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.
CLI Studio Partner
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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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Drill Week Schedule for SHOWTIME 2019 **Here is the schedule for our last week of dance before the show. Please note that some classes are coming TWICE during drill week to get extra practice. Attendance at all rehearsals/classes is crucial! ** 6/3 Monday 5-5:45 Beginning Ballet/Tap 5-6 ADV/INT Acro & Adv Acro 6-7 pending adv Lyrical and adv
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Florida Dance Workshop: Showtime 2019 Instruction Sheet ***Read carefully and retain for reference******* Location: The Center for Performing Arts (CPAC) 701 Carmalita St Punta Gorda FL 33950 COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Please be sure to pick up your OFFICIAL COMMITTEE NAME BADGE at Dress Rehearsal. It must be worn to the DRESS REHEARSALS & THE PERFORMANCE BACKSTAGE. We
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Hi everyone! Wow this year is flying by! Showtime ‘19 is just around the corner! Attendance is so important now as well as at home practice for your Showtime routines and variations! Most of the Showtime costumes have been given out, please be sure to store in a safe place, and check that you have
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Happy 2019 Dancers! We hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year! BIG CONGRATULATIONS to FDW for winning 1st place Charlotte County’s Best Performing Unit again this year. Wow, this year is already flying by! Showtime ’19 our 28th anniversary is just around the corner! Attendance is so important now as well as
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We know it can be hard to remember all of the details for your young dancer. Here is a list of friendly reminders to help you prepare for shows and performances. Tights Transition/Convertible tights with a small hole at the bottom are recommended for all students, and are required for all students in Acro, Lyrical
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Thursday January 3 Solo/Duo Practice (optional but encouraged) with Andréa Studio A 4:00-6:00PM $5 per dance (cash) Monday January 7 Competition Showcase DRESS REHEARSAL (mandatory for all Ovations) Studios A(stage) & B(dressing room) 4:00-7:00PM Full Makeup (with eyelashes), Hair in 2 braids into low buns or tucked under (dutch or French braids are fine), stage
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Hi Workshop families! The Christmas Parade is already here, Saturday Dec 8th starting at Charlotte High in Punta Gorda! Be sure to drop off your child at the High School with us, then park at The Event Center, there will be a bus running back and forth for transportation. Dance Company and Ovations dancers arrive
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Hi Dancers! It’s mid November already! This year is flying by just like the others! We will be starting your routines for Showtime 19’ shortly! Keep practicing, you all look fantastic! Remember, SHOWTIME IS FRIDAY & SATURDAY JUNE 7 & 8, 2019!! If anyone happens to go to Orlando over the
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ITS FINALLY HERE! THE MOMENT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! OUR NEW DANCE HOME WILL OFFICIALLY HOLD IT’S GRAND OPENING SEPTEMBER 30 at 24901 Sandhill Blvd Units 1,2,3 Punta Gorda, Florida 33983!!!! You are all invited to our open house, Sunday September 30th 12-2pm! We will have games, door prizes, and fun FREE 20 minute mini
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