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Tara Ghassemieh

Tara Ghassemieh

Tara Ghassemieh began her dance education in Huntington Beach, California at Orange County Dance Center. There she trained in ballet, contemporary, acting, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop. Through her 10 years of training she achieved many honors, titles and awards. She is most recognized as a finalist at Youth American Grand Prix Nationals in New York City, First place senior classical division at YAGP 2005, Teen Miss Dance of America 2004 for Dance Masters of America, Outstanding Choreography Award at YAGP 2013, National Training Scholar at American Ballet Theatre for 3 years, and full scholarship recipient to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.

Tara joined the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school at the age of sixteen. While at ABT Tara trained with Kevin McKenzie, Franco DeVita, Susan Jaffe, Raymond Lukens, Martine Van Hamel, Jessica Lang, Clinton Luckett and Gelsey Kirkland. Soon after moving to New York she was offered the part as a lead ballet dancer in the Walt Disney film “Step Up”. She performed Le Corsaire and Sleeping Beauty with ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House along with other performances with the JKO school. Also, while in New York she worked on several off-Broadway productions as an actress and dancer. Tara was an actress on Law and Order SVU, CSI, and Gossip Girl. Tara has also modeled for Discount Dance Supply and other successful photographers throughout the country. Tara started and ran her own dance wear line ‘Tata’s Dancewear’ from 2004-2012, featured at Discount Dance Supply, Capezio NYC, and other popular dance stores.

Currently Tara is living in Southern California where she is a principal dancer with Golden State Ballet, guest performer for classical ballet and contemporary companies, and a renowned choreographer, educator, actress, and filmmaker.

Some of the productions Tara has recently performed in are “The Nutcracker”, “The Slave Pas De Duex” as Medora with her husband Vitor Luiz, “Myrtha” in the ballet Giselle alongside Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns, “Lilac Fairy” in Sleeping Beauty and “Mercedes” in Don Quixote along side Marcelo Gomes with Festival Ballet Theatre. Tara alongside her husband Vitor Luiz debuted their first ballet choreographed together “Scheherazade” at the 30th annual “Gala of the Stars” performed at The Segerstrom Music Hall. Most recently performing a world premiere piece by Andrea Schermoly “The Gatekeepers” , “Black Swan Pas de Duex”, George Balanchines “Valse Fantaisie” and “Flames of Paris” with her husband Vitor Luiz. Tara is an Iranian-American principal dancer, it is her greatest accomplishment to honor her Persian heritage and help tell stories that amplify her Iranian roots. Tara just had her directorial debut with the release of her short film/preamble titled “Persian Swan”. Also, known as the “Persian Swan” Tara is not only known for her extremely strong technique and artistry, but her fierce and commanding way when she is performing. Audiences say “Her fearlessness, beauty and raw love for ballet is captivating, giving and above all she dances leaving her whole heart on the stage for her audience.”

Tara Ghassemieh
  • Ballet: "Training" / Tara Ghassemieh - Ep12

    Starting with a well-rounded barre, we'll get everything we need to warm up and strengthen our turnouts and feet! Then in the center, we'll work on a basic tendu, pirouettes across the floor, and small jumps!
    Level: Intermediate
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted By: Kyleen MacCartie

  • Ballet: "Training" / Tara Ghassemieh

    Join special guest Tara Ghassemieh and her assistant Jenna Sousa for a well-rounded ballet class that involves barre work and across-the-floor exercises.
    Level: Int/Adv.
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by: Jenna Sousa

  • Ballet: "Training" / Tara Ghassemieh - Ep10

    This class brings you a strong and classic ballet barre, working all combinations needed to access strength, turn out, alignment and hip opening. In the center we'll work on our ballet positions through a seamless tendu exercise, and conclude with a clean pirouette combination to find your center...

  • Ballet: "Intro to Body Positions" / Tara Ghassemieh Ep09

    An all levels class taking you through the Vaganova teachings of ballet positions. We'll move from elementary positions at the barre into the center with the 12 positions of the body, as taught in the acclaimed Vaganova School of Ballet.
    Level: All
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by: A...

  • Ballet: "Barre" / Tara Ghassemieh

    In this barre focused ballet class, Tara Ghassemieh and assistant Autumn Miller give you exercises focused on upper back strength and hip opening.
    Level: Adv.
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by: Autumn Miller

  • Ballet: Barre / Tara Ghassemieh - Ep07

    Join Tara Ghassemieh and assistant Jessica Richens for this advanced technical ballet training! This class has elements of barre and center work, focusing on strength and traditional elements of a ballet class.
    Level: Advanced
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by Jessica Richens

  • Ballet: "Barre" / Tara Ghassemieh Ep06

    Join Tara Ghassemieh and assistant Brooke Colletti for this technical class, focusing on barre and center work that also incorporates traditional ballet elements!
    Level: Intermediate
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by Brooke Colletti
    Music by: David Plumpton

  • Ballet: "Center Work" / Tara Ghassemieh Ep05

    Join Tara Ghassemieh in this center work class focusing on adagio, turns, and jumps. This class is perfect for those of you dancing in small spaces, as the movement will allow you to expand and utilize the small space you have.
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh

  • Ballet: Barre / Tara Ghassemieh Ep04

    Welcome to the beginning of your barre work! Starting with a Plié, and then learning a Tendu and Jeté. After this barre your hips and feet will be warm and ready to move big in the center.
    Level: Intermediate
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by...

  • Ballet: Center Work with Tara Ghassemieh Ep03

    Moving away from the barre and challenging your balance, you’ll be working through balancé’s, pirouettes, and small jumps. As you move away from the barre this is the time to engage your core and work through the floor using your center to ground yourself in control and technique. Bring what you’...

  • Ballet Barre / Tara Ghassemieh Ep02

    This class focuses on your foot work, relevés, battlements, and extensions!
    Level: Intermediate / Advanced
    Your Instructor: Tara Ghassemieh
    Assisted by: Brooke Colletti

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  • Ballet / Tara Ghassemieh Ep01

    Skill level: Intermediate
    Assisted by Jenna Sousa

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