I was a member of FDW from 2nd grade in 1993 to high school graduation in 2004. I remember how much I looked forward to going to dance after school. I took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. I was the most excited to have the opportunity to dance with the Company and eventually Ovations. Looking back at my time in the studio, I built everlasting friendships, leaned discipline and grace from an amazing teacher, and competed across the state. To this day, I wish I was still taking dance a couple nights a week to stretch. I also miss things like the Rudolph game, the big reveal of costumes for the year, and of course, Showtime! All my love to FDW!
Andrea Foley (Student 1993-2004)
Florida Dance Workshop taught me teamwork, self-confidence, resilience, and diligence. Thank you, Michelle and Susan, for fostering not only the technical skills that create excellent dancers, but also the strength of character that creates great leaders.
Andrea Costa Laden (Student 1993-2004)
April of 2013, my 3 daughters and I made the switch to FDW. We were so happy we found not only a studio that teaches quality dance curriculum but also a studio that cares about their students, teaches them life lessons, treats them like family and believe and encourage all of them! Michele welcomed not only my 3 daughters but my 2 nieces with open arms and went out of her way to order them showtime costumes late in the season and allowed them all to join showtime, and all 5 girls learned multiple dances each in only a short amount of time! As I stood in dressing room before our first showtime started and we all stood together as a dance family holding hands and praying, and as I stood in the wings for the last group finale dance watching the balloons fall, my girls were smiling and were so happy….my heart was full and I knew this was the kind of environment I wanted my girls to be a part of. The 5 girls were on ovations from the beginning and enjoy being part of their team, attending competitions, Christmas parade, and other team performances around the community!
We are so thankful to Michelle and all the teachers for giving my girls this opportunity to make great memories, learn life lessons and be able to take this dance experience and apply it to all walks of life, being happy, focused, determined and ready to peruse!
Thank you Michelle and the FDW family!
Christine Mangiafico (2013-present)