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TESSANDRA CHAVEZ

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Emmy Award-winning Tessandra Chavez is an in-demand choreographer with her work spanning across the entire entertainment industry. So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and X-Factor USA/UK are just a few of the hit shows her work has been featured on!

On September 12, 2015, Tessandra, along with celebrity dancer-choreographers Derek and Julianne Hough, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for their Dancing with the Stars season-finale routine to Sia’s “Elastic Heart.”  For anyone who has seen the routine, either on TV or YouTube, the award is no surprise. The routine captures Tessandra’s signature choreography, a progressive brand of Contemporary that is both athletic and intensely emotional. Performed by the Hough’s, the exciting brother and sister dance team, “Elastic Heart” became an instant classic.

In addition to her Emmy win and plethora of television work, just this year, she recently took home 2 World Choreography Awards. One for best Music Video from Blake McGrath’s “Missing You” & Best Digital Content “Hold On.” Tessandra has created masterful work for the legendary band MUSE. The “Dead Inside” music video featuring Kathryn McCormick and William Wingfield all stars of SYTYCD has hit 22 million views on YouTube and has become a MUSE classic. She was also supervising choreographer for Dancing with the Stars in China, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, D-Trix’s Dance Showdown, Disney’s Dance Crew and the film “Heartbeats” directed by the pioneer of dance films, Duane Adler.

Growing up in San Diego, Tessandra began dancing at the age of 5, choreographing at the age of 11, and even founded her own dance company, Unity Dance Ensemble, at the age of 15. The struggle of growing up in a low-income single-parent household helped drive Tessandra to dedicate her entirety to perfecting her craft. Tessandra gained extensive and versatile training in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet, and Hip Hop. This mastery of multiple styles of dance has made her unparalleled in her field. In fact, many regard her as the pioneer of ‘Contemporary Hip Hop.’

Amongst her many accolades for her choreography, Tessandra is also well known across the globe as a master instructor. For 6 years she was head of Jazz dance at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy where she trained a multitude of dancers who are now professional dancers in the business. She was also blessed to work along side and learn from the legend herself, Debbie Allen. As one of the most sought after dance instructors in the business, Tessandra has found the perfect balance in pushing the limits of her students while inspiring them to be performance masters in their craft. With a firm, but loving hand, she continues to groom the next generation of masterful dancers. She believes in making dancers great people as well as phenomenal dancers.

“There was never another alternative to succeeding in this business.

I don’t believe in plan B’s. Creating dance is my best voice and my truth.”

-Tessandra Chavez

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Television
Holidays with the Hough's
Choreographer
NBC
Bring It!
Guest Choreographer
Pilgrim Studios
World of Dance
Supervising Choreographer
NBC
Dancing With The Stars w/ Sia "Elastic Heart"
Co-Choreographer *Emmy Award Win*
ABC
The Late, Late Show with James Corden w/ Idina Menzel
Choreographer
CBS
So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 - 12
Choreographer
Fox
DanceOn Dance Showdown
Supervising Choreographer
Dance On Internet Series
America's Got Talent
Associate Choreographer
NBC
X-Factor USA
Associate Supervising Choreographer
Fox/Syco
X-Factor UK
Choreographer
ITV UK
American Idol
Associate Choreographer
Fox
Strictly Come Dancing China - 11 episodes
Supervising Choreographer
China
In Living Color (Fly Girls) - 2012 Pilot
Associate Choreographer
Fox
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
Supervising Choreographer
Collins Avenue / Lifetime
Award Shows
2019 Teen Choice Awards w/ Jordan McGraw
Choreographer
FOX
2018 AMA Awards w/ Mariah Carey "With You"
Choreographer
ABC
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards w/ Fifth Harmony
Assistant Creative Director
Disney Channel
2015 BET Award Show w/ Janet Jackson Tribute Assistant
Creative Director
BET
Concerts/Tours/Events
Janet Jackson "Metamorphosis"
Choreographer
Park MGM | Las Vegas
Lindsey Stirling "The Artemis" Tour
Choreographer
2019
Derek Hough Live: The Tour
Choreograper
Writer/Dir. Nappytabs
Dancing With The Stars Tour
Choreographer
Museum of Dance
Choreographer
World of Dance Tour
Choreographer
Disney Expo- Las Vegas 2017
Choreographer
Move Live Tour 2014 - 2017
Contributing Choreographer
Dir. Napoleon and Tabitha
So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 Tour
Contributing Choreographer
AEG Live
Disney Dance Crew
Choreographer
Disneyland
Film
Heart Beats
Supervising Choreographer
Dir. Duane Adler
Awards
Best Choreography in Digital Content "Hold On"
2018 World Choreography Award Winner
Best Choreography in Music Video -Blake McGrath "Missing You"
2018 World Choreography Award Winner
Dancing With The Stars w/ Sia's "Elastic Heart" with Julianne & Derek Hough
2015 Emmy Winner
America's Favorite Performance
2015 Industry Dance Awards
Jazz Dance World Congress
2004 Silver Winner Best Choreography
Best Choreography on TV
2016 World of Dance Awards
Music Videos
Justin Beiber "Habitual"
Choreographer
Blake McGrath "Dive in the Water"
Director
Sage Charmaine "June"
Choreographer
Blake McGrath "Missing You"
Choreographer
Blake McGrath "Love Myself"
Choreographer
NYA
Choreographer
NYA Entertainment
Van Ness Wu "OLS"
Choreographer
Dir. Tim Milgram / Golden Step Co, ltd.
Muse "Dead Inside"
Choreographer
Dir. Robert Hales / DNA Inc
Boa "Hurricane Venus"
Choreographer
SM Entertainment
Soccx "Scream Out Loud"
Choreographer
Kevin Stea "Machine and Magic"
Choreographer
Jesca Hoop "Hospital"
Choreographer
Miscellaneous
Unity LA/Unity Dance Ensemble
Founder/Artistic Director/Producer/Director/Choreographer
Teaching
Debbie Allen Dance Academy
Jazz and Hip Hop Master Instructor
Edge Performing Arts Center
Jazz Funk Instructor
The Pulse Dance Convention
Contemporary Hip Hop Instructor
Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention
Contemporary Instructor
Velocity Dance Convention
Contemporary Hip Hop Instructor
Radix Dance Convention
Contemporary Fusion Instructor
The Main Event
Contemporary Fusion Instructor
Boa
Female Pop Singer / Artist Development
Carishma
Female Pop Singer / Artist Development

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