Tara Sheena is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and BA in English. At the University of Michigan, she performed in works by Daniel Gwirtzman, Amy Chavasse, Robin Wilson, Diane McIntyre, Lindsey and Jason Dietz Marchant, Alan Good, and Laura Dean. Since relocating to NYC in 2011, she has had the pleasure of working as a dance artist with Heidi Duckler (Quartiers Danses Commission 2013), Amy Chavasse, Lola Lola Dance Theatre, Amy Cova Dance, Mark Dendy (Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2013), Steve Paxton (Museum of Modern Art, NYC 2012), Andrea Weber (re-staging of Merce Cunningham’s Interscape), Eddie Peake (Performa 13 Commission), Isabel Lewis (Dia Beacon Commission 2016), KatieRose McLaughlin, Jennifer Harge, Molly Poerstel and Laurel Snyder. She is currently collaborating on dance work with Nadia Tykulsker, Catherine Galasso, and Ivy Baldwin.
Additionally, Tara has recently held positions with Movement Research, FABnyc, the Whitney Museum, and The Bessie Awards. Past experience has led her to work for many NYC-based organizations including New York Live Arts, Cora Dance, New York City Center, Japan Society, and the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. Her writing has appeared in Critical Correspondence, Art Observed, The Dance Enthusiast, The Brooklyn Commune Project’s blog, Dance Informa, DIY Dancer, Hyperallergic, Fjord Review, the Brooklyn Rail, Culturebot and the Huffington Post. She also works remotely as a Research Assistant, attaining photographic reproductions and rights for book releases by Dr. Angela Kane and Clare Croft (Funding Footprints: Dance and American Diplomacy, Oxford University Press 2015 and The Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance, Oxford University Press, 2017). She currently centers anti-racist organizing, emergent fundraising strategies, and cultural advocacy through her work with Yanira Castro, Kate Ladenheim/The People Movers, Jennifer Monson/iLAND, Catherine Galasso, Jaamil Kosoko, and many other NYC-based independent artists.