Get To Know Tessa

Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Tenure as a Cavalier Girl: 1st Year


Former Cavaliers Legends: Austin Carr
Quote: "Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion." –Martha Graham
Movie: Anything Disney
Cleveland Area Restaurant: Barrio
Article of Clothing: Sweatpants
Phone App: Instagram
Movie Character: Pascal, from Tangled
TV Show: Orange is the New Black 
Holiday: Christmas
Charity: The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (CARE)

More Questions!

What is your junk food weakness? Dark chocolate

Who is your celebrity crush? For me to know and you to find out! xoxo

What is your dream date? Hiking anywhere with waterfalls.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB? To open a rehabilitation center for abused or confiscated exotic animals.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Losing my loved ones.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Yes! I have a retired racing greyhound named Roo and a rescued pitbull named Miley.

WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE? My great-grandmother, she was the first woman in my family to get a college education and the first female school principal in the United States!


IF YOU HAD TO PICK TWO FAMOUS PEOPLE TO BE YOUR PARENTS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? I can’t imagine having any other parents than my own! Love you Mom and Dad!

LIST 5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU? Driven, Passionate, Kind, Open-minded, Helpful


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WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?  I have a Master’s degree in Primate Conservation.


BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Getting my research published in a scientific journal.

A FAILURE YOU LEARNED FROM: Every dancer is told “No” so many times throughout their dance career. But every “No” fuels your drive to improve yourself for next time, just believe that the right opportunity for you is just around the corner!

WHAT FAMOUS PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH? Ellen Degeneres. She is hilarious and is always giving back to the community in amazing ways!  

What is your guilty pleasure? Ice cream

What would be your super power? Teleportation

What celebrity would play you in a movie about yourself: Jennifer Lawrence

I am most proud of: My academic accomplishments.

What is your dancing background and experience?  I grew up as a competition dancer at Armstrong School of Dance in Ithaca, NY. I was also a dance minor in college and choreographed for our dance productions every year.

Why did you decide to audition for the Cavalier Girls?  I love that I have always been able to keep dance in my life no matter what. And what better way to live that dream than by sharing my passion with the best fans in the NBA!

If you can say anything to Cavalier fans, what would you say? Thank you so much for truly being the best fans in the land! 

What advice would you give someone who dreams of becoming a Cavalier Girl? Always keep putting in the hard work to grow as a dancer. Your greatest achievements will come when you reach outside your comfort zone. As long as you are passionate about dance you can reach any goal you set your mind to!  

What do you like most about being a part of the Cavalier Girls? Being part of a team of women that are not only amazing dancers, but are inspirational and hard-working off the court as well.

Most memorable Cavalier Girl moment so far? Being with my teammates when they announced that we had all made the team - knowing that all of our hard work had paid off and that it was only the beginning of an amazing season!

Hardest part about being a Cavalier Girl? Juggling the demands of a full-time job as well as practices and games can be hectic! But it is all worth it to be able to pursue my passion and share my love for dance with our amazing fans!


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