Meet the Dancers: Tara Seymour
I am from New Hope, PA. I grew up dancing with the Mill Ballet School, and have known the Roxey's since before they opened the studio (I believe since I was about 3 years old). I was one of their first students at the original Mill in Stockton. I went to college at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC and performed with our Wake Forest University Dance Company while I was down there. The WFU company was fantastic because I was able to get exposure to many styles of dance, and performed classical ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz works in my time there choreographed by renowned faculty, guest artists, and other students. I also had the opportunity to choreograph my first piece during my senior year. When I graduated college, I reached out to Mark and Melissa about joining the Roxey Ballet Company and Mill Ballet in a new capacity. The rest is history! I have been here joyfully for the last 4 years.
I've participated in Nutcracker, of course (I think I have been in all but 5 of the Nutcracker productions Roxey Ballet has ever done!)
I've also participated in Cindrella (as a student, only), Pied Piper (as a student and company dancer), Buffalo Bill Saloon, Mowgli, Sleeping Beauty Act III (as a student and company dancer), Carnival of the Animals (as a student and company dancer), Graduation Ball (as a student only), Peter and the Wolf (as a student only), Carmen, Dracula, Fall of Freddie the Leaf, and way to many amazing repertory works to list them all!!
I love Mark and Melissa, every experience is a favorite. My first time performing as the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker was a pretty spectacular moment for me. I am definitely my own harshest critic, and I never thought I would get to a place where I was good enough to dance a pas de deux on the professional stage. I think everyone in the audience could see my true joy radiating from my heart the entire performance.
I trained at the Mill Ballet School since I was 5 years old. It's always been my biggest passion, but I excelled in school as well, so it was always a toss up where my future would lead. Ultimately I decided after college that I needed to follow my heart to dance. I knew that dancing with Roxey Ballet would be so satisfying and thrilling, but I was also surprised at how teaching has now become my biggest passion, as well. It's so beautiful to be involved in shaping the future of this art form, nothing has been more rewarding for me.
I have now been with the professional company for four seasons.
I grew up in this area, so I love Lambertville. I love being on the river...I love Rojo's, (I'm not sure I would survive with out their Iced Americanos)...Belle's is great for dinner with the family...Dig Yoga across the street is absolutely the best yoga experiences I've ever had, both regular yoga and aerial yoga (an absolute favorite of mine) and I also go the River Flow Yoga to get my hot yoga fix with another dancer friend...Next to riverflow there is Zanya Salon where I swear by my massages with Dawn when I'm just too sore to keep going! I am teaching at the Mill Ballet School camps for a majority of the summer. Camp always holds a very special place in my heart. It makes me feel like a kid again, there is just so much joy and love going around, but the intensity allows me as a teacher to see the students learning and growing at such a fast pace!
Every piece has a special place in my heart and a lot of memories. My favorite full length ballet experience was probably Carmen. I think the choreography is exceptional, the music is iconic, and my role pushed be significantly both physically and also emotionally and dramatically. I love an opportunity to have to reach beyond where I feel comfortable and fully embrace whatever I am asked to do. Also, as Lucy this past year in Dracula I had the most fabulous experience becoming something that is just so far beyond who I am at a performance. The ability to transform into anything in ballet is very exciting for me.