Tess Minnick is a professional and former competitive dancer gone Rogue

Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley that is!

Viennese waltz


West coast swing

Tess Minnick is an accomplished competitive dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer with over 14 years of professional experience in a wide variety of dance styles as an experienced leader and follower:

Swing: West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Peabody, Balboa, Fusion

Tango: Argentine, Milonga, Tango Vals

Country: Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Triple Two Step, Polka, Country Swing, One Step, Country Waltz

American Smooth/Standard: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep

American Rhythm/International Latin: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Paso Doble, Samba

Latin: Salsa (on 1 and 2), Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha

Tess has competed professionally in American Rhythm, American Smooth, Country(UCWDC) styles and is semi-retired from the West Coast Swing(WSDC) circuit as an All-Star leveled dancer.


She was the 2015 1st place winner of the US Open Swing Dance Championships in Jack n Jill and Strictly division for West Coast Swing and has finaled in every pointed West Coast Swing convention attended. She often placed in the top 5 winners of the WCS convention circuit in every competitive level.

Tess is a professional American Smooth champion, Open professional Rhythm national finalist, Division 1 country dance champion, and Masters qualified country Dance competitor. She competed at the All-Star level of West Coast Swing and has danced in several performance groups for WCS, Ballroom, Lindy Hop, Salsa and traditional Irish Step Dancing.


While Tess still practices her performance dance skills daily, she is passionately committed to teaching people to speak the sophisticated language of partner dancing at the social level. She loves to participate in the education of high quality social dancing and always seeks to help others become the dancers they wish to be. Tess believes partner dancing is a highly evolved form of language and artistic expression like no other art form and loves so much to spread the confidence, joy and personal artistry of her own dance skills.

Dancing is a conversation! 

In 2016, Tess moved from Austin, Texas (And before that from Washington D.C. area) to Medford, Oregon to be closer to family and help create great social dancers in the local partner dance community. She came from an extensive and trained background in a variety of partner dance styles from a social level all the way to a highly accomplished performance and competitive level. These days, Tess has hung up her competition shoes to bring her dance knowledge to those who wish to experience the joy of social dancing to a variety of musical styles or those who seek to add the magic of movement and body communication to their lives!

Tess now channels her love of performing music, dance and art through a few different creative projects.


Tess is a singer-songwriter as her musical alter- ego and original Blues - Rockabilly - Jazz band "The Giantess". She is also the digital artist behind The Giantess character and gig poster artwork on the band's website - www.TheGiantessBand.com

Tess is the third member of a collaborative dance "concept video" series called "The Blind Deer Project". You can see their completed DIY - style dance, music and film projects in the video section through Facebook and Youtube. Just Search for The Blind Deer Project!