Tari's School of Dance

5th Row: Taya Milligan, Claire Couvillion, Allie Adler, Kristina Seyfarth, Eleanor Koonce, Julian Guillory, Brooke Snellgrove, Erin Rhynes,

Gabi Guidry, Maddie LeBlanc, Gabby Ferrara, Emma Moore, Shayla Taylor, Rachel Peavy, Claire Calloway, Hillary Melara, Mini Delatte

4th Row: Sophia Stuart, Kennedy Walker, Aliya Trapp, Madison Pittman, Olivia Cooley, Catherine Couvillion, Mackenzie Bell, Allie Peever, Parker Wilson, Anna Peever

3rd Row: Madisyn Paige McCarthy, Emily St. Romain, Hadley Greene, Annie Blanchard, Jordan Blunt, Mia Miyagi, Chloe Callerame, Mary Francis Sadler, Makayla Hertzock, Haleigh Hooks, Isabella Ferrara

2nd Row: Claire Garbutt, Catelyn Greene, Kennedy Clark, Lanie Grace Everett, Lyndl Barrick, Jabez Berniard, Raegan Toy, Samantha Bass, Sarah Jane Nader, Juliana Politz

1st Row: Ainsley Calloway, Isabella Grier, Gyanni Grace, Kennan Mashon, Landry Litel, Jalan Lang, Anna Claire Manson, Abbi Lane, Isabel Clements, Sophia D’Angelo, Madison Morel

        Tari’s Company consists of 59 members and four groups, Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior, ranging in age from 8 to 18. Dancers were invited to join the company after auditioning during the 2012 summer session.  They attended a two-week company intensive in July where guest instructors Sonya Tayeh, Tokyo, DJ Guthrie, Liz Imperio, as well as Mrs. Tari, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Blair, worked with them on technique and competition choreography. The dancers attended and competed at several dance conventions and competitions throughout the year receiving many awards. They attended and competed in the JUMP Dance Convention in Houston in January 2013, the LA Dance Magic (LADM) convention in March 2013, and the West Coast Dance Explosion (WCDE) convention in April 2013. The seniors also competed at VIP Dance Competition here in Baton Rouge.

        Furthermore, there 23 Mini Company members won extensive awards this year with a Jazz routine Afro Circus. They won 1st Place Mini Extended Line at JUMP, 1st Place Platinum, 1st Place Overall Junior Extended Line at LADM and 1st Place Platinum, Overall High Score Mini Production at WCDE.

    Tari’s Junior Company, consisting of 19 dancers, competed together with the Mini Company in a jazz dance.  Crazy Little Thing received 1st Place Mini Production at JUMP, 1st Place High Score and Junior Best of JUMP.  At LADM they got 1st Place Platinum, Overall High Score. At WCDE, the dancers won a High Gold Mini/Junior Production and the “Entertainment Award”. The Minis and Juniors also competed with a Hip Hop number, Boom. This dance received 2nd Place Mini Production, 1st Place High Score and Overall Mini/Junior Production at JUMP and 1st Place Platinum at LADM. At WCDE, Boom was awarded 1st Place Platinum, and Overall High Score Mini/Junior Production.

   The Junior company members for their performance, Summertime, a Lyrical routine, won 1st Place Junior Extended Line at JUMP, 1st Place Platinum at LADM, and 1st Place Platinum Junior Extended Line at WCDE.

    Tari’s Teen Company consists of 11 members. Their lyrical dance, The Falling or the Faded, received 1st Place Platinum at LADM, and 1st Place Platinum at WCDE. The Teens performed a Contemporary dance, Heart Cry, winning 1st Place Platinum at LADM, and 3rd Place High Gold at WCDE.

Tari’s Senior Company consists of 6 members. They competed a Lyrical number, Poison and Wine, which received 2nd Place High Gold at LADM, the Judges Choice Award at VIP, along with winning 7th place small group. At WCDE, they won 2nd place High Gold Senior Group. Everything But You Was Facing Forward, a contemporary dance, won Senior Best of Jump, 2nd place Senior Group, 1st place High Score, 1st place overall senior group and 1st place platinum senior group at LADM. At WCDE, they won 1st place overall senior group and 1st place platinum senior group.

    The Teen and Senior Company members competed together with a Jazz dance titled Smells Like Teen Spirit, which received 2nd Place Extended Line at JUMP, 1st Place Platinum at LADM, and 1st Place Platinum at WCDE. The two groups also competed with a Contemporary dance, Follow Me Through the Rain, winning 1st Place Platinum and 1st Place High Score at JUMP, 1st Place Platinum Teen Extended Line, 1st Place Overall at LADM, and 1st Place Platinum Teen Extended Line and 1st Place Overall. Throughout the year, company members audition for scholarships at the conventions attended.  This year, 36 dancers were selected as scholarship winners and finalists. Congratulations to the company members for such a successful year!