Thea Francesconi

Owner & Dance Instructor

Thea began her journey with dance at the age of 2. She trained with many studios in the surrounding areas in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, and acrobats.  Thea began teaching dance at the age of 16 with the desire to bring out each client’s full potential. She was a dance major at the University of Louisiana until 2012. Since then, she has traveled as far as Europe to further her expertise and choreograph in dance. In 2012 Thea competed on  “So You Think You Can Dance” making it to the 4th round of choreography and top 100 of her audition.  With this experience, she was chosen to be featured on many of their commercials as well as the cover of their website. Later that year, she was selected to choreograph and perform for NFL players Roman Harper and Kyres Hebert’s football, cheer, and dance camp where she had the opportunity to work alongside many professional athletes and dancers. Thea is now a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM. She uses these certifications to help better her knowledge of the human movement system and how it may affect dancers. Thea’s passion for dancing, teaching, and choreographing have been the focal point of her life. She is fun, energetic, and dedicated to teaching children and adults.

BRITTANY RENARD

General Class Instructor

Brittany Renard teaches ballet classes at Thea’s Dance Academy and St. Martin Academy of Fine Arts.  She graduated from St. Martin Academy in 2008 with twelve years of dance. After which, she continued teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop while studying English at UL Lafayette.  Brittany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 and then moved to Southern California where she continued to study English at the University of California, Riverside. Earning a Master of Arts degree in 2013 and completing her Ph.D. coursework in 2015.  Now that she’s returned to Louisiana, Brittany works at South Louisiana Community College as the Assistant Director for Student Engagement.  While she’s a very busy woman, she’s happy to once again fill her spare time with the art of dance.

Keefer Young

Boys Hip-Hop Instructor

Keefer Young teaches the boys beginner-intermediate hip hop class. He found his passion for dance at a young age competing in talent shows and event showcases. Keefer attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he studied Psychology with a minor in business. As he resumes his financial coaching business, he is honored to continue his passion for performance and teaching along with the amazing instructors of Thea’s Dance Academy.

Kellie Boudreaux

Recreational And The Company Instructor

Kellie Boudreaux started dancing at the age of 3 at Scott Academy of Dance. She is a graduate of Acadiana High School and she was a member of their dance team serving as captain her senior year. She is also currently going on her third year being Head Coach of the AHS Dance Team. Kellie is a graduate of the University of Louisiana where she was majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness. She was a four-year member of the nationally ranked Ragin’ Jazz Dance Team serving as secretary and co-captain. Kellie recently furthered her experience in dance by performing in the Oh Kelly bands most recent music video. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and is excited to bring her passion for dance to TDA.

Kimber Chataigner

General Class Instructor

Kimber Chataigner found her passion in dance and tumbling at the age of 4 at St. Martin Academy of Fine Arts. She has danced with SMAFA for fourteen years. She attended St. Martinville Senior High where she was cheer captain and choreographer during both her junior and senior year. She continued dancing throughout college by taking modern, jazz, and hip hop classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As well as performing as an alumnus with St. Martin Academy of Fine Arts and participating in all of  TDA’s adult classes.  Kimber is a graduate of ULL with a Biology Major. She enjoys filling her passion with teaching and performing at Thea’s Dance Academy and loves working with the students.

Lindsay Comeaux

Pre-Primary Class Instructor

Lindsay Comeaux is a 2018 graduate of Catholic Highschool in New Iberia and a dance graduate from The Dance Factory. During her 15 years as a Dance student, she has performed in numerous competitions and has been awarded regional and national scholarships and has been selected as a scholarship finalist at multiple conventions. She has been teaching dance for 5 years and is excited to pour her passion for dance into our students at TDA

Ciciley Alexander

Marketing Director

Ciciley Alexander is a Marketing Major at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She is eager to utilize her background of training in dance to promote the Marketing and Communication Programs at Thea’s Dance Academy.