- Based in Cortland, NY, USA
7+ yrs Teaching, Performing Dance locally and world wide
A local to Ithaca, Tessa graduated with a B.A in Arts Education and a Minor in Dance from William Smith College. With nothing to lose after graduating Tessa uplifted and moved across the country to land in San Francisco, CA. An immense love for this art form and her adventurous and determined spirit quickly took her through the ranks, first performing with Damage Control Dance Directed by Cera Byer and then teaming up with Jill Parker "the mama of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance" working as the co-director to her company the Foxglove Sweethearts and traveling the world as an Assistant Teacher.
On stage, her style is smooth, rounded, and subtle, yet strong and focused, exuding
an energy that is mysteriously feminine, and intoxicating. She hypnotizes the audience, pulling them into a space where there is nothing but the smoky winding of music, graceful, languid, movement, and the eternal moment. As a teacher, she is attentive and aware of her students, and is skilled in assisting them in their development. In person, she seems to always have a warm, friendly smile with one eye focused inward. Tessa strives for technical proficiency, artistic integrity and emotional strength. She is an inspirational, dynamic, gentle teacher. Experience Belly Dance from the Heart.