Tara Sherman was a former dancer with the School of American Ballet and performed with the New York City Ballet. At Brown University, she was pre-med and continued to dance and perform. Tara felt the artist and scientist in her were split and could not find a way to bridge these two aspects of her life. She became a psychiatrist working as an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and in private practice in Manhattan. After 20 years of service at the Hospital she left her faculty position, but continues her private practice.
With the available time she has found a way to bridge the art and science, using dance to help people with Parkinson’s disease. She joined Dance for PD® in 2013, where she led the establishment of Dance for PD’s Riverdale class site, located at the College of Mount Saint, involving students from the college. Tara was the guest speaker for the Bloomingdale Aging in Place organization, speaking about how dance can heal body and soul. She has led multiple workshops for day-long events on The Art of Healing sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary. She conducts workshops for chaplains in training using dance as a way to help inform their interaction with patients.