Tessa started dancing at the age of 4 and has not had a day without it since! She competed in competitions all over NZ and has travelled to Australia. After completing all of her exams, she had found her true passion, which was teaching. Tessa is now a full time teacher/choreographer at Bays School of Dance.
Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson grew up in Christchurch, and after ten years dancing in the United States, is currently a soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in New York, and he danced with the Houston Ballet from 2017 to 2020. Josh was a tap dancer for many years, before he transitioned into ballet and contemporary at 14 when he left New Zealand to study full time at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He is also well-versed in modern dance, jazz, improvisation and choreography, and is passionate about all kinds of dance. Josh has attended summer intensives at Nederlands Dans Theater, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Axis Connect New York, and he has danced in the White House.
Josh was featured in the New Zealand documentary series Dare to Dream as one of six New Zealanders following their dream. He has received critical acclaim from both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times for his performances in Paul Taylor’s Roses and Merce Cunningham’s Night of 100 Solos. He recently debuted his first principal roles as Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty and as Albrecht in Giselle and he was named one of Pointe Magazine’s Stars of the Corps for 2020.
Josh is also a teacher and choreographer, with his choreography receiving Choreographic Honours during three of his years at Juilliard. He is thrilled to be returning to CTDTA as an adjudicator after many formative years competing in these comps at the beginning of his dance journey. He can’t wait to see some awesome dancing!