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.”