About Us

What We Believe In


The studio carries a long tradition of excellence with graduates continuing their dance careers as professional dancers in companies across the United States. Many have also gone on to become instructors and choreographers with universities and dance companies.

Rose Thayer Academy of Dance was established in 1982 by Rose Thayer and is located on 16th Street in Orange and on Highway 105 in Orangefield. Christi Thayer Kovatch became owner and director in the Spring of 2014, carrying on the tradition that her mother began 34 years ago.

The Academy makes contributions to the Orange community performing in various civic functions, benefits, and parades throughout the year. 

We Believe That: 

-Dance is for everyone

-Providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere is paramount

-Teaching dance isn't our only goal. We want to be strong role models and help instill good values in our students.

-Fostering positive interactions with others will help our students as they grow

-Building lifelong friendships is just as important as learning how to dance. 

-Diversity is something to be celebrated

-Building confidence and positive self-esteem is necessary for our students to be able mature into strong adults

Teachers with Experience


Christi Thayer Kovatch 


Christi began dancing at age 18 months under the instruction of her mother and Studio founder Rose Thayer. Over the years Christi's love for dance grew. She was a member of Texas Dance Expressions during its inaugural year. She also participated in drill team in high school representing WO-S as a member and officer of the Fillies. Christi has instructed students and choreographed dances for more than 20 years. She holds certifications with DEA (Dance Educators of America) in Level I and Level II (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Modern, and Pointe). She also holds a certification in Pre-Ballet. 

Christi's choreography has won numerous awards on both Regional and National levels. She has also worked with many area Drill Teams in both technique and choreography. Christi has also been an instrumental part in the choreography and production of the Service League of Orange's Follies for the past several productions. Christi and the Studio have also been part of the National Dance Day in Orange, TX since its inception. 

Christi has trained with many renowned instructors including Nan Giordano, Charles Kelley, Raymond Lukens (American Ballet Theatre), Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), Steve Sirico, Joe Tremaine, and Rhee Gold. Christi continued the tradition her mother began by acquiring the dance studio in 2014. Her focus has been to create a studio that continues to offer curriculum with a focus on technique, cutting edge choreography, and an atmosphere that fosters growth and a sense of family. 

Rose Thayer


Maygan Crosslin 


Stephanie Davila 

Orangefield Receptionist 

Stephanie joined our staff as one of our receptionists in Orangefield, however, she is far from a new face. Stephanie has been a part of our family for over 18 years. Her children have taken part in dance classes and our competition team over the years. Her daughter, Maygan, is one of our staff instructors. 


Harriette Risinger 

Office Manager/Orange Receptionist​ 

Rashona Rush 


Brooke Tant 


Brooke is a 2016 graduate of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. She has taken ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe for 7 years. She was Captain and a 4 year member of the Honey Bear Drill Team. She will attend Lamar Orange and Beaumont and major in Art Education. She plans to become an art teacher and drill team director. 

Jordan Prewitt 


Competitive Dance

What is Texas Dance Expressions?

First and foremost, TDE is a FAMILY. Our goal is for our members to build strong bonds and support each other as they grow in both dance and life.

TDE’s roots date back to 1990 when Rose Thayer Academy of Dance began its competitive dance program. It has been known by a few different names over the years, but the focus has always been the same.

Our team is competitive in nature. Our members have brought home hundreds of awards since its inception. We attend several competitions each year, both on the regional and national level. Our members must have taken Ballet, Tap, and Jazz prior to auditioning.

All members participate in Ballet, Tap,  Jazz, and Hip Hop routines. The reason for this is simple.

Our goal is to ensure all of our dancers receive a well-rounded dance education. We want our members to be able to easily adapt to various dance styles when trying out for drill team or cheerleading in high school, or when they pursue membership in a dance company in college or when they pursue a professional dance career.  This focus can give our members an edge over the competition and allow the versatility of their training to shine.

In order to aid in this dance education, our members receive instruction from both our experienced studio staff and guest instructors. By exposing our members to a variety of instruction styles, it allows them to hone their ability to adapt and flourish in instructional settings. Our guest instructors came from a wide variety of backgrounds and are well-known and respected throughout the dance community.

As we enter our 28th year of competitive dance, our members have begun training with the goal of performing together as a team, attaining personal growth goals, and to continue the legacy of excellence in dance.