Born in Israel, Tafat began her ballet training at age 5 at Lifschitz’ Russian School. At age 10, her family moved to the U.S, where she trained with Minnesota Dance Theater. Adding Modern Dance, improvisation, and partnering to her repertoire, Tafat performed many classic works, original choreography by Loyce and Lise Houlton, and multiple roles in the Nutcracker Suite. Tafat also trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Zenon Dance. At age 14, she auditioned for her “dream company” Alvin Ailey’s summer program, and got accepted despite their minimum age of 15. During college at UW-Madison, although she majored in Psychology, Tafat danced alongside dance majors, and was asked to perform in their thesis performances, as well as works by choreographer and Professor Jin-Wen Yu. After college, Tafat returned to Israel and was a company member with Inbal Dance Theater, as well as danced in opera productions at The Israeli Opera. During that time she taught ballet technique to 14-18 year olds. Upon returning to the U.S, Tafat taught ballet for dancers ages 8-18. She is excited to be the Ballet Director at PDC and share her passion for ballet with our dancers!