Tara Haynie-Gathright recently made the decision to open Executive Dance and Fitness in historic downtown El Dorado, Arkansas. Tara believes that dance enables young people to acquire discipline, poise, social skills and self-confidence. She intends to provide an atmosphere that will allow students to mature as dancers, foster friendships, and develop into positive members of the community. She is excited to put her 15 years of dance teaching and experience to good use for South Arkansas and all of the surrounding areas. An established dancer, instructor, and award winning choreographer, Tara is now ready to share her passion as a studio owner. She couldn't think of a better place to do so than right here in her hometown.
Tara started dance lessons at the age of 2, continued dancing at the college level, and danced professionally thereafter. She has studied in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. She was a member of the distinguished Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble in Little Rock, AR and received a scholarship to Oklahoma City University, where Tara was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. She graduated from OKCU in 2000 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance. Upon graduation, she moved to Las Vegas, where she danced in Jubilee at Bally's Casino. While there, she was featured in E! Network's television show "Almost Famous", Life of as a Showgirl.
Tara was also featured on the Travel Channel's television show "Showgirls" at the Rio casino in Las Vegas. She has danced with Holland America Cruise Lines, as well as several productions across the United States. Tara moved back to Arkansas and transitioned into teaching after performing. Tara has taught at several studios in central Arkansas for the last 8 years. Tara works with both recreational and competitive students and has received several choreography awards at both the regional and national levels of dance competition. In addition to dance, Tara has extensive experience in cheerleading. She was a both a Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleader in grades 8-12 and was a Varsity Cheerleader for the University of Central Arkansas before transferring to Oklahoma City University to pursue her dance degree.
Tara was a Varsity Cheerleader for the University of Central Arkansas and was also a member of the University of Central Arkansas Dance Team for two years. Tara transferred from UCA to OKCU, where she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company for 4 years and graduated with a Bachelors of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She also choreographed the musical, "White Christmas" at The South Arkansas Arts Center located in El Dorado. Tara is also an employee at Murphy Arts District in El Dorado. She is the Events Manager.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."