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Tara Smith: Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teacher and Food & Lifestyle blogger for ‘Tara’s Busy Kitchen and Other Stories’

Tara Smith: Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teacher and Food & Lifestyle blogger for ‘Tara’s Busy Kitchen and Other Stories’

Biggest professional achievement to date

In the dance world, it would be gaining my RAD Advanced ballet exam way in to my 20’s: an achievement in itself but made all the more sweet with a result 2 marks off a distinction.


Most profound, life-changing, business moment

Seeing the joy, passion and commitment on my students faces when they achieve something new. Ballet isn’t an easy art form to perform with ease and grace and seeing the children and young adults working hard, getting fabulous exam results and smashing personal goals fills me with pride on a daily basis. There is no better feeling.


Best life advice ever received

Be true to yourself and stand proud. You are the mistress of your own destiny.


If you could make one change to the world

Grass roots education in food, fitness and nutrition. I would try and get people shopping locally and eating fresh, local produce and moving more. If we, as a whole, utilised what was in our local community we would keep money local, help our community thrive and be healthier to boot!


Heartfelt Belief

Good things come to those who wait.


“You Only Live Once, but if you do it right once is enough”



Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!




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