Tessa is a Brussels based performer, dancer and certified Stott Pilates teacher from New Zealand.
Tessa is freelance, organising matt, reformer and barre classes at BRUSSELS PILATES as well as group matt classes at MAD Brussels, and private lessons either in peoples homes or companies/enterprises.
Tessa is passionate about helping people to live a happier and pain-free life through music, movement and mind/body intelligent exercise.
She is active in the Brussels dance and music community, and is herself a DJette inspired by soul music from the 60`s and 70`s.
Watch this recent interview from BRUZZ TV on Tessa and her Brussels story https://www.bruzz.be/videoreeks/bruzz-international-zondag-16-december-2018/video-tessa-martin-de-brusselaars-hebben?fbclid=IwAR3ka-2qQncoDhiBzHqDkd35-L9Gn6L09hupjSLwmtJ4DU7OG95XzR2P-LU
DANCE AND PILATES BIO
Tessa was introduced to the essentials of Pilates and Barre au sol while studying full-time classical ballet at the International Ballet Academy (NZ) 2003-2005, with dancer/director Sherilyn Kennedy (Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet).
Since her training she used the essentials of Pilates within her own dance practice because of its concentration on having a strong centre in order to move stress-free.
After graduating Tessa was involved in dance collectives - choreographing and performing with live bands in Wellington and Auckland (NZ). She worked with Claire Luiten, Babyshads Dance Theatre, Viewmaster Dance (NZ).
Her curiousity for travel and her passion for dance lead her to Brussels as she heard it was the apparent `hub` of contemporary dance.
From 2010 to 2016 she worked and performed with Cie. M.E.S.S/Michael Lazic (BE), Belgian group DEZ MONA, Claudia Bosse (DE), singer Joe Blossom (NZ), as well as attaining her Associate Teachers Certification in dance through IDTA `International Dance Teachers Association`
In 2016 Tessa began working with Cie.SOIT/Hans Van Den Broek as a dancer/actress for the premiere of `Celestial Commute at Les Brigittines, Brussels
After years of chronic lower back pain caused by a herniated disc, Tessa decided to begin Pilates teacher training with Master `Stott Pilates` Trainer Marina Buntovskikh because she found that Stott Pilates had the more contemporary and anatomical approach.
Throughout her own back rehabilitation she has learned a lot as a teacher and still she remains hungry to learn more about kinesiology, healing and pain-relief through movement, connective tissue rehydration, and pilates for injury-prevention and management.
Tessa teaches classes in both english and french