Please at least enter your name, e-mail, and phone number!
Awesome, thanks for getting in touch! We'll reply ASAP!

Mandeville School of Music & Dance

Dance Classes in Mandeville, LA 70471 for Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Toddler Dance and more!


At the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts and the Mandeville School of Music & Dance, we love working with dancers of all ages from brand new beginners to advanced students preparing for college dance programs.

Dance School in Mandeville for kids, teens, & adults


Dance Classes in Mandeville, LA 70471 at LAAPA for Kids, Teens, and Adults

As the Northshore's leader in performing arts education, the Mandeville School of Music & Dance offers a wide variety of dance classes for kids, teens, and adults to explore.

We teach all types of students at LAAPA from brand new beginners (as young as age 2) to pre-professional dance artists (who may be interested in studying privately/training for upcoming events, tours, recitals). While many of our dancers are here to have fun learning about the art of dance, a variety of choreography, and building new friendships with their classmates, others are here to prepare for college or other professional/artistic ventures and they literally may eat, sleep, and breathe dance all day every day!

We love the fact that our community dance school works with students of all backgrounds, interests, levels, and age. While you won't see as many photos of our adult students (because they are shy!), we have thriving adult programs in ballet, hip hop, and tap!

Our teachers understand that our students are all studying here for many different reasons and love working with students at their levels. It is just as much a joy for them to see a beginning ballet student master the five basic positions as it is for them to see an advanced hip hop student perform an advanced move like a "freeze".

Our dance classes are presented in a non-competitive environment allowing students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn and enjoy the art of dance in a fun, low pressure, yet physically stimulating and challenging environment. Students and parents are welcomed at any time to discuss their classes with the Department of Dance Chair should they find their classes are either underchallenging or overchallenging.

Our traditional classes are typically available 3:30-9:00 PM Monday-Thursday and from 3:30-7:30PM Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM-3PM. Private dance instruction is available at a variety of times Monday-Saturday and most requests (including mornings or lunchtimes) can be accomodated.

Online Dance Classes


Online Dance Classes

Interested in learning to dance from the comfort and safety of home? Great! LAAPA has been offering virtual classes since 2012 when Skype first became popular, and our dance faculty are extremely comfortable teaching students of all ages online. All of our students have the option of attending our dance classes online or in person each week.

Learn More About Online Dance Classes


Northshore's Best Dance Academy

What Sets Our
Dance School Apart?

Our faculty have implemented one of the most well rounded dance curricula on the Northshore. Classes go beyong the physical steps each week and encompass dance terminology, dance history, teamwork, original choreography, and more.

Our students enrolled in 2 or more classes weekly additionally receive complimentary access to our strength and conditioning classes, complimentary master classes, seasonal performance opportunities outside of our December and June recitals (such as City Park, The English Tea Room, and more). We realize that many students are just interested in attending their weekly classes, and that's perfectly fine too - whenever you are ready to more, these options are all waiting for you!

Developing a refined, age appropriate, and multi-faceted curricula is certainly key, but equally important is how it is shared not only with students, but parents as well. Our faculty utilize a hybrid approach to parent/student communication which consists of weekly goals and assignments posted in their student dance notebooks as well as online updates via a state of the art lesson application which stores student progress, schedules, lesson notes, video, audio, and more! By integrating both traditional and technology driven support/communication systems, our families and faculty are always in sync!

Speaking of technology, more and more students have become interested in virtual and online dance classes. We have been offering online classes for years at our studio as far back as 2012 and all of our classrooms are fully equipped for students to join us virtually each week. Some students choose to attend in person some weeks and online other weeks depending on personal activities and conflicts. While we still believe that in person dance classes are always best, much can be accomplished with virtual classes as well!


Choosing a Dance Program - What Beginners Need to Know

New to dance classes on the Northshore? Ryan interviews Mrs. Mary Shaffo, Department of Dance Chair Emeritus. They discuss what beginning parents and students need to know when getting started and choosing a school of dance. The lesson below is courtesy of our Lagniappe Lesson Blog series.


Choosing a Dance School


Pre-Ballet Classes in Mandeville (ages 4-6)

Pre-Ballet classes at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance are an excellent introduction into the world of dance. The young beginner will experience fun and creative classes that combine a variety of games with essential ballet techniques, steps, choreography and barre work. All pre-ballet instruction is age appropriate.


Ballet Classes in Mandeville (ages 6-up)

As the foundation of all dance styles, students of all ages can benefit from instruction in Ballet even if they wish to eventually pursue more popular/street styles such as Hip Hop. Classes will cover topics such as barre warmups, plie’s, releve’s, and tendues, center combinations, and across the floor movement, such as skips, chasse’s and leaps. Students begin pre-pointe prep in Ballet II with Ballet III largely focusing on pointe work. All level II and level III ballet students who wish to be placed on pointe are strongly encouraged to enroll in our weekly Strength and Conditioning classes (free for students taking 2 or more classes each week!)

Learn More About Ballet


Ballet Classes in Mandeville, LA

Watch a Ballet Class with Ms Desiree below on "Pirouettes" (compliments of our Lagniappe Lesson Series).



Hip Hop Classes in Mandeville (ages 6-up)

Students more interested in dancing to contemporary and popular music will feel right at home in our Hip Hop classes! While prior ballet experience is welcomed, it is not required to get started, however many of our students who have enrolled in both simulataneously have found that the two classes (while very different stylistically) have elements which compliment one another and strengthen the learning process. Topics covered include isolations, dynamics, pop-and-lock, funk, freezes, and more.

Learn More About Hip Hop


Hip Hop Classes in Mandeville, LA

Watch a Hip Hop Class Perform at a Recent Recital



All Dance Programs Offered

We realize that you have a choice of many dance academies and schools in Mandeville which is why every day we work to ensure that we are offering our students the best possible educational experience with exceptional faculty members, the best facilities, and a vast selection of music and dance programs to offer students of all ages.


A comprehensive listing of our dance classes offered at the Mandeville School of Music & Dance include instruction in Parent & Tot , Pre-Ballet, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Musical Theater I, Musical Theater II, Hip Hop I, Hip Hop II, Hip Hop III, Contemporary/Modern I, Contemporary/Modern II, Adult Hip Hop, Adult Tap, Adult Ballet, Hip Hop/Acro. Private lessons are additionally available in any style/level.

Find a Dance Class


About our Dance Floor

Dance Classes in Mandeville, LA 70471 at LAAPA for Kids, Teens, and Adults

The floor in any dance studio is key to the comfort and success of students and faculty. Our studio features a completely custom floating maple hardwood floor which ensures that our students and instructors do not injure or overly fatigue their knees, ankles, and lower backs.


Mandeville School of Music & Dance - Campus Overview & Driving Directions

Dance Classes in Mandeville, LA

Our brand new state of the art campus opened in Fall, 2017. Our Dance hall features a custom maple hardwood, floating floor specially designed to allow students and faculty to dance longer and reduce fatigue. A 62" monitor connected to our network allows our faculty to utilize a variety of video resources as well as to invite master guest educators from around the world to join and co teach classes online. We are conveniently located in the center of Mandeville, just off of Highway 59 across from Fountainebleau High and Junior High. From I-12, take the Mandeville/Abita Springs exit onto Hwy 59. From Highway 59, look for the Campbell Business Park highway sign that says "Music and Dance Lessons" between Campbell Roofing and the 5 Minute Oil change.


Mandeville Virtual Campus Tour

Upcoming Events

Questions? Click below to check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Call, text or email - we're here to help Monday-Thursday 8 AM - 9 PM, Friday 8 AM - 7:30 PM, and Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM.

Please note that during holiday breaks, the office will be open between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is always best to call the office before dropping by the Academy in person during holiday breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Come and see why over 1,000 students can't wait for their lessons each week. It's Quick and Easy to Get Started in Classes this !

Arrange your first class by contacting us today or click below to enroll online.

Get Started in Lessons