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beginner ballet with Lara

monday 7:30-9:00pm

Lara’s training is in the Vaganova method and she utilizes these fundamental building blocks of Classical Ballet to formulate her classes.  At the same time, her aim is to find a balance between the rules and creating a safe, inviting space for movers of all levels to join together and enjoy the presentation of ballet as a performing art.  Her goal is to make ballet not only accessible but a fun mode of expression in a welcoming environment.

 This class is designed for novice dancers or students who have not danced for many years. We will continue to emphasize proper posture, muscle development, flexibility, musicality, and grace of movement through beginner level combinations. Students are expected to know basic dance vocabulary and have a desire to improve their strength and technique.

Lara Tant was born in Philadelphia, PA where she began dancing at the YMCA.  She trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC under the direction of Ludmila Markovina and Alla Sizova.  Additionally, she supplemented her training through summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, where she had the opportunity to be coached by Leslie Brown and Rebecca Wright.  Finally, she completed her professional training in the Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School.  Lara began her professional career at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, where she also embarked upon her career as a ballet teacher.  In 2006 she joined Connecticut Ballet in Stamford, CT.

In 2007 Lara co-founded Exit 12 Dance Company.  Lara has performed with many companies and choreographers in New York City including Rebecca Kelly Ballet, David Fernandez, Alison Cook-Beatty Dance Company, Mooney-Cooley Dance, and Lou Troisi. In the summer of 2016 she joined the Farm to Ballet Project in Burlington, Vermont as a principal dancer, and was part of a PBS documentary.  In 2017, she was a guest artist with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in Connecticut.  Lara has performed many classical and contemporary works; her favorites include Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Lara has taught ballet and creative movement at Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Ballet Des Enfants, Armonk Dance, ATB, Brooklyn Ballet, Steps on Broadway, The Hartt School, and Boston Ballet.  In 2017, she was a guest teacher and performer at The Dance Company in Saint Augustine, Florida. She is a Bolshoi Certified Ballet Teacher for levels 1 through 3. In 2015, she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to teach dance to children in the townships. From 2010 to 2016 she was a full- time faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan in the Children, Youth Ballet and Adult Programs.  Lara graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Dance Performance Degree from the College of Saint Mary’s, LEAP program. In the summer of 2016 she was the Artistic Director of From Studio to Stage 2 summer program at the Hartt School in Hartford, CT where she choreographed a full-length original ballet with an original score, The Velveteen Rabbit.   In 2016, she became the artistic director and dancer with Azoth Dancer, where she currently performs and with them has toured three times to France, Poland and Finland; teaching as well.  She has traveled twice to India to teach dance to children in Bangalore.  In 2017, she wrote a curriculum for the Pennsylvania Ballet Education and Community Initiative program called Dance Chance to be used in Philadelphia Public Schools. She is currently on the sub list at the Pennsylvania Ballet and pursuing her master’s degree in Dance Movement Therapy at Drexel University.