Tessa Karle grew up in Canberra, Australia, and trained at the Dance Development Centre under Jackie Hallahan and Paul Knobloch, whilst also training with The Australian Ballet School through their interstate and invitee training programs. In January 2018, Tessa moved to Wellington to join the New Zealand School of Dance as a Classical Major. Some highlights from her time at the school include dancing Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux and the adage soloist in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco in the School’s graduation seasons, as well as the opportunity to train for four weeks at Canada’s National Ballet School on scholarship. She performed as a guest dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for The Sleeping Beauty at the end of 2020, while still a student, and continued to perform with the company through 2021.
Tessa is the 2022 Todd Scholar, a scholarship funded by Todd Corporation which supports a New Zealand School of Dance graduate in their first year of professional dance at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.