Tamara Irving is a distinguished arts educator and performer with more than 20 years of professional experience and 12 years in the classroom. She was in the premiere casts of both the Hamburg Germany Company and the Cheetah US National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. She has also been a featured dancer with The Atlanta Opera and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Her success may be found in building arts programs, including fundraising, outreach, and engagement. Tamara’s background in marketing, along with her experience as a professional dance artist has allowed her to bring a wealth of training, arts curricula design, artistic direction, and utilization of technology in teaching. Tamara recently completed 12 years as the dance director at her alma mater North Atlanta High School where she was the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. She received her Master of Arts in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2017. Due to limited support in many school districts for arts educators, Tamara was led to create a consulting firm that supported arts education programs, TMI Design and Consulting. In addition to being a professional dancer, entrepreneur and educator, Tamara is also a proud wife and mom of 3 future artists! Tamara believes that her gift is to inspire others through dance and that movement can come from anything!