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On April 28, 2016

Tessa Crawford

Also a Youth Ballet Instructor.

Tessa Crawford originates from Columbia, Missouri where she began dancing at the age of 3 and competitively dancing at the age of 5. She did most of her training and competing at Columbia Performing Arts Centre where she was given the opportunity to study and train under teachers and choreographers such as Benoit Swan Pouffer, Kristen Weiser, Jon Bond, Jennifer Parsley, Jessica Lee Keller, Jennifer Lee, Colleen Pratt, and many more. Throughout her competition career Tessa received many top scoring awards along with many regional and national titles.

After high school Tessa was one of 16 accepted into The Hartt School Dance Division BFA program, under the direction of Stephen Pier. Tessa spent 4 years intensely studying and training in various styles such as Ballet, Pointe work, Graham, Limon, and Contemporary. During her 4 years at Hartt Tessa was able to work with many influential choreographers and artists in the field. These individuals include but are not limited to Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Samantha Dunster, Gregory Dolbashian, Loni Landon, Take Ueyama, and Charlotte Griffin. In May of 2014 Tessa graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance performance.

Tessa has been fortunate enough to have gained additional training by attending programs around the country such as Cedar Lake 360 (2011 and 2013), Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project (2014). She also has traveled overseas to train at The Julidanse Festival in Amsterdam, NL.

Tessa currently resides in New York City where she is a professional dancer in the city. She currently is dancing for The DASH Ensemble, under the direction of Gregory Dolbashian, along with being a part of a new show, “Que Sera Sera”, produced and directed by Shirlene Quigley. Tessa also does freelance work around the city and teaches and choreographs at various studios around the country.

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