Renee took Ballet as a child and says that her daughter Tessa, 12, has always loved to dance and that her very first pair of shoes were actually Ballet slippers. Tessa’s entire family is extremely supportive of her passion for dance, but Renee says she is definitely the "mom-manager." Her aspirations for her daughter are that she moves confidently in the direction of her dreams and goals, emphasizing that she wants her to feel, “…fulfilled with her life goals, confident, happy and healthy.” When giving her advice for "Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition," Renee reminded Tessa that she should stay on her toes andexpect the unexpected. If they win the $100,000 prize, Renee says that would give some to family that have supported them along the way and invest the rest, including putting some into a dance clothing line. Renee and Tessa currently live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

About Renee

What's your favorite style of dance to watch?
My favorite style to watch is Contemporary. I love everything about it including its never-ending creativity and its cutting edge choreography.

What's your occupation?
I am an Entrepreneur/Investment Advisor to women, plus I am a fashion Designer and Fashion Stylist at heart.

What are your hobbies and interests besides dance?
I love fitness, fashion and fun!

Would you call yourself a "Dance Mom," "stage mom" or "mom-manager"?
I am a “mom-manager” 100%. I oversee Tessa’s training schedule, monitor what event to attend and always look for opportunities for her to grow, have fun and excel at dance.

About Tessa

What's your favorite style of dance to perform?
My favorite style of dance to perform is Contemporary because I find it most enjoyable to execute.

What's your favorite style of dance to watch?
My favorite style to watch is also Contemporary because I find it interesting and moving.

Do you hope to be a professional dancer one day?
Yes!

If you don’t end up being a professional dancer, what other job would you like to have?
If I am not a professional dancer then I would like to be a fashion designer.

What's your favorite subject in school?
Math.

What's your favorite color?
My favorite color is pink.

What do you think you are learning about the most from this experience?
I am learning to never give up.

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