Tessa has been a dance enthusiast since the age of 5. She has practiced many forms of dance from an early age including classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. Tessa studied Dance in Year 12 as part of her SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) and has competed in numerous State Dance competitions, exams, concerts and performances. After high school, Tessa stopped dancing to focus on her studies. In 2007 she completed a double degree – Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/ Primary) – specialising in Primary French Teaching. After university, Tessa moved to France to teach English. Upon her return to Australia, Tessa decided on a career change and accepted a job as a Flight Attendant.