THEA LISSI  Owner & Dance Instructor 

Thea began her journey with dance at the age of 2, where she trained with many studios in the surrounding areas in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Acrobats.  At the age of 16, she began teaching dance with the desire to bring out each dancer's full potential. Thea started her Adult journey as a Dance Major at the University of Louisiana in 2010. She then began dancing professionally and has since then traveled as far as Europe to further her expertise and choreography in dance.

In 2012 Thea competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” making it to the 4th round of choreography and the 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. At the age of 21, Thea opened her first dance-related business, "C3 training" where she taught privates in acrobats and dance. Which inspired her to open her own Dance Studio, Thea's Dance Academy which is now the fastest-growing studio in Acadiana! Thea is a Certified Dance and Acro Teacher with Acrobatic Arts and CLI Studios and is always looking for ways to grow as an instructor. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM and 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 has 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.  Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011, she then moved to Southern California where she continued to study English at the University of California, Riverside. She completed her Master of Arts degree in 2013 and 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.




CHASITY THERIOT Class Instructor 

Chasity started dancing at the age of 8 for 12 years with Sugar n Spice Dance Studio. Then after, she went on to teach for 1 year with the same studio. Chasity now works at Maestri Dentistry, in addition, teaches for TDA. She loves fitness and has a passion for dance that she can’t wait to share!



REBECCA JORDAN General Class Instructor 

Rebecca started dancing at a young age and continued exploring her love of dance for 12 years at DeLarue Dance Center in Lafayette. Upon graduating from DeLarue in 2017, she completed three-course mastery classes in Jazz, Tap, and Ballet, as well as assistant teaching. 
She is currently finishing her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is employed as an Assistant Supervisor for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders where she practices her passion for teaching differently abled children. She has a deep love for the arts and is eager to continue seeing that same love inside our dance studio!



KIMBER CHATAIGNER General Class Instructor 

At four years old, Kimber found her passion for dance and tumbling at St. Martin Academy of Fine Arts. She performed, traveled, taught, and competed with St. Martin Academy for fourteen years. Having attended St. Martinville Senior High where she was cheer captain and choreographer during both her junior and senior year. She continued dancing throughout college, 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. After participating in all of TDA’s adult dance classes and workshops, she officially became a member of the TDA family in 2017. Kimber graduated in biology in 2018 and will graduate with a Masters and applied behavior analysis in December of 2022! She currently works at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and has once again filled her passion for teaching and performing at Thea’s Dance Academy! 



Corinne Robinson  General Class Instructor

Corinne is from Addis, Louisiana, and started dancing at the age of 1. She danced at Machita Dance Company for 16 years and was on their competition team for 11 years. In 2022 her team won the Battle Of The Stars Competition at Hollywood Vibe Nationals. Throughout her high school career, she danced on her school’s dance team, the Brusly High Pantherettes. In 2021, she received a $20,000 Scholarship to the AMDA College. She is currently on Tremaine Performance Company where she tours with the faculty, assisting & performing in their shows. Corinne is also a member of the UL Ragin Jazz Dance team and she is planning to study Kinesiology! 

Corinne loves to dance and is so excited to share her passion with the TDA Dancers!



CHARLI DURAND General Class Instructor 

Charli fell in love with the art of dance at just two years old. It quickly became a big part of her life.  She trained with St. Martin Academy of Fine Arts for 12 years and Thea’s Dance Academy for 4 years. She has been a competitive dancer for 11 years and has attended many competitions where she has been awarded numerous scholarships. Charli is a member of the UL Ragin Jazz Dance Team and is planning to major in Speech Pathology. Charli has a passion for dance and cannot wait to share that love with the TDA dancers!




Brianna Burns Ballet / Tap Instructor 


Brianna found her passion for dance at a very early age at Just Dance Studio in Alexandria. She continued this love through organizations and classes in college. She has been dancing for 19 years with experience in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, and Hip Hop. She moved to Lafayette in 2018 to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In her time at UL, you could have found her touring prospective students, volunteering with organizations, and leading others. She graduated in December of 2021 and decided that Lafayette was her new forever home. 


She enjoys helping individuals reach their goals and feel empowered in their daily lifestyles. She is compassionate, intentional, and dedicated in all that she does. She is ecstatic to share her love for dance with anyone she meets


Sydney Johnson General Class Instructor 

At the age of 4, Sydney discovered her love for dance at Just Dance Studio in Alexandria, Louisiana. While continuing there for 12 years, she also danced competitively at Alexandria Senior High School as a part of their Troydoll dance line, winning multiple state and national titles. In college, she was a part of Infinity Dance Group and served as treasurer for 3 years. She has danced for 19 years altogether and has found a passion for contemporary, hip hop, and jazz. As she finishes her General Studies degree at UL, Sydney is excited to continue her dance career at TDA!



Kailey Newell Class Instructor 

Kailey started dancing when she was 2 in Lake Charles for Glenda Moss Dance Academy. She trained under her for 16 years before becoming a student teacher at 18. Kailey was the lead teacher for her mom's studio from 2015 - 2017 before having to step down due to complications with her pregnancy. In 2018, she became the assistant director for Studio 337. She has attended Dance Masters of America conventions along with competitions. She has also attended Bravo, NYCDA, 8 National, and a few others. Kailey is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobats, lyrical/contemporary, and hip hop. 



Heather Isham Office Manager 

Heather will be working full-time as our Office Manager and assisting in implementing many new systems and processes, and client communication. Heather has been a member of our dance family for 6 years now, having 2 daughters that dance/compete with us, she quickly became one of the “go-to” moms for our newer dance families needing assistance. We are excited to now have her as an official member of the TDA Team.

Heather was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Lafayette where she graduated from ULL with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Management. She brings over 10 years of business management, marketing, and event planning experience to our growing studio!