Forte Dance

West Coast Swing, Ballroom, & Social Dancing

Forte Dance Owner

Tessa Antolini

Tessa is an All-Star West Coast Swing competitor and experienced instructor offering partnered dance instruction to the people of the metro Boston area. From beginners to advanced, social dancers to competitors, she is excited to share her passion for dance and technical expertise to you!

Tessa is the 2017 Open Swing Dance Championship 6th-Place All-Star Finalist. She is an active competitor and judge on the World Swing Dance Council and the National Association of Swing Dance competitive circuits. Any given weekend you will find her in another US or European city, competing, training, and educating other dancers in this incredibly dynamic dance. She most recently placed 5th in the Classic Routine Division at Swing Dance America. 

When not on the road, she engages in teaching the principles of partnered dance and performance in swing and all four competitive ballroom dance styles. She specializes in American Smooth and Rhythm.

"Partnered Dancing: No other art form combines so many of my passions: music, acting, movement, physics, story telling, performance and human interaction"  --Tessa Antolini



2018 Swing Dance America 5th Place Classic Routine Finalist 

2018 Swing Dance America All Star 6th Place Finalist

2018 City of Angels All Star 3rd Place Finalist  

2018 MADJam Strictly All Star Finalist

2018 Rose City Swing All Star 7th Place Finalist      

2017 Open Swing Dance Championships All Star 6th Place Finalist 

2017 Swingin' New England All Star 2nd Place Finalist      

2017 Halloween Swing Thing All Star Finalist             

2017 Meet Me In St. Louis All Star 5th Place Finalist     

2017 Summer Hummer All Star Finalist                                              

2017 Jack &Jill O'Rama All Star Finalist                                                           




Lake Geneva, Wisconsin  

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Los Angeles, CA

Baltimore, MD

Portland, OR 

Los Angeles, CA

Boston, MA

Los Angeles, CA

St. Louis, MO

Boston, MA

Los Angeles, CA



2015 Yuletide Ball Open Smooth Finalist

2014 Commonwealth Classic Rising Star Finalist

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  • BFA in Acting from Boston University: School of Theater
  • Graduate of London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts
  • Georges Valley High School Valedictorian
  • 12 years Ballet training
  • 20 years classic music training (violin, voice, & trombone)



Robert Royston

Benji Schwimmer

Deborah Székely

Maxence Martin

PJ Turner



Eddie Simon

Larinda McRaven

Mayo Alanen

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