Bria Zan Thompson

Owner and Dance Teacher

Bria’s love of dance began in her hometown of Haiku, Maui where she studied and performed Hula starting at the age of 5. She later studied Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Modern and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at the University of Colorado. 

After discovering her passion for teaching, Bria started her own traveling dance company in Coeur d'Alene in 2014. She has taught dance classes for Hutton Settlement Children's Home, local Preschool and Elementary schools, and has offered classes through the CDA Recreation Department over the years. She recently completed an Acro Certification Course though Acrobatic Arts and is excited to be offering Acro!

It has been Bria's dream to share the joy of dance to children and she is thrilled to have opened Lokahi Dance Studio in downtown Coeur d'Alene! 

Carrie Kinsey

Acro Coach

Carrie is a professional competitive gymnastic coach and for the last 12 years she has coached Acro for dance studios and high schools along with tumbling to cheerleaders. Carrie is U.S.A.G. Coach, Safety, Safe Sport and Evaluator Certified. She is also a certified pre-primary Montessori teacher.
Carrie's commitment is to support  each student on their journey to master self-confidence, strength, integrity and the commitment to follow their dreams, in a safe and nurturing environment.  She is thankful for the opportunity to work with children, and watch them discover their own greatness.

Traci Paffile

Dance Teacher

Traci’s first passion at four years old, was Dance. She studied at the Coeur d'Alene School of Ballet throughout High School. Afterward, she moved to New York to study dance, voice, theatre and film at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. 

After graduation, she moved to LA, where she trained in dance and acting. Longing for home and wanting to start a family, she moved back to Idaho where she  began teaching classes in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance.

She enjoys her 3 children greatly! She also enjoys sharing her love of dance with others. She believes there is much more to the lessons of dance than just learning steps!

Evalie Smith

Dance Teacher

Evalie discovered her love of dance at 2 ½. For over 13 years, she studied ballet, Irish, jazz, and tap
at Momentum Dance Ensemble, Comerford School of Irish Dance, and Evergreen City Ballet.
Evalie has taught beginning and intermediate ballet and Irish classes for several years at homeschool
cooperatives in the Puget Sound region. She recently moved to Coeur d’Alene and is pursuing a BS
in elementary education. She is passionate about choreographing dances and teaching classes. She is
blessed to share the joy of dance with children.