Owner/Director of Love2Dance
Tara is a former Golden State Warrior
dancer with over 20 years of Dance and Performance 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 Tara in action in this YouTube video.
Jen is a eight year veteran member the Golden State
Warriors Dance Team and is currently dancing with “La Femme
Panache”, a San Francisco based Dance and Talent Company.
Jen has been teaching and choreographing for the past 15 years.
This is her eighth year teaching at Love2Dance. Her training includes
ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics and ballroom. Her professional
dance career has taken her to many places including China, Las Vegas,
Taiwan, the Philippines, and London where she performed in The New
Year’s Day Parade. Jen’s constant creativity and fabulous
choreography continue to challenge and inspire her students while
leaving the audience in awe and the dancers wanting more.
Here to see Jen in action in this YouTube video.
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 ten 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. Jeanne's expertise
is a welcome addition to the studio's day to day activities. Jeanne will be teaching tap to the 5-7 yr olds. The class will be a good introduction to the world of tap and students will learn how to stomp their feet with style. 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 spokes model 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 has also trained under Los Angeles based choreographers Michelle Zeitlin of ZAP Productions and Randy Rene of the Body Architect. Carolyn graduated from Sonoma State University and works at a Larkspur based consulting company as their Human Resources Specialist. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Human Resources. Carolyn began her time at Love2Dance as a student and is excited to be a part of the Love2Dance teaching staff. Carolyn also facilitates the studio's birthday parties.
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.
Tessa began dancing at age 3 and is trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe and tap. Tessa has won several awards for her lyrical solos and has many years' experience in the competition arena, both as a participant and choreographer. Tessa attended Marin School of the Arts and is excited to be back in Novato as a member of the Love2Dance team. Love2Dance welcomes Tessa as a hip hop, tap, contemporary and jazz teacher.
Stephanie has many years of dance and teaching experience in all genres of dance styles. She joins Love2Dance as the ballet technique instructor. Stephanie is passionate about dance and teaching. She motivates her students to become better dancers and strives to make her classes fun. While all dance students may not become professional dancers, Stephanie hopes that her students remember their time with her in class inspiring to find their own passion.
Love2Dance welcomes Paula as the Musical Theater instructor. Paula comes to the studio with a Masters in Educational Theater, Counseling, Psychology and Drama. Currently the drama, dance and activities director at Holy Names High School, Paula's move to Novato enables her share her talent with the students of Love2Dance. As a dancer, choreographer and performer, Paula's class promises to be educational and fun.
Melanie has been a part of the Love2Dance family for over 8 years and spent 6 years as an All-Star. She joined the Love2Dance teaching staff upon graduating from Novato High School and looks forward to a new session of hip hop instruction. Melanie's love of dance has always given her strength both physically and emotionally. She hopes the same for her students.
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.