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 is a graduate of the Nutrition and Food Sciences program at Louisiana State University and is currently continuing her education in pursuit of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Sarah began dancing at the age of one and a half, soon began soloing at the age of 4, and danced competitively for 14 years. Sarah has trained in many disciplines of dance, but has always had a special love for tap. She has attended numerous conven-tions with renowned tappers including Nuvo's Masterclasses with Anthony Morigerato, Jump Masterclasses with Mike Minery, and Third Coast Rhythm's Masterclasses with Sam Weber. She has received numerous convention scholarships and was an NTG POW! Title Winner. Sarah received her teaching certificate from Dancer's Pointe after teaching multiple tap classes during her senior year of high school. A highlight of Sarah's career thus far was dancing back-up for Beyonce at Super Bowl XLVll's halftime performance in 2013. Sarah also danced in Rivertown Theater's production of 42nd Street as well as LSU's Dance Ensemble. More recently, Sarah taught tap as an Adjunct Professor in the Film and Theatre Department of the University of New Orleans. She also was the Assistant Choreographer for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre's production of Pippin, which was nominated for a Big Easy Award for Best Choreography. Sarah is also a Professional company member ofTheatre on Tap as well as its Costume Coordinator and Seamstress. In addition, she is 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 have achieved.
Caitlin Rotolo, originally from Independence, LA, attended Southeastern Louisiana University in 2007. While in attendance she competed on the Nationally Ranked Lionette Dance Team placing 3rd in Division I Hip Hop in 2012. Caitlin graduated from Southeastern with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has repre-sented Varsity Brands since 2009 as a Universal Dance Association Dance Instructor, choreographer, and judge. Since 2012 Caitlin has been coaching and providing choreography to nationally ranked dance teams across the country. She also works as a Fashion Sales Representative for Varsity designing Uniforms, Practice wear, and Costumes for the surrounding area Cheer and Dance, Junior and High School Teams
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 Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ivy eventually joined The Atlanta Ballet and from there continued on to dance for Nashville Ballet, Houston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and Pacific North-west Ballet. She has appeared in a number of ballets throughout her career, and she had the privilege to perform in many notable neoclassical ballets such as George Balanchine's Serenade, Rubies, Symphony in C, and Walpurgisnacht. In addition to her neoclassical performances, she has performed roles in well-known classical works like Giselle, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, and Sleeping Beauty. Most recently, Ivy has performed new works choreographed by Sandra Parks, director of the dance department at LSU, and has travelled to Boston, New Orleans, and Nashville to perform.
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 where she was a member of Tari's Company. While at LSU, 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 Metro-politan 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. She 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, LA where she trained at Northshore Academy of Dance. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University where she majored in business and was the captain of the Lionette Dance team. She also worked at local dance studios and traveled the entire summer with Universal Dance Association teaching dance all over the U.S. In 2008 she got married and moved to Arizona where she taught dance at local studios and in a local high school. In 2015 she moved back the Baton Rouge to coach the LSU Tiger Girls and has coached them to a bronze medal at the Universal Dance Association College National Championship. She has been teaching at Tari's School Of Dance for 4 years and her favorite thing to teach is jazz technique. She loves watching her students grow and accomplish new goals! She currently has two children is balancing coaching at LSU with teaching technique at Tari's!
Hillary Melara has studied at Tari's for 16 years. She has gone away to dance in California, New York, and Boston. She has assisted Dejan Tubanic, David Moore, and Gabi Guidry in different styles of dance. She has taken from instructors like Liz lmperio, Kevan Maher, Sonya Tayeh, and Hollywood. She has attended West Coast Dance Explosion, Hollywood Vibe, JUMP, PULSE, 24/7, Dancemakers, LADM, ASH, and NUVO. She has also attend Tokyo Academy 2015 summer intensive. She was able to be apart of shooting a video dancing for Pixel Collective. She has won dancer of the year for Hollywood Vibe, and Magic Performer of the weekend for LADM. Along with winning a scholarship at Millennium Dance Complex and an invitation to Kairos Pro Dance Prep Program.