Tamara just finished her 7th year dancing for the Indiana Pacers as an Indiana Pacemate (2008-2015). She began her dancing career at the age of five in Anchorage, AK. Being part of a military family, she has had the opportunity to travel the world and explore the different dance styles in different states. At the age of 12, Tamara moved to Indianapolis where she began training with Dance Magic. She attended Broad Ripple High School where she began her extensive study of ballet, jazz, and modern. During the summers of her college years, Tamara was a member of the WNBA Fever Inferno Hip Hop Squad for 4 seasons.
She graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Dance. While at Purdue she was part of many dance organizations on campus- Jahari Dance Troupe, Purdue Repertory Dance Company, and the nationally ranked Purdue Dance Team where she was captain her senior year. After graduating from Purdue she attended a summer intensive in Chicago with Deeply Rooted Dance Production on a full scholarship, shortly after she began dancing with Kenyetta Dance Company in 2008.
Tamara is now in her 7th year as head coach for Marian University Dance Team, Lady Knight Dancers and currently works for the Indiana School Boards Association. She also choreographs competition and performance routines for teams, companies and schools around Indiana, some include: The Indiana Pacemates. Indiana Fever Inferno Hip Hop Squad, Butler University, Trine State University, Marian University, and more. On her spare time she enjoys being able to enjoy her fellow teammates from the stands and enjoys being able to lead and teach young girls to be the best dancer they can be with coaching.
I have had my time to be in the spotlight, now it's my time to pass along the knowledge I have to others who are inspired to do what I once did and love so much. My goal is to push individuals to be the absolute best they can be, and leave knowing that they have gained something new!
- Tamara's words to live by.