BAUXITE – Bauxite Dance Coach Charlotte Tarver is making winning a habit. After the dance team won the 4A State Dance championship for the sixth straight season, Tarver was named the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year last week.
“I’ve been doing this for 22 years and I just feel very blessed and humbled that I won the award,” Tarver said. “I just think it’s an honor and there’s so many deserving coaches in the state of Arkansas. I feel very honored that they chose me.”
Tarver is also making it a habit of winning Coach of the Year, as she won in 2017 as well. Tarver’s daughter Chelsea Gilbreath, who owns Dancer’s Edge Studio and serves as Bauxite Dance’s choreographer, also won Coach of the Year for Bauxite in 2015.
“She’s a great choreographer,” Tarver said of her daughter, and also credited assistant coach Rebecca Ragsdale to Bauxite’s success.
Not only is Tarver the varsity dance coach, but she also coaches the junior high team.
“These girls that I have this year, I have had them six years straight so that’s special as well,” Tarver said.
The Bauxite Dance team, competing against Arkadelphia, Valley View and Brookland at state, swept all four routines this past year to garner the sixth straight state title.
“I always tell the girls, ‘hashtag, be humble,’” Tarver said. “The girls work very, very hard. As soon as we get a new squad we start working on our routines. To win state in dance, you have four routines – hip hop, pom, high kick and jazz – and you have to do at least three of those routines.
“I’ve got a great group of girls. I couldn’t do it without them or their parents. The parents are so supportive. “People don’t realize how many hours after school you work and on Saturday’s. I’m very blessed to have such wonderful parents and great kids that were on my team this year.”
Tarver also gives credit to a very supportive school district.
“My administration is very supportive of us, and I appreciate our school district is so supportive of us,” she said. “To me, the most important thing is we represent our school district and we represent Bauxite well. Our athletes that we cheer for come first, so it’s important we represent our school district.”