Dance Class for ages 3+
Dance Styles: Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical/Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics & Hip Hop
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fun, family-friendly, nurturing environment, where the experience is positive and the quality shows!
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!
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 and has completed Teachers Training School Level 1 in Buffalo New York. 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 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.
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.
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 and has passed Module 1 of Acrobatic Arts Teacher Training. She has been a teacher with FDW for over 10 years and the proud mother of 4 beautiful children.
We are excited to add Margaeux Valle to our teaching staff! Margaeux has been teaching Hip hop all over South Florida. Her passion for dance started at the age of 3, when she started taking classes in Boston. Margaeux has studied with world renowned choreographers all over Boston, Florida and LA. She can be seen as a featured dancer in commercials for Fiat, Tru TV, Panasonic, & American Apparel. Ms. Valle performed in music videos for Pitbul, Adrienne Bailon, & South Beach Tow in Miami. While living in LA for a year, she accomplished working with artists such as Wiz Kalifah, Kalin and Myles, Lil Debbie, Simon Rex & , and a film called “We Are Your Friends” starring Zack Efron. After attending Florida Atlantic University for Marketing, she relocated to the southwest coast of Florida and is excited to share her passion for dance with FDW students and working on projects in the area.
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Welcome to that start of our 30th Season!! Please remember to work hard, don’t compare yourselves to others, and strive to be your own personal best! Most of our classes are nearly full, but we do have scattered openings in some classes. Don’t forget about our “Refer A Friend” program, for every “New” student you bring
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Hello FDW Families, It has come to our attention that an asymptomatic family member of the studio has received a positive COVID19 test. This person has not been to the studio, however in an abundance of caution we have decided to move to ZOOM ONLY classes affective today, WED June 24- TUE June 30th for
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UPDATE as of 11:15AM Hello Dancers, A dance news was sent earlier this morning stating we were recommending the wearing of masks. We just received an email at 11:15AM from the Charlotte of commerce (attached) saying that the use of masks indoors all Floridians is advised. (see attached). To help our dancers cope with the
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Hi FDW Dance Family, We so appreciate your support during this time and wanted to give you a quick update. ANNOUNCEMENTS for this Week: Everyone is required to agree to the NEW waiver online in the parent portal before participating at dance. You can do this by logging into your portal, clicking “waivers” and selecting
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Hello Dance Families! We hope you and your family are healthy and finding a way to stay active! We know this has been a challenging time for everyone, and would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and patience! We are looking forward to getting back into our regular routine and are excited
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Hello dancers and families!! We can’t tell you how much we miss you all and like everyone, we look so forward to get back to our normal lives! We understand everybody has had so many adjustments to make during this time, and dance is no different! We LOVE seeing the majority of you on ZOOM
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Hello FDW Families!! UPDATED NEWS! Now that April is approaching, we have made some CHANGES to our schedule to better serve our dancers, teachers, and studio. Our normal season schedule and regular TUITION will be “on hold” until we are back to normal. Please know that we plan to do make up classes for the week and
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FDW will be offering online dance options including fun livestream classes with some of your favorite teachers. View the class schedule below. The classes will be offered through the Zoom app and Youtube. All links to classes: Adv HH 5pm Mondayhttps://us04web.zoom.us/j/900416543… Tech 6pm Mondayhttps://us04web.zoom.us/j/205386532… Adv int HH 5:30pm Tuesdayhttps://zoom.us/j/906700480… Heels 6:30pm Tuesdayhttps://zoom.us/j/750224960… Adv Int Lyrical
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Hello FDW Family! As you know, we are in uncharted territory with COVID19 and things are changing daily. The teachers met last night to discuss how to proceed after our official Spring Break ends next week. We THANK YOU for your patience and support as we all work together to get through this very unusual
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Hi Dance Families! This year is unfolding fast and we have some important dates to remember coming up! Spring break is March 15th through the 23rd and early registration for our Summer and Fall classes will begin March 30th. We will also have our Showtime Committee sign up, Showtime Ticket sales, and Ad sales starting
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