los Angeles. They have also been chosen as LSU Golden Girls and Tiger Girls, New Orleans Saintsations, LosAngeles Laker Girls, Dallas Maverick Dancers, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and New York Rockettes. Her Dancers have performed for area functions such as the Baton Rouge Cancer Ball and the Krewe of Achilles Mardi Gras Ball, with many also appearing in musicals by Debbie Allen performed throughout Baton Rouge

     In 2001, Tari developed a dancewear clothing line called Tari Wear providing her students with quality dance and athletic clothing. She dedicates her life to teaching and exposing the young dancers of LA and MS to opportunities available, not only regionally, but nationally.

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