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Elise Thea is an aerial originator with a striking stage presence who blends circus, dance, and theater into compelling acts.



Girls on Trapeze   |   Herself Rising   |   solo halo, ensemble fabric, duo trapeze, dance choreographer

Aerial Horizon   |   Echo     solo halo, duo halo, ensemble fabric, collaborator

                          |   Cirque de los Muertos   |   solo halo, ensemble fabric, dancer, collaborator 

Attic Repertory Theater     14   |   solo halo, character, ensemble fabric, dancer

Sweet Spot Aerial Productions   |   Smoke and Mirrors   |   solo halo, aerial chains
                                                             |   ’Tis the Circus   |   solo halo


Luminaria   |   San Antonio, TX   |   Director, site specific aerial duo on Hays St Bridge

Capital of Texas Aerial Championship   |   Austin, TX   |   Professional Lyra 1st Place


Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival   |   Denver, CO   |   solo halo

Viva Festival   |   Las Vegas, NV   |   solo halo

Burlesque Hall of Fame   |   Las Vegas, NV   |   Most Comedic 2011   |   group acrobatics

                                                               |   Showcase 2016   |   solo halo

San Antonio Burlesque Festival   |   San Antonio, TX   |   Best Variety 2013   |   solo halo

Texas Burlesque Festival   |   Austin, TX   |   Best Novelty 2017   |   solo halo

Show Me Burlesque Festival   |   St Louis, MO   |   solo halo, duo trapeze

New Orleans Burlesque Festival   |   New Orleans, LA   |   duo trapeze


Alamodome   |   San Antonio, TX   |   solo halo

​Aztec Theater   |   San Antonio, TX   |   solo halo, duo trapeze

The Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage   |   Washington, DC   |   solo fabric

​National Cathedral   |   Washington, DC   |   duo halo, solo trapeze

Moakley Courthouse   |   Boston, MA   |   sway pole

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts   |   San Antonio, TX   |   ensemble fabric

Arena Stage, Community Day   |   Washington, DC   |   solo trapeze, solo fabric

Gaylord National Convention Center   |   National Harbor, MD   |   living statue

National Portrait Gallery   |   Washington, DC   |   living statue

McNay Art Museum   |   San Antonio, TX   |   solo halo

Training & Residencies

TOHU   |   Fall Residency Oct 2018   |   Coach: Rachel Walker   |   halo

TOHU   |   Spring Residency April 2019   |   Coach: Rachel Walker   |   halo

NECCA   |    Artistic Residency Oct - Dec 2012   |   Coach: Elsie Smith, halo

NECCA   |   Professional Training Program 2011 -2012   |   Coach: Elsie Smith, halo

                                                                                       |   Coach: Aimée Hancock, trapeze

                                                                                       |   Coach: Sellam Ouahabi, acrobatics, flexibility

Oberlin College   |   Dance   |   Teachers: Holly Handman-Lopez, Elesa Rosasco


Special Skills

Dance styles: Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, Contemporary, Jazz, Burlesque, Bharata Natyam, African forms

Basic Partner Acrobatics

Basic Acrobatics

Horseback riding



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Photo by Destiny Mata
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