Tess Minnick is an accomplished former competitive dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer with over 15 years of professional experience in a variety of dance styles as both a 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
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. She dances at the All-Star level of 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 competed at the All-Star level of West Coast Swing and has danced in several performance groups for WCS, Ballroom,
Lindy Hop and Salsa.
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 form of language and artistic expression like no other art form and loves so much to spread the confidence, joy and musicality she has learned and continues to learn on her dance journey. You rarely see a dancer who isn't smiling!