Staff Bios

Tiara Smith-Dent

Tiara Smith-Dent

Dance Teacher


Tiara “Tia” has been dancing since she was a young girl starting in hip hop. As she got older she trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, Tahitian, Hula, and Egyptian belly dancing. Tia has danced in a Polynesian company called Glory of Paradise and performed and toured around Orange County under the direction and teaching of Desmond Lagmay and teaching. She recently graduated from Fullerton College with her AA in Child Development and is currently going to UCR to get her Bachelors in Dance. At UCR Tia danced in UCR's Dancing Collective as well as being selected for the Gluck Contemporary Dance ensemble, she eventually wants to become a dance and movement therapist.

Language: English

Hometown: Moreno Valley, California

School: Valley Ballet Academy
Fullerton College 2013
Currently goes UCR for a BA in Dance

Years Teaching: 10