Tess Minnick is a professional and former competitive dancer gone Rogue...Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley That is!
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". Check out their completed DIY - style dance, music and film projects in the video section!
Tess Minnick is an accomplished competitive dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer with over 15 years of professional experience in a wide variety of dance styles:
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 currently on the West Coast Swing(WSDC) circuit.
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.
Tess is a professional American Smooth champion, Open professional Rhythm national finalist, Division 1 country dance champion, and Masters qualified country Dance competitor. She competes at the All-Star level of west coast swing and has danced in several performance groups for west coast swing, salsa and lindy hop.
In addition to competing and performing, her passion for all dance styles is evident in her quality instruction. She is devoted to the art of social dancing, fusion of styles, and inspiring anyone to enjoy themselves on the dance floor! She has taught all over the country with a home base in Southern Oregon.