About Our Staff
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Tari Trosclair has forty-two years of teaching experience. At the age of 16, she was chosen to teach for a Los Angeles based company which taught high school dance teams nationwide. She then entered LSU and was selected for the dance major program and as an LSU Golden Girl. She was a member of the LSU Golden Girls for five years and served as captain and choreographer for four years. After earning a degree in education, she taught at St. Amant High School and Episcopal High School as a dance instructor, and taught middle school at St. Aloysius. She then became a Jazz Dance Instructor with the LSU Theater Department.
Tari opened Tari’s School of Dance in 1987 with 50 students ranging in age from 3 to 20. With knowledge gained through graduate work in the MBA program at LSU, she expanded the school to over 500 students and a faculty of 13 teachers. She has received numerous National and Regional awards for choreography and student competition numbers from West Coast Dance Explosion, Tremaine Dance Conventions, Los Angeles Dance Force, LA Dance Magic, Company Dance, NewYork City Dance Alliance, Jump Dance Conventions, Hollywood Vibe, 24/7 and LA Underground. She served on the faculty for the Louisiana Dance Festival sponsored by the Louisiana Dance Alliance in Baton Rouge for two years as a jazz instructor and has served as an adjudicator for the LSU Golden Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, LSU Tiger Girls, Northwestern State Pom Line, SLU Lionettes, Saintsations, Honeybees, Dance Masters, Drill Team World, All Star Dance Camps, Marching Auxiliaries of America, the Miss LSU Pageant, the LSU Songfest, and the Louisiana
Junior Miss Pageant.
Tari’s students have gone on to win many titles, as well as to work professionally in New York and Los Angeles. They have also been chosen as LSU Golden Girls and Tiger Girls, New Orleans Saintsations, New Orleans Pelicans Dancers, Los Angeles Laker Girls, Dallas Maverick Dancers, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and New York Rockettes. Her Dancers have performed for area functions such as the Baton Rouge Cancer Ball and the Krewe of Achilles Mardi Gras Ball, with many also appearing in musicals by Debbie Allen performed throughout Baton Rouge.
In 2001, Tari developed a dancewear clothing line called Tari Wear providing her students with quality dance and athletic clothing.
She dedicates her life to teaching and exposing the young dancers of LA and MS to opportunities available, not only regionally, but nationally.
Sarah Broekhoven began dancing at the age of one and a half, soon began soloing at the age of four, and danced competitively for fourteen years. Sarah has trained in many disciplines of dance but has always had a special love for tap. She attended numerous masterclasses with renowned tap dancers including Dianne Walker, Anthony Morigerato, Mike Minery, Sam Weber, Derick Grant, Brenda Bufalino, Star Dixon, Ayodele Casel, and Jason Janas. The highlights of Sarah’s professional career, thus far, include dancing backup for Beyoncé at Super Bowl XLVII, performing in the ensemble of Rivertown Theater’s production of 42nd Street, teaching tap as an Adjunct Professor for the Film and Theatre Department of the University of New Orleans, serving as the Assistant Choreographer for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre’s production of Pippin, and being a professional company member of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap for several years. In addition to being a dance teacher, Sarah is a Registered Dietitian who works for the YMCA of the Capital Area as the Director of Nutrition and Community Engagement. She is also a Fitness Trainer for Pilates Plus and is certified in the Lagree Fitness Method. Sarah loves teaching tap at Tari’s School of Dance and is so proud of her students for all that they continue to achieve.
Caitlin Carona Rotolo is originally from Independence, Louisiana and trained with Lemoine Academy of Dance in Hammond. At a young age, she began teaching dance and it soon grew into a passion. While attending Southeastern Louisiana University, Caitlin competed on the nationally- ranked Lionette Dance Team. As captain in 2012, she led her team to a third place victory in Division I Hip Hop. Caitlin graduated from SLU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Caitlin has represented Varsity Brands since 2009 as a Universal Dance Association instructor, choreographer, and judge. She has coached, choreographed, and trained nationally ranked dance teams across the country for fifteen years. Caitlin has also worked as a Fashion Sales Representative for Varsity, designing uniforms, practice wear, and costumes for the surrounding area dance and cheer teams. Caitlin has taught at several dance schools across the state as an instructor and guest choreographer and is proud to call Tari’s School of Dance home. This is Caitlin’s fourth year with TSOD and she enjoys seeing the growth in development of her dancers. Caitlin was married in 2017 and loves being a mom to her two girls, Rosalina and Giovanna.
Ivy Delk received her ballet training in Atlanta Ballet’s Pre-Professional program, under the supervision of Rosemary Miles, Sharon Story, Armando Luna, and Martha Goodman. She attended numerous summer intensive programs across the country including: School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, City Ballet of
San Diego, Milwaukee Ballet, and PaciÀ c Northwest Ballet. Ivy eventually joined The Atlanta Ballet and continued on to dance for Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet II, City Ballet of San Diego, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has appeared in a multitude of ballets over the span of her career, ranging from classical to neoclassical
works. Most notably, Ivy performed lead roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Rubies, Symphony in C, The Nutcracker, and Walpurgisnacht, as well as, classical roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, and The Sleeping Beauty. This is now Ivy’s tenth year with Tari’s School of Dance. She is will begin transitioning from teaching recreational students to focus on creating a Pre-Professional ballet program within Tari’s School of Dance for students who wish to pursue professional careers in ballet.
Blair Guilluame began her dance training at Creative Dance Center in Covington, Louisiana where she was a member of a modern dance company, The Dance Players. She continued her dance education at Northshore Academy of Dance and Tari’s School of Dance and was a member of Tari’s Company. While at Louisiana State University, she performed with the LSU Dance Ensemble and was an LSU Golden Girl for five years, serving as captain and choreographer from 2002-2004. In 2007, Blair moved to Houston where she danced with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and worked as a nutrition coach for Life Time Fitness. Blair has taught dance in Louisiana (Tari’s School of Dance) and Houston (Connolly Dance Arts) and has choreographed for various groups, most recently the New Orleans Saintsations and is an instructor for the LSU dance program. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she received a B.S. in Dietetics, a minor in dance, and a MS in Human Nutrition. . She is a Registered Dietitian and you can visit her website at http://deliciouslygolden.blog-spot.com. Blair is currently the Golden Girl director.
Kandace Hale grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana and trained at Northshore Academy of Dance. She is a graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University where she majored in business and was captain of the Lionette dance team. Kandace has worked with many local dance studios and also traveled extensively teaching for Universal Dance Association. In 2008, Kandace was married and relocated to Arizona. While in Arizona, she taught at both the local high school and dance studios. She returned to Baton Rouge in 2015 to become the coach of the LSU Tiger Girls. Under her leadership, the Tiger Girls won a bronze medal at the Universal Dance Association College National Championship. Kandace has been a member of Tari’s School of Dance faculty for four years and specializes in jazz technique. She loves to watch her students grow and accomplish new goals! Kandace is currently balancing coaching at LSU and teaching technique at Tari’s while being a mom of her two children.
Hillary Melara began her dance training at Tari’s School of Dance at the age of three. As a member of pro company, Hillary attended LADM, 24/7, Hollywood Vibe, Nuvo, Pulse, Jump, West Coast Dance Explosion, and Dance Makers and is trained in a variety of different styles. Hillary attributes her well rounded, diverse training to, not only, TSOD, but also, Sonya Tayeh, Kevin Maher, Jonathan Sison, and Cultura. She has participated in concept videos by Matthew Deloch and Rikashi Sensei and had the privilege of assisting Liz Imperio, Dean Tubic, Jordan Harris, Kim Wolf, Denise Dicharry, Gabi Guidry, and David Moore. Hillary is currently enrolled at Louisiana State University and pursuing minors in both Dance and Communications and Leadership. Hillary continues to train and pursue her dance career all while teaching at Tari’s School of Dance.
Madison Brooks began her early dance training at age three at Glenda Moss Academy of Dance in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After relocating to Alexandria with her family, she began dancing again in the fifth grade at Just Dance. Madison was an ongoing member of her studio competition team until her high school graduation in 2017. She also participated on both her middle and high school’s dance teams. During her time at Brame Middle School, she was a member in both seventh and eighth grade and was captain during her final year. While attending Alexandria Senior High, Madison became a member of the ASH Troydolls from sophomore to senior year, serving as the co-captain her junior year and captain her senior year. Upon high school graduation, she attended Louisiana State University and was selected as an LSU Tiger Girls and is currently serving as one
of the three captains. Madison has also had the privilege of choreographing for various dance teams, most notably her high school team, the ASH Troydolls. With the help of Madison’s choreography, the Troydolls won first place at both state and national
Alisha Captain has been training as a dancer for over 20 years with a strong background in classical ballet. Her technical training has aided her development in other styles, including Graham and Horton modern techniques, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and pom. She began studying tap and ballet in Louisiana with Susan Ferrera, and later studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, under the tutelage of Jan Miller, former professional dancer with the American Ballet Theater and Joffery Ballet, and Miguel Lopez, former professional modern dancer and director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Alisha later attended Louisiana State University where she served as a 4-year member and co-captain of the LSU Tiger Girls. Following graduation, she moved into the role of assistant coach and choreographer for the team. In 2010, Alisha helped lead the Tiger Girls to their first Hip Hop National Championship, beating teams from twenty-six other Division 1A colleges around the nation. After her tenure at LSU, she continued following her passion for dance through teaching and choreography, and in 2013, Alisha had the privilege of being assistant choreographer for Paula Abdul. Alisha feels blessed to have been able to teach and judge competitions both nationally and internationally, traveling to numerous countries to share her craft.
Jordan Harris is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Winslow Township, New Jersey and is currently working between Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California. At just 22, Jordan has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Camilla Cabello, Lil Wayne, Kali Uchis, and Ozuna, as well as, commercial work with Fox, Amazon Prime, and Warner Brothers. Jordan is a touring pro assistant with Hollywood Vibe dance convention and assists some of the industry’s top choreographers. He has taught and choreographed at studios along the East Coast and many across the South. Jordan will, once again, be working with our dancers exclusively here at TSOD next season and is thrilled to be back to share his experience and passion for dance with his students.
Makayla Hertzock started her dance training at Tari’s School of Dance in Baton Rouge Louisiana at the age of three and was a member of pro company for eight years. As a pro company member, Makayla attended numerous competitions and conventions including, West Coast Dance Explosion, Jump, Pulse, Nuvo, Hollywood Vibe, Dancemakers, LADM, Ash, and 24/7. During her senior year of high school, she performed with a professional company, LEHER Dance and was president of Baton Rouge Magnet High School’s dance program, where she choreographed a variety of dance pieces. Upon graduation, she began training under current LSU Tiger Girl coach, Kandace Hale, on the championship team, LA Fierce, in addition to training and assisting Shayla Taylor, Matthew Deloch, and Denise Dicharry. Makayla has also continued dancing at Louisiana State University. Makayla is excited to continue her dance career by teaching at Tari’s School of Dance.
Sami Koppenhagen grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana and trained at Cathy Kurth Dance Academy for fifteen years. While attending Louisiana State University, she continued dancing under Kandace Hale as a member of the LSU Tiger Girls. While on the team, they placed in the top four in the D1A Hip-Hop division at the Universal Dance Association National Competition each year and placed in the top four in the Jazz category her senior year. Sami coached University Laboratory School’s high school dance team for two years, choreographed high school dance team routines, and has taught at both Machita Dance Company and Tari’s School of Dance. Sami graduated from LSU May of 2020 with a General Business degree
and a minor in Dance. She is now the Assistant Manager at Tari’s School of Dance, where she also continues to teach and share her passion with her students.