About Ballet Magnificat!
The People of Ballet Magnificat!
Tara Drew, daughter of Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux, began dancing at the age of three at Ballet Mississippi, and continued her training at Ballet Magnificat School of the Arts. At fifteen, Tara was a semi-finalist in the 1994 USA International Ballet Competition. She received scholarships to ballet schools including Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet. As a young adult, she danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat, touring the United States and Europe.
Tara then moved to Atlanta, where she danced for the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team. During her career she had the opportunity to dance at the NBA All Star Game and the TNT Celebrity Game as well as choreograph for the team in 2004. She also took classes at Atlanta Ballet and taught at Impact Dance of Atlanta. She performed in many projects including the independent film “Petunia”, Mak Attack Fitness Fashion Show, and an IBM Industrial show
Tara has a passion for training students in Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. She has taught at Eclipse Performing Arts in Chesterton, Indiana, for the last 10 years. She has trained students for the Youth American Grand Prix and had the honor of taking one of her students to the finals in New York City. One of her students was accepted to compete in the 2014 International Ballet Competition. Her students are also scholarship winners at many competitions and conventions such as New York City Dance Alliance, Hall of Fame, and VIP to name a few. She has had students accepted to many summer programs across the country such as the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Carreño Dance Festival. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for Miami City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Phoenix Ballet, Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, and the Indiana Pacemates. One of her students has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, and others have modeled for the Revolution Dancewear catalog.
Tara has also received top honors and placements at many competitions for her choreography and won first place overall at the Hall of Fame nationals with a work entitled “Angels”. In 2011, Tara choreographed a piece titled ” The Arrival” for Ballet Magnificat. In 2014 she completed a full length ballet for the company titled “Stratagem”, which will be toured across the country and overseas. In 2017 Tara was awarded the ‘Outstanding Choreographer Award” at the Youth American Grand Prix Competition in Chicago for her work titled “The Dying Swan.”
Tara resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband Bryce Drew, a former NBA player and current head basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. They have a son named Bryson.