Tessa began her dance training at Kate’s Dance academy in Calgary, AB in 2001, where she studied the I.S.T.D. method in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, and Dance Theatre. She performed at various assisted living homes as well as the outdoor stage at Calaway Park just outside Calgary, AB. After moving to Spruce Grove, AB in 2007 she began dancing at Ward School of Dance, training in various disciplines including Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. In her senior year of high school, while still dancing at Ward, Tessa transferred to Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts to gain new dance experience and further her technique. Tessa travelled with the dance group to Miami, FL for the National High School Dance Festival in 2010 where she took classes with prestigious instructors as well as advanced dancers from both Miami’s New World School of the Arts College and from around the world. She has also performed at various events within Edmonton and area such has Hip Hop for Hope, Artist’s Emerge, Leaps and Bounds at the Eva O. Howard theatre, and the opening ceremonies for the Alberta Winter Games of 2012.
While studying at the University of Alberta, Tessa began assistant teaching and realized her love of dancing had bloomed into a passion for dance instruction as well. She began teaching Preschool classes at Ward in 2012. Since then, Tessa has pursued higher levels of dance instruction education to further her technique and teaching methods. Tessa is certified in both Module 1 and Module 2 of the Acrobatic Arts syllabus and has spearheaded the Acro program at Ward. She is also a certified Intellidance™ Tots instructor, and has a High Five certificate in “Principles of Healthy Child Development.” In July 2015, she attended the “Dance Teacher Summit” in Long Beach, CA alongside Ward’s owners and some of its amazing teachers to enrich her methods of teaching even further.
In 2016, Tessa purused additional teaching opportunities including instruction for the Devon Skating Club off ice training program as well as Acro instruction at Dance Unlimited. She has started to explore the role of choreographer as well as teacher.
Tessa’s work with children in her professional life greatly assists in understanding how to be a better teacher and role model in the dance studio. She has been able to combine her work with children with special needs and her love of dance by teaching the Dance Without Limits program at Ward in collaboration with the Cerebral Palsy Association.
Dance has always been the greatest joy in Tessa’s life, and she cannot wait to take on another year of teaching, learning, and fun!