Get to Know Tara Moore - Distinguished Young Woman of America 2016

SC_TaraMooreName: Tara Moore

Age: 18

Hometown : Easley, South Carolina

College: Clemson University 

Major: Biological Sciences 

What is Your Favorite Food? Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

What is your favorite TV show? So You Think You Can Dance

What is Your Favorite Movie? College Road Trip

What is your favorite quote?  “In life as in dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor, it’s to enjoy each step along the way.”

What is your favorite time of year? Clemson Football Season

Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Plan Ahead 

Paper OR plastic? Paper

Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Glass half-full

Introvert OR extrovert?  A little of both. I am independent at times and can be a perfectionist about dance and school activities, but I am also very outgoing and love to meet new people!

Cats OR Dogs? Dogs

Morning person OR night person?  Really I am neither because I love to sleep in, and if I don’t take a nap during the day, I am like a grandma and go to bed super early! But if I had to pick I would probably go with a night person.

If you could be any color crayon, what would you be and why?  Orange because it is bright and reminds me of my favorite team, the Clemson Tigers!

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?  Grape jelly (because I love PB&J sandwiches), Milk (because I eat cereal every morning for breakfast), and cheese (because everything is better with cheese on it!)

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, with whom would it be?  Julianne Hough! She is a triple threat that can dance, sing, and act.  Also, I would love to be on the show “Dancing with the Stars” where she formerly competed and is now a judge.

Sum yourself up in three words: Relatable, Talented, and Humble.

What do you want to be when you grow up and why?  A pediatric physical therapist. It combines my love for children and dance background, and I think it would be a great fit for me.

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience.  

My single-most favorite moment from my DYW journey would have to be performing my talent on the national stage in Mobile, Alabama. Dance is one of my greatest passions in life, and I so enjoyed sharing that passion with the audience while representing my home state of South Carolina. I performed an upbeat jazz routine to a mix of songs by Gloria Estefan. As I waited to take the stage, I also formed a very close relationship with the backstage director, Bruce Morgan. The first time I called him Mr. Bruce, he was quick to correct me that it was just Bruce, and we have had laughs ever since. I always put baby powder on my dance shoes before I go on stage because it helps with my turns, and he even offered to hold it for me while I performed. Sharing my talent with the audience was an area of the competition where I felt comfortable, and the relationships I formed backstage with staff members and my fellow participants were priceless. As the Distinguished Young Woman of America, I am able to continue to represent a program that is very dear to my heart, and I will forever cherish the memories and friendships that I have made throughout my journey.

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