Florida Dance Workshop
Home of the award winning "Florida Dance Company" & "Ovations" Competition Team

Dance Class for ages 3+

Dance Styles: Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical/Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics & Hip Hop
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Quality Instruction

Our classes are laid back and fun, but we are serious about helping each child become his or her own personal best. Our staff is certified to teach in all styles of dance from Dance Masters of America. Click to learn more about our classes.

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Nurturing Environment

FDW provides a safe, fun, nurturing environment . We teach that hard work produces results and we help our dancers to achieve the genuine self-esteem that comes with mastery of technique. Click to learn more about our studio & policies.

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Proven Success

FDW is proud to have helped many dancers find success on a professional level. Broadway and Disney World, to Carnival Cruise Lines our dancers our performing all over the world. Click to read more about out student accomplishments.

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Performance Opportunities

FDW students perform year round throughout southwest Florida in charity events, competitions, and of course in our annual Showtime Production. Click learn about performance opportunities.

About FDW

A fun, family-friendly, nurturing environment, where the experience is positive and the quality shows!
New students are always welcome for either recreational or career training.

Susan (Labousier) Kickbush & Michelle (Labousier) Mandile are the mother/daughter team who founded the Florida Dance Workshop in 1991. FDW quickly became the forerunner in dance education and has repeatedly been named Charlotte County’s Best Performing Unit and voted Best Dance Studio by the Charlotte Sun.

Florida Dance Workshop is a place where the efforts, abilities, and varied talents of all students are respected by their teacher, and all fellow dancers. It is our goal to make classes and rehearsals fun, but we are serious about helping each child become his or her own personal best. We teach that hard work produces results and we help our dancers to achieve the genuine self-esteem that comes with mastery of technique. These important lessons also apply to life’s future challenges. We believe in seeking, not perfection, but excellence from all students, with the understanding that it be appropriate to their age level, ability, and interest. Florida Dance Workshop will never aspire to be the biggest school, but we will always strive to be the best!

Our Staff

Holly Legare

Owner, Instructor, Choreographer, FDW Alumna.

Holly is an award winning performer who received her dance training at Florida Dance Workshop under the direction of Michelle Labousier Mandile, since the age of 4. In 2016 she became the owner of FDW after moving back to Florida from Houston, Texas. While away from FDW, she continued her performance education at Florida Atlantic University, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, and the Cirque La Vie Company in Houston Texas. Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and holds certificates from the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Holly is board certified by test to teach Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics and Tap from the prestigious International Dance Masters of America. Holly is excited to be back to her roots, and looks forward to continuing the legacy and traditions passed down from the very first FDW in 1978.

Michelle Mandile

Artistic Director, Former Owner, Instructor, Choreographer.

Michelle is an award winning choreographer/ teacher who has over 25 years of teaching experience. Michelle literally grew up in her mother’s dance studio, Franklin Dance Workshop, In the Boston area. She has trained 1000s of dancers, many of which have embarked on professional careers in dance, such as dancers on Broadway, Disney, Cruise Ships, Professional Sports Teams, Movies, and Television. Her students have won numerous Competition Titles, and top awards, both regionally and nationally. They have also won many college/university dance scholarships. Her Choreography has been recognized by the National Foundation for the Arts, and she was the official choreographer for the Miss Teen USA Florida pageant 2 years in a row. Michelle not only trained the studios new owner, but the rest of the staff as well. She is certified by test to teach in all styles of dance by the prestigious Dance Masters of America. Michelle has received training in prevention of injury to the dancer and attended dance teachers training school through the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston. She continues the legacy of over 50 years of dance passed on through her mother, and Florida Dance Workshop’s founder, professional dancer, Susan Labousier Kickbush.

Andréa Popielarz

Instructor, Choreographer, FDW Alumna.

Andrea is an award winning performer/choreographer who grew up in FDW training under Michelle Labousier Mandile. She earned numerous top scores as a performer, including 1st overall highest score of the day soloist, held lead roles in productions, including performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and has led FDW students in the same direction. Her choreography has been recognized and awarded top judges awards throughout Florida. Andréa was the recipient of a full dance Scholarship to Franklin Pearce University, and is a board certified member of Dance Master’s of America. She has been a teacher with FDW for over 10 years and the proud mother of 4 beautiful children.

Alicia Baughman

Instructor, Choreographer, FDW Alumna.

Alicia also grew up in FDW training under Michelle Labousier Mandile. During her formative years of training, she won top scores, scholarship awards and titles. Alicia was named “Best in Show” out of all other entries at the I Love Dance International Competition. She competed throughout the country including NYC. Alicia continued her dance education at the University of Central Florida while pursing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. While in college, Alicia auditioned and was accepted to be part of the traveling hip hop crew “Rukus” performing throughout the state. She has been teaching and choreographing for the Florida Dance Workshop for over 5 years. And holds a Masters degree in Criminal Justice.

Testimonials

2017 Latest News

WOW WOW WOW!  What an amazing weekend at Fusion Dance Competition!! Our 6 FDW girls who attended couldn't have represented better!!  2 Platinum Plus' 6 Platinums 2 High Golds!

Congratulations Hailey Crawford for bring crowned TEEN MISS FUSION 2017!! 1st Overall!! Teen Solo - Hailey Crawford "Lux" (more then 50 Elite solos) . Awarded "Heart And Soul Ambassador" award for dancing with outstanding emotion , the competition dedicates this award to those battling cancer. Fusion Star Award

1st Overall!! Teen Solo - Brianna Donaldson! "Castle"  (more then 40 solos!) Tokyo Academy Dance Scholarship to study with world renowned choreographers including Tokyo himself! Fusion Star Award

1st Overall!! Senior Solo - Princess Sutherland "Burn it Up" (40 Rec Solos!)

4th Overall!! Junior Solos Piper Hotson! "Let Her Go" (more then 40 solos!) Fusion Star Award

7th Overall!! Junior Solo Hanna Iverson! "Willow" (also more then 40 solos) Fusion Star Award!

Lastly, Congratulations Hannah Guzik on your Platinum adjudication (we do not know her placement due to a scheduling conflict of her competition time).

THANK YOU dancers for representing FDW so well! You make us all so proud!!



Congratulations to all our dancers who participated in SHAKE THE GROUND early this this month!! We are so proud of you!!!!

Way to go Brianna Donaldson for your 2 Shake the Ground Platinum medals and your 5th place overall!!!

A BIG congrats to Piper Hotson for your 2nd overall placement for your solos and to Valentina Mangiafico and Elizabeth Sacilowski for your 4th place overall placement for your duo!

Awesome job to Rylee Rebol for your “Broadway Bound" judges award!!

Amazing performances Rylee, Adriana, Hanna, Piper, Valentina, Marissa, and Princess ON ALL your High Golds, Gold and overall awards! We love watching you girls dance and we are so proud of you!!

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