Tara Butler

Tara began her dance career with The National Ballet of Canada after graduating from the National Ballet School. She then danced for The Alberta Ballet and was a celebrated Principal dancer for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen for 16 years. Bengt Jörgen created many lead roles in full length ballets for Tara including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Anastasia, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to guest perform and teach internationally with The Hong Kong Ballet, The Ohio Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet and The Miami Hispanic International Ballet Festival. She has worked with many of Canada’s most sought after choreographers including Gioconda Barbuto, Roberto Campanella, Allison Cummings, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Robert Glumbek, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Malgorzata Nowaka-May, Crystal Pite, Kathleen Rea, and Wen Wei Wang. Tara worked on many creative dance project with Proartedanza, DNA Theatre, and Allison Cummings and was featured in Michael Greyeyes short dance film ‘Seven Seconds’. Tara was also featured in the award winning dance film ‘Old Country’ by Allen Kaeja. Since moving to Kitchener and having her second child, Tara has been teaching and coaching young dancers, and choreographing, and performing as a freelance artist. She has been a guest coach and teacher for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen , George Brown College, Metro Movement and multiple dance studios across the GTA and Waterloo Region. Tara is excited to be teaching and sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with Guelph Youth Dance.