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A rock musical with the greatest hits of the '80s.

Rock of Ages’ Tessa Alves on How Dance Competitions Paved the Way for Broadway

Rock of Ages’ Tessa Alves on How Dance Competitions Paved the Way for Broadway
Tessa Alves photographed exclusively for by Matthew Murphy

In the latest installment of Gotta Dance!, showcases Tessa Alves, who plays an ‘80s pole dancer with attitude in the hit jukebox musical Rock of Ages. The Brampton, Ontario native started ballet lessons at age five and looked up to her dancer brother Clyde for inspiration. Now, both Alves siblings are appearing on Broadway! Click below to see Alves’ sultry photo shoot with photographer Matthew Murphy, then see her unleash her inner rock goddess at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Watch the video to find out why Tessa Alves almost didn’t audition for Rock of Ages!


About the Photographer
Matthew Murphy is a New York City-based photographer specializing in theater and dance. His work appears regularly in the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times and additional credits include Bravo TV, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, The Financial Times and The New York Post. He is a former member of American Ballet Theatre. For more information visit

Additional Credits: Hair & makeup by Ariel Vega; Styling by David Withrow; Production Assistants: Kevin Thomas Garcia and Sara Meissner; Photo Post Production: Matthew Murphy

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