Broadway Ballroom professional instructor specializing in West
Tessa has a natural kinesthetic ability and musical
sense which she used in her youth through sports and music. She has
2 Bachelors degrees: one in Human Kinetics which gives her a deep
technical understanding of body movement, and one in Education which
enables her to breakdown and explain those movements to learners.
Partnered with Myles Munroe, she has achieved the
distinction of becoming Canada's West Coast Swing Champions. Both
love the spotlight and live to perform. They are passionate about
dance (Swing in particular), improving and progressing their own
dancing, and about sharing their gifts and expertise with eager spectators
Tessa was born in Vancouver and raised in the suburb
of Coquitlam. After a lifetime of competitive swimming and music,
she attended UBC to acheive her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree.
Her dad took up ballroom dancing and she would hang out at
the parties and try to follow along. She learned how to follow even
before she learned how to dance. Upon graduation, she was looking
for a new hobby and found 2Can Dance Company. She spent 1 year learning
the basics of all the partner dances under local instructor Ian Kirkconnell.
When Ian discovered the West Coast Swing phenomenon, he convinced
her to attend her first swing event, Seattle Easter Swing where she
fell in love at first sight with the dance.
Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham are Canada's
West Coast Swing Champions, ranked in the top 5 in the world. Myles
19 years of diverse dance training includes 6 UCWDC World Championship
titles. Tessa brings academic expertise to the partnership, with
university degrees in both Human Kinetics and Education. As performers,
they are known for their cutting-edge artistic choreography, positive
youthful energy, and enviable musical expression. Their extensive
teacher training and experience and loveable delivery of correct
foundational technique inspires and empowers students of all levels.
They are ambassadors for modern, authentic West Coast Swing: teaching,
judging, performing and competing all over the world.