Owner/Director of Love2Dance All-Stars
Tara is a former Golden State Warrior dancer with decades of Performance and Teaching experience. She has trained many award-winning and nationally ranked teams, including the Studio’s own Love2Dance All-Stars. Tara has won many awards for her dancing and choreography. She is very involved in the community and continues to be active in local schools and volunteer work in Novato. Tara encourages positive attitudes and fosters a supportive environment, which promotes increased self-esteem and a feeling of accomplishment. Tara makes every student feel special and welcome. She looks forward to many more years of inspiring Novato dancers both young and old. Click here to see a news highlight from 2015. Click Here to see a news highlight from 2017.
Jeanne has been involved in Love2Dance since its inception as camp counselor, recital volunteer and participant. For the past fifteen years, she has been co-director of the Love2Dance All-Stars. In addition to her involvement in the All-Star program, Jeanne brings her 30 years of experience to the studio as office manager and tap teacher. Jeanne's expertise is a welcome addition to the studio's day to day activities. Her husband Larry and daughters, Jennifer and Jaime, also continue to be important members of the Love2Dance family.
Dawn Gilbert's performance repertoire is quite diverse, and includes playing "Connie Wong" in A Chorus Line at the age of 17, levitating as a magician's assistant, soloist in various dance reviews, a Golden State Warrior Girl and being a spokesmodel and riding an elephant in a long running show. She has trained and performed all over the world in many facets of dance including ballet, Pointe, classical jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, flamenco, and modern to name a few. Dawn has produced, directed and choreographed many shows including Miss Nevada 2000 and 2001, which is a preliminary to Miss America and Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen 2006. She has coached many young teens and women to win scholarships in the pageant world. Finally and most recently, she became a judge and dance coach for Women's Gymnastics.
Carolyn has been dancing since she was three years old. She studied all types and styles of dance at That's Dancin'/Gold Coast Ballet in southern California. Carolyn graduated from Sonoma State University and graduated from Golden Gate University with her Masters Degree in Human Resources. She currently works for a small employee group benefits insurance broker in Petaluma. Carolyn began her time at Love2Dance as a student in the adult classes in 2010, she has been teaching ever since and is excited to be a part of the Love2Dance community. Carolyn facilitates many of the studio's birthday parties which is perfect because she loves to bake and decorate cupcakes.
Ashley began dancing at the age of 3 at The Dance Connection. She studied tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and Laban Movement Analysis. Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with degrees in Dance and Liberal Studies. While in college, Ashley had the opportunity to work with many renowned contemporary choreographers including Stacey Printz (Printz Dance Project), Kristen Daley, Scott Wells (Scott Wells and Dancers),Sheldon Smith (Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts), Nancy Lyons, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She then received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Dance Supplement from Dominican University of California and currently teaches upper elementary school. Ashley’s passion for teaching began at a young age, when she would spend hours at the studio watching and assisting her aunt as she taught all styles of dance. By the time she was in high school, Ashley was teaching her own classes and was the Assistant Coach to the younger competitive dance company, while also competing herself. Since then, she has trained many award winning dancers in Northern California and has won numerous choreography recognitions. Ashley loves being a part of the Love2Dance community, as it allows her to be a positive role model and mentor to young dancers, while also giving her the opportunity to share and bring to life her choreographic visions on stage.
Lizzy started dancing when she was 2 1/2. She has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Character at The Nancy Doize School of Dance in San Jose. In High School she competed for the Doize Dream Team, and was crowned the Doize Dream Teen. During this time she also taught dance classes and summer camps. She is a graduate of Dominican University of California with a B.S. in Biology. She participated in the cheer/dance team all four years and was captain/coach of the team for her last three. Lizzy is excited to share her passion for dance and technique with the students of Love2Dance.
Alex has trained in all styles of dance including ballroom, jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. She was a competition dancer for over a decade and won many prestigious awards at local and national competitions. Alex looks forward to sharing her passion for dance therapy with the students at L2D.
Tamara was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas where she started dancing at the age of 3 and began dancing pre-professionally in ballet at the age of 10. Tamara earned her BFA in Dance on scholarship at The University of Kansas and shortly thereafter moved to Miami to work at some of the most well respected dance studios in the Country with an intense desire to choreograph and teach. She taught in Miami for more than 20 years before moving to Novato with her husband and two boys in the summer of 2014. Tamara is well versed in all areas of ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and acrobatics. She has won numerous awards for her choreography and is a seasoned competition teacher. Her performance experience is also vast, dancing with the Tennessee Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, Motion Dance Company of Miami and in various musical theatre productions, as well as having had her own entertainment production company. Tamara is a fun, highly energetic teacher and is very excited to share her extensive knowledge and passion for dance to the next generation here in Novato.