About Tara Cassone
Dancing has been a part of my life since I entered my first class at 3 years old. A spacey, pigeon-toed, curly-haired toddler, dance class gave me a reason to focus, it gave me a place I felt I belonged. Throughout my childhood, I sought solice in dancing, the studio was my sanctuary, the only place I truly felt like myself. When I was 9 years old, my Nana took me to a ballroom dance competition. Transfixed by the sparkles, glamour, and raw passion exhibited on the dance floor, I knew this was where I belonged.
I began my Ballroom dance journey by learning American Style Smooth and Rhythm. I participated in my first Dancesport Competition at age 10. As I became a more seasoned dancer, I emigrated to the International style dances. I continued to compete in International style Standard and Latin throughout my teen years, and eventual specialized in Latin. As a young student, I won many Championships and Scholarships nationwide.
Meanwhile, my passion for movement led me to study at Perpich Center for Arts Education where I furthered my dance education and experience. At Perpich I was exposed to Modern dance and composition. This experience opened my eyes at a young age to the endless possibilities of movement combinations. Perpich helped me develop a style that was uniquely mine.
I further explored my style while studying Dance at University of Minnesota. I was exposed to Horton, Alexander, and Limon Modern Dance techniques, as well as the Jazz techniques founded by Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, and Gus Giordano.
When I moved to Mexico, I started teaching Ballroom dancing. I enjoy teaching as immensely as I enjoy dancing. Being able to share my knowledge with people and bring joy to their lives with dancing is a gift. I have been teaching for 3 years now, people of all ages, sizes, races, and backgrounds. I love the profound effect I am able to have on the world, simply by showing people how to move to music.
Go to the What Dancing Means To Me Video to see why I love this art so much.