Home is where the heart is…

Accomplished one of my huge life goals today. I hope this story inspires.


For those of you who don’t know me personally, I was raised in a single parent household on welfare. My mother had me when she was 20 years old. She worked extremely hard at allowing me to pursue my passion for dance. At times when my goals seemed grandeur she amused me and kept supporting me. I could never afford to attend dance conventions to train but I made the most out of the training I received in San Diego by being very disciplined and soaking it all in. In heinsight the training I received was stellar and that was all thanks to the work my mother put in by seeking out the best. To all of my dance teachers and mentors I bow to you.


I decided at a young age that I would show my mom gratitude by buying her a house one day. In 2012 I purchased a 4 bedroom house in San Diego for my family (mom, little brother, aunt). I then made another goal to pay it off as fast as I could. Here we are Aug 2016 and it’s paid off!!!! I did it! I’m proud of myself and I’m so grateful to my mother and her sacrifices. Just last year I won an Emmy award for my choreography but that feeling doesn’t compare to how I feel knowing that I gave my mother a place to call home.


I want to tell all of you who may get discouraged and feel like you’re climbing an uphill battle, you can do it and anything is possible!

13 thoughts on “Home is where the heart is…

  1. Thank you for sharing! You have, and continue to be an inspiring leader in our dance community:). I’ll never forget my first class I took at APA with you and taking class at Culture shock SD with some Unity members. ????????

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  4. It’s October 26, 2022, and you have NO idea how much this resonates with me, Ms. Tessandra!

    Sometimes, things seem so far away, particularly when making the brave decision to follow dreams and purpose. I look at so much of your work more than you ever know, because it is always so natural, authentic, and in sync. Your work on Justin Bieber’s “Habitual” and your “Pretty Wings” by Maxwell choreography always gives me inspiration to keep pushing forward, no matter what. It is my dream to meet you one day and have you as a mentor…actually, you are already my mentor. Thank you and your mom/family for giving us such a beautiful person and inspiration.??????????

  5. The question marks on my previous post were supposed to be hearts, but, for some reason, they came out as question marks.

    Also, I forgot the most important thing I wanted to say…Never underestimate the effectiveness of your testimonies…This morning, I was somewhat teary-eyed and something deep inside said to search for Tessandra Chavez quotes, interviews, etc. I did before, but this time, I dug deeper and refused to give up until I found that “thing” God was telling me I needed to find.

    By His grace and mercy, I did. Thank you! Your testimony has renewed my strength to keep going.

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