Tara Webster || 17 || Xenia Goodwin || Second Year || October 8th || Taken
“I’ve always known that in another life I can fly.”
Tara Webster grew up on a farm in the Australian countryside, dancing barefoot in wheat fields and dreaming of becoming a professional dancer. She is naive, sensitive, and completely unprepared for life at the ultra-competitive National Academy of Dance. To succeed in Sydney, Tara will have to overcome homesickness, brutal criticism, a spiteful roommate, and an endless stream of embarrassing moments — most of which involve her crush-es. The other students have far more dance training than Tara, but despite the odds, she is fiercely determined to make her dreams come true.
Abigail Armstrong || 18 || Dena Kaplan || Second Year || May 3rd || Taken
“I’m not a bitch. I’m ambitious. There’s a difference.”
Abigail is beautiful, charismatic, and talented… especially when it comes to manipulating the people around her. Abigail has always been the best student in her dance classes, and that’s not a title she’s going to give up easily. Naturally gifted — and naturally ruthless — she’s always willing to push her body to the limit. Ballet is the most important thing in Abigail’s life. She’ll do whatever it takes to stay ahead of the competition, even if it means stepping on a few friends along the way.
Katrina “Kat” Karamakov || 17 || Alicia Banit || Second Year || August 5th || Taken ||
“Help! I’m being held hostage in a ballet school. Send chocolate!”
Kat’s dance talent is no surprise — her mother is the National Ballet Company’s principal ballerina, and her father is an acclaimed choreographer. Despite her family background, Kat finds ballet boring. She doesn’t know what she wants to do in the future, but she knows there’s more to life than dance. Kat’s mischievous attitude doesn’t go over well with instructors, but her energy and laughter are infectious.