Photo: Jeff Cravotta

Star Pair – Michael Tarwater

Dance Style – Cha Cha
Choreographer – Tatiana Kazakova

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Michael Tarwater

Background: The University of Alabama in Birmingham Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration, Master of Science in Hospital and Health Administration, 1978

Professional/Career: Chief Executive Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System

Interests/Hobbies/Dance Experience: Aviation, Golf, Participated in the YMCA’s Dancing with the Stars event

Why are you participating in this event?: To support NC Dance Theatre

Fun Fact: Airline Transport Rated Pilot

Non-profit/Charity Supporting along with NC Dance Theatre: Levine Cancer Institute  

Michael will be dancing with:

Tatiana Kazakova

Background: Tatiana Kazakova, professional ballroom dancer, co-owner and premiere instructor of Metropolitan Ballroom, has been dancing since age seven. As a teen she was a two-time Ukrainian National Junior & Youth Latin Champion, and was a Ukrainian National Amateur Latin and 10-Dance Finalist. In 1999 she moved to Russia and became a member of the Russian Dance Union where she was a finalist in the Grand Prix Series while representing Russia in International Dance Championships around the world.

Professional/Career: In 2009, Tatiana made “top 60” in the “So You Think You Can Dance -- Season 6” trials in Las Vegas.  She continues to train and mentor amateur students as well as professional instructors in advanced and expert levels of Latin and Ballroom dances.  She is also a NDCA Adjudicator authorized to judge dance competitions. In early 2011 she and her partner performed in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s presentation “Tangos and Tapas” featuring guest-conductor Maximiano Valdes and violin soloist Elena Urioste. In January 2013 she choreographed and performed in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s special presentation “Ballroom!” built entirely on Ballroom and Latin dance themes and conducted by Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

Fun Facts:  She is a mother of a 5 year old daughter who is a blossoming young dancer in ballet and ballroom, who has studied at Metropolitan Ballroom and at North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Pre-event voting has closed. If you are attending Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte, there will be opportunities to vote for your favorite Star Pair at the event.