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.  Tessa strives for technical proficiency, artistic integrity and emotional strength. She is an inspirational, dynamic, gentle teacher. Experience Belly Dance from the Heart. 

Tessa believes that dance is for everyone, and that is should be a joyful exploration of Self. 

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75 East Court Street, Cortland NY

3rd Floor

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