Tara was born and raised in Darwin and is a descendent of the Munaldjali people from the Logan River area of Queensland.
She started dancing at the age of four, training in contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. As a young adult, Tara had the privilege of working and performing with dance groups such as Baru Kadal (Entrapment and the Dreaming), Tracks Theatre Company (IGNITE, Rivers of the Underground, FAST, Dynamic Energy), Juniper Tree Dance Co (HEAT, RHIALE) and with an eclectic group of youths called Dynamic Energy performing back up dance, contemporary and hip-hop where Tara had the chance to choreograph some of their performances.
Working with these groups gave Tara the opportunity to work in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, teaching workshops and performing under guidance.
Completing a Bachelor of Dance Performance at the Adelaide Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA) in 2007, Tara worked with renowned Independent artists Aiden Kane Munn, Peter Sheedy, Troy Mundy, Leanne Ringlestien and Lina Limosani. Since then, Tara has returned to Darwin to work with the Gary Lang NT Dance Company (Manuk Gapu, Goose Lagoon).
Tara made her debut with Bangarra in 2011 during the Spirit European tour to Germany, Italy and Switzerland. She then performed in Belong and completed her first year with Bangarra performing across Queensland and her home city of Darwin in Stephen Page’s award-winning production Mathinna.
Tara has performed Bangarra repertoire extensively around Australia, regionally and internationally. Personal highlights include performing Blak in 2013, and being a part of the Holland Dance Festival and Bangarra’s 25th anniversary in 2014. This was particularly special as Bangarra did an extensive regional tour, which included connecting back to country and community.
Tara also had the opportunity to perform Brolga on the regional Kinship tour of 2014, and was nominated in the Dance Australia Critic’s Survey as an Outstanding Dancer for this performance.