BalletX announced that Tara Keating, BalletX Ballet Mistress & Artistic Coordinator, will be promoted to Associate Artistic Director effective immediately.
Ms. Keating has been an integral part of BalletX since the Company’s founding in 2005. As a dancer with the company she performed in nearly every performance until her retirement in the fall of 2012, upon which she was promoted to Ballet Mistress & Artistic Coordinator. Tara’s latest promotion recognizes her true role within BalletX and she will continue to aid in many of the artistic decisions of the company, such as choosing choreographers and company dancers and helping to solidify BalletX’s position within the community.
“Tara has been with us through every stage of our development as a company,” says Christine Cox, BalletX Co-Artistic and Executive Director. “Matthew and I want to recognize just how important Tara is to our success, and we are thrilled to have her take on this new role as Associate Artistic Director.”
Tara began her training at the age of 7 at the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton, Massachusetts. She attended the Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where she received a BFA in Dance. She has danced professionally with American Repertory Ballet, “Tharp!,” and as a Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet. Throughout her career she has originated roles in world premieres by renowned choreographers such as Jorma Elo, Alex Ketley, Matthew Neenan, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Christopher Wheeldon. She has staged numerous ballets on BalletX, and has set Neenan’s work on Pennsylvania Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Bucknell University. Ms. Keating is also on faculty at various schools in the region.