About Our Staff

"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.

Will Bove is a former company member at Tari's School of Dance. Upon graduating high school, he continued his dance training in Minnesota  with Minnesota Dance Theatre, a contemporary ballet company in Minneapolis under the artistic direction of Lise Houlton, formerly of American Ballet Theatre. While with MDT, Will performed in original repertoire including The Enchantment and its annual production of Nutcracker Fantasy. Currently, he dances for Baton Rouge's leading contemporary company, Of Moving Colors Productions, under the artistic direction of Garland Goodwin Wilson and the LSU Dance Ensemble under the direction of Sandra Parks. As part of OMC's 2014-2015 season, Will performed the role of Romeo in the company's contemporary take on Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, featuring the choreography of New York City based Pavel Zustiak, artistic director of Palissimo, and John Allen of Tulane University. Will's choreography has been featured in OMC's productions of Like Totally!, Kick it Out and You Tell Me as well as LSU's 2016 Spring Dance Concert. His other performance credits include Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Nutcracker as well as the MoveShop's Racine D’or.  Will is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he received a BA in digital advertising and a minor in dance . Recently, Will was accepted into the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco along with 16 other dancers worldwide.

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.

Blair began her dance training at Creative Dance Center in Covington, Louisiana, where she was a member of a modern dance company, The Dance Players. She continued her dance education at Northshore Academy of Dance and Tari’s School of Dance where she was a member of Tari’s Company. While at LSU, she performed with the LSU Dance Ensemble and was an LSU Golden Girl for five years serving as captain and choreographer from 2002-2004.  In 2007 Blair moved to Houston where she danced with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and worked as a nutrition coach for Life Time Fitness.  Blair has taught dance in Louisiana (Tari’s School of Dance) and Houston (Connolly Dance Arts) and has choreographed for various groups most recently the New Orleans Saintsations. She is an instructor for the LSU dance program. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she received a B.S. in Dietetics, a minor in dance, and a MS in Human Nutrition.

She is a Registered Dietitian and you can visit her website at http://deliciouslygolden.blogspot.com/

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 18 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 two-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 highschool. Shelby is now a two-year staff member for UDA (Universal Dance Association) where she travels, teaches, and choreographs for highschool and college dance teams. This is Shelby’s first 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, born and raised. He's trained in Salsa, Ballroom, Contemporary, African Jazz and his specialty and favorite (Hip•Hop). Mr. Watson was a member of LSU (Legacy Dance Team) when in college and trained in all genres with different styles from around the world. Brian has worked with wonderful choreographers and teachers such as Terry Beeman,  Cathie Nicholas, and Dion Watson in Debbie Allen's Production, "Derek's Songs". He kicked off his career by being a back-up dancer for New Orleans Native Pop and R&B singer Kourtney Heart! Mr. Watson is in "Pitch Perfect 2" cast as a singer and Dancer getting the opportunity to work & learn from the actual cast (Elizabeth Banks), Codie Wiggins, and Aakomon Jones. He's also been featured on the tv show "Breakout Kings" season 2 on A&E channel! For a few months Mr. Watson assisted "Dena Rizzo" the Hip•Hop Queen at Showstoppers convention, learning and talking with Dusty Button & Geo (owner of Iconic) .Brian was the artistic director for MTV R&B singer Justin Garner who won the MTV sing-off competition show "Copy Cat". He also has been in a few of the online magazines for Dance & Style. Brian has an all-girls agency called "Lipstick" they perform locally and train harder not only to become a better performer but to become better people.

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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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