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.
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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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 ’18’ our 27th anniversary is just around the corner! Attendance is so important now as well as at home practice
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Hi Workshop families! The Christmas Parade is already here, Saturday Dec 9 at Charlotte High in Punta Gorda! Drop off times are: Ovations and Company members 10:30AM, kids 7 & up please arrive at 11:15AM, 3-6 yrs please arrive by 11:45AM.. Be sure to drop off your child at the High School with us, then
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Hello FDW families! It’s November already! This year is flying by just like the others! We will be starting your routines for Showtime 2018 shortly! Keep practicing, you all look fantastic! Remember, SHOWTIME IS JUNE 2nd & 3rd! THE FIRST SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN JUNE AS ALWAYS! If anyone happens to go to Orlando over
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We hope you’re recovering from Hurricane Irma’s visit! We are feeling blessed to have come out unscathed, (unlike Hurricane Charley) and hope and pray that all our dance families are getting back to some sense of a normal life! Every dancer is welcome to make up a class by coming to an extra class either 1 level
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Attention Dance Family: We will be closed on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th in preparation for the upcoming storm. As of now, we plan to have class as scheduled on Monday, September 11th. Please remember we follow the Charlotte County Public School calendar and will cancel dance only when school has also been
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Hey Ladies….Looking for a fun way to get in shape? Beginning October 1st on Mondays from 6:45- 7:45 we will be offering an adult only class just for you. Create an account and register here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/floridadanceworkshop
We are beyond excited to announce that Clint Maddox Thompson is home at FDW this month between his last show of Peter Pan, and his upcoming National Tour of Wizard of Oz! Clint will be teaching a variety of classes in September!! We are thrilled to have him bring his College as well as Professional
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FDW is celebrating 27 years in Charlotte County this season!!! Welcome back! Welcome new FDW members! We are looking forward to another great season of dance. We have exciting plans for Showtime 2018, although Showtime 2017 will be hard to beat! Please remember to work hard, don’t compare yourselves to others, and strive to be
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