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Tessa is terrific By Kate Sears

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From dancing — or rather jumping around — at three years old to jumping countries pursuing her dance career, Tessa Fox is making her way to the top. At 26 her performance CV is show-stopping. 

Her four overseas contracts with cruise ship company NCL have taken her to Europe and the Mediterranean, China and Japan, with the last contract situated in Scandinavia and Russia, with a little bit of Mexico, the Caribbean and New Orleans included towards the end of the trip. Her stint last year saw her perform in Rock of Ages for eight months on board the Norwegian Breakaway, which is one of NCL’s largest ships. While playing Constance in the hilarious and naughty musical, Tessa’s highlight was definitely the fact that some of her cast members had been in the show on Broadway and the West End. Given this, it was amazing to be in a show of such a high standard.  

“I have been to countless amazing countries because of my job and I can’t wait to keep going to more,” Tessa says. “Cruise ships are a little bit addictive because you get to travel the world while being paid to do what you love — perform. There are definitely a lot more places in the world I have to tick off my list, so I’ll be back on the seas this year and for many more to come, I’m sure.”

Having always adored theatre, Tessa says this is probably where her love of performing stems from. Seeing musicals in the city with her family was always a highlight, so much so that when she was in her teens she started thinking seriously about pursuing it as a career. The year after she graduated from Toorak College, she began a full-time dance course at Spectrum Dance and then completed a two-year Musical Theatre Diploma at Patrick Studios Australia. 

Recently, this foxy dancer was in the cast of Legends in Concert at Crown Melbourne. It’s a show from Vegas that features tributes to Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder. Tessa found it rewarding to perform on home ground for once because this time her friends and family could actually come and watch her perform.

“The majority of the band and tribute artists are from America. However, they hire Melbourne-based dancers for the Melbourne season. It was such a fun show to be a part of and such a great experience. I loved performing with such an amazingly talented cast to such great, great music.”

And what keeps her moving? “The feeling when you are on stage, it’s pretty awesome! And the amazing experiences it has allowed me to have all around the world.” 

While being back on the Mornington Peninsula for now, Tessa has her sights set on embracing the laid-back vibe that she loves so much. It will include indulging in great food while embracing amazing views with a glass of Peninsula wine in hand.

This “live in the now” person can only assume that she will continue performing and receiving travelling contracts for as long as she can. But who knows? Free-spirited Tessa thinks that you might even spot her in a new area that is the complete opposite to her current industry. Her repertoire of experience includes working as a magician’s assistant, an aerialist, and an actor in the musical called Wine Lovers as a singer/actor. Yep, Tessa’s terrific.  

Get the dance bug by following Tessa on Instagram @tessafox

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