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.
Aimee has been dancing for 24 years. She has trained in many dance styles including: hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and character. Aimee's love for dance has fueled her to study in New York, perform as cruise line entertainment and make special guest appearances at numerous events. She has choreographed and collaborated on various shows and productions since she was 15 years old. Aimee has taught at dance studios in Oregon and throughout Northern California and teamed with Rauly Duenes as co-director of Fierce Dance Company. Aimee’s latest production project is choreographing for the band, The Fans of Jimmy Century, a Las Vegas electronic/alternative dance band. She also performs with the DJ live drum group Robot DeNiro, based out of San Francisco. She currently directs her own dance company, ADC. Aimee believes, "Passion is movement. Dance is an expression of who you are on the inside...beauty, devotion and confidence, art in motion."
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.
Jamie Lynn Gatton
Jamie has been involved with Love2Dance since its inception in 2002. Jamie has been dancing since she was in middle school and she loves performing and working with children. Jamie works full time as an employee of the Early Learning Institute in Rohnert Park, a company dedicated to providing and promoting developmental services, education, and support to children and their families, Jamie has a wide range of experience interacting with children of all ages. We are happy to have Jamie as part of our team of dance instructors.
Ashley began dancing over 24 years ago. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern/contemporary, and Laban Movement Analysis. She has taught dance to all ages, and she has choreographed for and coached many competitive dancers. Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with degrees in Theater Arts/Dance and Liberal Studies. Additionally, she received her teaching credential from Dominican University of California. Ashley currently teaches fifth grade at Vallecito Elementary School in San Rafael, and she is thrilled to be teaching ballet technique at Love2Dance.
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.
We welcome Alex Simms to our teaching faculty this Fall. 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 getting to know our community and sharing her passion for dance therapy with the students at L2D.