Making A Splash

In one breathtaking year, young Tara Devon Gallagher, 13, dances and swims in two fascinating films: Mad Hot Ballroom and Swimmers


NEW YORK // IN SPITE OF HER ZIPPERED leopard-print vest, her glitzy resume and the rave reviews she has gotten from showbiz-industry magazines, when Tara Devon Gallagher makes her appearance on a March Saturday, it hardly qualifies as the stuff of movie stardom.

She enters a SoHo bistro with her mother and grandmother, who sit down to share brunch. Her nose is running. And once she takes a seat, she can't decide between the pancakes (a house specialty) and the Caesar salad on the menu. "What's wheat germ?" she asks with a laugh, adding that she just started being a vegetarian a couple of weeks ago.

SWIMMERS / / Opens Friday / / Screening to benefit Maryland Film Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday ($10); 5:30 reception ($100) / / Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. / / 410-752-8083 or

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