Tara Weatherly a.k.a. “La Tarara” is a co-founder of Sendero Flamenco & owner of Studio Sendero. She has been performing since 2003 and began teaching in 2010. Her flamenco superpower is the ability to break down complex rhythms, movements, and concepts into bite-sized pieces and find multiple methods of teaching for her students. Her teaching credits include various intensive workshops, Ballet Minnesota’s Summer Camp, along with weekly classes. Creating choreographies for budding dancers has become one of her favorite jobs.
When it comes to performing, her greatest love is collaborating with other styles of dance, music, movement, and other art forms. She has created original works with Bharatanatyam dancer, Suchitra Sairam and tribal fusion dancers, Michelle Farinella and Stacy Sabin to name a few. You may also have seen her as a dancing statue at various events around Lowertown. Sendero Flamenco’s dance apprentice, Maribel Lopez, is often an enthusiastic partner in a number of these collaborative works.
Tara created Studio Sendero in 2010 and then moved into its location in the JAX Building in Lowertown St. Paul in October 2011. In 2016 the JAX Building was sold to developers and Studio Sendero moved into the Northern Warehouse with a group of artists to form Lowertown UnderGround Artists.
Aside from flamenco, La Tarara is heavily involved in the Lowertown art community. During the spring and fall St. Paul Art Crawls, she and Suchi Sairam organize the Lowertown Dance Showcase which gives our students a twice yearly chance to perform in a professional setting. Community projects she has co-coordinated with Rachel Wacker and the Rage to Order Artist Initiative include Saint Paul Cozy, Domination Corporation, 100 Love Letters for Lowertown, and The JAX Wake.
Tara lives in Lowertown with her partner Dave Bellmont, a documentary filmmaker and owner of Kinostadt Films. Kinostadt Films is a full service video production company specializing in documentaries, behind the scenes, corporate, and commercial projects. His keen artistic eye can be found in many documentaries of Lowertown events and artists.