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!

Holly Legare

Owner, Teacher, Choreographer, FDW Alumni
Holly is an award winning performer who grew up in FDW, and continued to dance at FAU and in Houston, TX. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and is certified by to teach all styles by Dance Masters of America.

Michelle Mandile

Artistic Director, Former Owner, Teacher, Choreographer
Michelle is an award winning performer, teacher, choreographer who has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has trained 1000s of students and is certified by test to teach by Dance Masters of America.

Andréa Popielarz

Teacher, Choreographer, FDW Alumni
Andrea is an award winning performer/choreographer who grew up in FDW. She has been a teacher with FDW for over 10 years, and has trained 100s of students. She is certified by to teach from the prestigious Dance Masters of America.

Alicia Baughman

Teacher, Choreographer, FDW Alumni
Alicia is an award winning performer who grew up in FDW and performed with the Rukus Hip Hop group in Orlando. She earned her Bachelor’s Master’s degrees at UCF & has been teaching at FDW for 5 years.

Testimonials

2017 Latest News

CONGRATULATIONS dancers on being named the “Best Performing Unit” again by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce!

Mark your calendars!! will be JUNE 3rd and 4th. Tickets will be on sale soon!

GOOD LUCK dancers on your upcoming Competition Season!! We are so proud of you!

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