Tessa Tamura
Actor, Dancer
Non Union
“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
– William Shakespeare

There isn’t much to do in a small and simple town like Lethbridge Alberta, so when Tessa was put into figure skating and dance classes at a very young age, they soon became everything to her. Spending all of her time after school at the rink or in the studio, she discovered a passion for both and became a dedicated student in both activities. At 16, she finally had to pick between the two, and she knew that dance was her strongest suit and realized she could possibly make a career out of it if she wanted to. Tessa left Lethbridge with 14 years of dance training under her belt; Including completing high levels of exams in Ballet (RAD), Tap (Al Gilbert) and Jazz (ADAPT).

She moved to Vancouver to become a member of The Source Dance Company and stayed with them for two years. Following those, came a year of Hip Hop with KTL and a professional year with Lux Dance Company. Throughout her years here, she has been given the opportunity to work with amazing choreographers and been introduced to the commercial side of the dance industry with productions such at “Ragz” (Nickelodeon), “Jinxed”(Nickelodeon), and “The Descendants” (Disney).

Tessa is now teaching a weekly contemporary class at Harbour Dance Centre and luckily bumping into amazing opportunities when they come her way. Still training and always learning, Tessa has become a very versatile dancer, performer and teacher and is incredibly thankful for the experiences she has accumulated throughout her 5 year adventure so far on the west coast. Being away from her family is still one of the hardest things she has ever had to do, but in the end knows that you have to take chances and risks in order to be successful and pursue a life long dream.