Lara Tant was born in Philadelphia, PA. She trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC under the direction of Ludmila Markovina and Alla Sizova. Additionally she supplemented her training through summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, where she had the opportunity to be coached by Leslie Brown and Rebecca Wright. Finally she completed her professional training in the Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School. Lara began her professional career at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2003, where she also embarked upon her career as a ballet teacher. In 2005 she joined Connecticut Ballet in Stamford, CT.
In 2007 Lara co-founded Exit 12 Dance Company with Roman Baca and Lisa Fitzgerald. In addition to dancing with Exit 12 Lara performs with many companies and choreographers in New York City including Rebecca Kelly Ballet, David Fernandez, Alison Cook-Beatty Dance Company, Mooney-Cooley Dance, Lou Troisi, and as a guest artist with Ballet Theatre Company in West Hartford, CT. Lara has performed many classical and contemporary works; her favorites include Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.
Lara is currently a full time faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan where she teaches in the Children’s, Youth Ballet and Adult Programs.