Tara Pilbrow Dance makes thoughtful and engaging dance theater. We recount tales of daily life in a way that brings out their colour, contrast and emotional intensity. Our goal is to hang on to those fleeting moments of delight and despair that are part of every human experience.

Every piece brings together movement, music and text to create a unique narrative. We aim to create work that is sophisticated and intelligent, while ensuring that it is accessible to the widest possible audience.

"The body has always been a source of fascination for me, the experience of it as a sensory mechanism, the joy of understanding it, the challenge of mastering and analysing movement.  The principal goal of my art is to share this fascination with others, through performance and teaching, but also through video, image and text."


Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Tara studied dance at Laban Centre before going to Oxford to complete a degree in Chinese Studies. While in China for her degree course, Tara studied with some of Asia's leading dance companies: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Beijing Modern Dance Company and CCDC, Hong Kong.

On her return to Oxford she joined Biserk DAnce Company wirh whol she conitmued to perform for five years. On leaving Oxford Tara spent four months in New York studyinng at Dance Space CEnter and dancing for choreographer Juliette Mapp. She then settled in Paris where she lived for ten years, working with a number of dance companies (including Cie Jacky Auvray, Cie Longuelouve, Prisme INternational, Cie Gilschamber, Cie Les Orpailleurs) as well as creating her own work.

She founded Tara Pilbrow Dance on her return to the UK in 2011 and created Entangled, Inflanla, Waltzing Words and 2+1.

Tara moved to the Bay Area in January 2017, making her home in Alameda. She restaged 2+1 with a local cast, and presented it in Berkeley and Alameda. In 2018 she joined the board of Alameda non profit West End Arts District. She initiated the Animate Alameda Project with the aim of proliferating and promoting dance performance in Alameda. 2018 saw the launch of Animate Dance Festival, Alameda's first free outdoor dance festival, and in 2019, we launched Animate Shorts, a series of site-specific dance performances for which she created Stop, Drop, Drink and most recently Breathe.