Tamar Gabelev (she/her)

Dallas, TX

BFA Class of 2025

Where did you train?

I trained at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and separately with Yulia Ilina.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by art and other artists: a movement from Chopin’s “Prelude,” Gene Kelly’s “Dancing in the Rain,” Monet’s delicate and light paintings. Art in any form is an expression of emotion. When it moves me, I am inspired to create on my own.

Describe yourself in three words.

Empathetic. Persistent. Energetic.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I speak Russian fluently!

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman?

Attending USC has been a dream of mine since I was 14. It is an honor to be learning from a world-class faculty and alongside a group of inspiring and talented dancers. I can’t wait to start my four-year journey at USC Kaufman.