Tara Ghassemieh is a prima ballerina, choreographer, teacher and actress living in Southern California with her husband and creative partner Vitor Luiz and their loving children. As a choreographer Tara, along with her dancers, have been honored with various awards and titles. Her most recognized pieces are “Le Petite Artiste” awarded 1st place at YAGP and Outstanding Choreography Award. “Le Petite artiste” was also performed in YAGP’s New York City gala at Lincoln Center and YAGP’s gala in Orlando Florida. “Le Vie en Rose” awarded 1st place contemporary at YAGP finals along with Spotlight Awards, and “Good” also awarded 1st place at YAGP.
As a teacher Tara has been a dance educator for 11 years and has taught across the country. She's a teacher and mentor to the youth community primarily in the world of ballet, contemporary, and the film industry. Internationally, Tara teaches virtually through her ballet classes on The Space TV.
As a dancer, her professional career started at ABT and transitioned to freelancing with many companies and artists. Tara has danced principal roles in many classical, and contemporary ballets. Recently performing “The Nutcracker” and “The Slave Pas De Duex” as Medora with partner and husband Vitor Luiz, “Myrtha” in the ballet Giselle along side Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns, “Lilac Fairy” in Sleeping Beauty with Marcelo Gomes, and the role “Mercedes” in Festival Ballet Theatre's production of Don Quixote.
Most recently Tara, alongside husband Vitor Luiz, debuted their first ballet together “Scheherazade” at the 30th annual “Gala of the Stars” performed at The Segerstrom Music Hall. Tara was the first Iranian ballerina to play the infamously Persian character of Scheherazade, and is the first Persian-American ballerina in history.
Tara has recently been given the role as leading actress and choreographer in a new feature film called “AREZOU” scheduled to premiere in 2021 with an Oscar winning cast and production team. The film is about the illegal underground ballet dancers of Iran and pays homage to the fall of the Iranian National Ballet. Also known as the “Persian Swan”, Tara's not only known for her extremely strong technique and artistry, but the fierce and commanding way she performs. Audiences say her fearlessness, beauty and raw love for ballet is captivating, and makes it impossible to take your eyes off of her.