Tessa Karle 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.
Tessa joined the RNZB officially in 2022 after performing as a guest dancer with the company throughout 2021 for Giselle, The Firebird with Paquita and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as on secondment from the New Zealand School of Dance for The Sleeping Beauty at the end of 2020. She particularly enjoyed dancing the role of Cobweb in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tessa 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 programmes.
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 full scholarship.
Tessa is supported by the Todd Corporation.
A Midsummer Night's Dream