Tresa attended The St. Louis Visual and Performing Arts Academy on a dance scholarship, where she studied classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance. She worked exclusively with young children at the Lagervale Dance Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Her training includes work with The Edge in LA, Step I in Sacramento, and with San Francisco Dance Center. Aerial studies include classes with Ingrid Hoffman, Hollywood Aerial Arts, Aloft Chicago, The San Francisco Circus School, Cirque School LA and Trapeze Arts in Oakland. Tresa is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance Dance Company. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy.
Tresa continues to choreograph and perform throughout the United States for Corporate, Private and Commercial events. AirAligned is part of Jean Anne Ryan Productions, which books the finest entertainment for cruise lines. Locally, Tresa has taught for Sierra Dance Institute, was the team Dance Coach for Gold Country Gymnastics and heads up AirAligned’s Academy, teaching aerial arts to Nevada, Placer and Sacramento Counties. Tresa has taught 2 aerial dance retreats at Kalani Ocean Side Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. — the second retreat just 3 months after her accident.
Tresa was injured during an aerial rehearsal. She has a T9 SCI injury from a 15’ fall and is currently paralyzed from the waist down. She is still actively teaching and choreographing. As director of AirAligned, she has collaborated with Revolutions Dance Company out of Tampa Florida, AXIS Dance out of Oakland and Wai Dance Company from Hawaii.
She is also one of a handful of artists selected to live at Warehouse Artist Lofts in Sacramento and recently spoke at TEDx finishing her talk performing on aerial net high above The Community Center Theater. Tresa received a standing ovation that day and is now receiving many requests to present aerial work and classes across the nation.