Watertown, Connecticut, USA
Donna Bonasera/ Connecticut Dance Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School
Tara Lee received her early dance training from Donna Bonasera of Connecticut Dance Theatre, and received a full scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School. After dancing with Joffrey II in New York City, John McFall invited her to join Atlanta Ballet, where she was a principal artist for 21 years. Tara has also been a member of Ballet British Columbia and a guest artist with New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre in Houston. Her repertoire includes work by celebrated choreographers such as Jorma Elo, Christopher Hampson, James Kudelka, Jiri Kylian, Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Helen Pickett, Crystal Pite, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ramantsky, Liam Scarlett, Lauri Stallings, and Twyla Tharp. Principal roles include Odette in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet, Mina in Dracula, Shee in Big, and the title roles in Madame Butterfly, Cinderella, and Firebird.
Tara has taught company class for Atlanta Ballet and the pre-professional level of Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, as well as master classes for several schools and universities in Georgia including Emory and Brenau Universities.
In 2017, Tara co-founded Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (and it’s school the following year), where she is currently a resident choreographer and teacher. She has created many original works for TMBT, Atlanta Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, a commission by NYC’s Joyce Theatre for Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, the music video Emperor for the Quiet Hounds, and was named Atlanta Magazine’s “Best Choreographer to Watch in 2018”. Her first dance film, The Poet premieres in June 2021.