Our Story

Dance is a way of life and has been for the Labourdette School of Dance since established in 1953. This season begins the 65th year of devotion to building a school of excellence and dedication to the idea of quality in dance education.

The School offers a complete dance curriculum ranging in courses for the pre-school student through adults. The Labourdettes have built a reputation as dance educators and choreographers and their primary interest is to make dance an educational part of the lives of each student by offering the ultimate training of dance technique.

Individual and personal attention is given to each student’s ability and progress by experienced and professional teachers. All classes are taught by qualified staff.

The Dance Studio

Our dance studio is centrally located in Metairie off Causeway Blvd.

Achievements

The Labourdette Dancers have performed and won in many Regional and National Competitions.  They have competed in Louisiana Association of Dance Masters Regional Competition, Dance Masters of America National Competition, Dance America Regional and National Competition, New York City Dance Alliance Regional Competition and Dance Magic, Inc. Regional Competition.  In these competitions there were many Title Award Winners such as:  Miss Dance of Louisiana 1978, Miss Dance of Dixie 1982, Petite Miss Dance of Louisiana 1987, First Runner-Up Miss Dance of Dixie 1983, First Runner-Up Miss Dance of Louisiana 1984, First Runner-Up Junior Miss Dance of Louisiana 1985, First Runner-Up Junior Miss Dance of Louisiana 1991, Second Runner-Up Junior Miss Dance of Louisiana 1992, First Runner-Up Teen Miss Dance of Louisiana 1993, Second Runner-Up Miss Dance of Louisiana 1998,  Essay Winner Miss Dance of Louisiana 1986, Overall Scholarship Audition Winner 1982, First Place Acrobatic Award Scholarship Audition 1982, First Place Tap Award Scholarship Audition 1983, Essay Winner Miss Dance of Louisiana 1991, First Place High Score Tap, Ballet and Jazz Scholarship Audition 1994.  Performing Arts Competition Winners include: First and Second Place Awards in Dance America Regional Competition 2006, 2007 and 2008,  Gold and High Silver Achievement Awards and The Class Act Award in the New York City Dance Alliance Regional Competition 2006, Top Gold and Silver Awards and Two High Score Solos in the Dance Magic, Inc. Regional Competition 2008.

Competition 2012:

 Louisiana Association of Dance Masters Performing Arts Competition Winners for 2012:

“Pirates Of The Caribbean” – Gold Award and Winner of the Special Judges Choice of the Day Award.

“The Heist” – Gold Award.

“Dance for Life” – Gold Award.

“Watch Me” – Gold Award.

Alyssa Scurria’s Solo “Hair” – High Silver Award.

Former Graduates of the Labourdette School of Dance, who have gone on to be successful in the Art of Dance:

Jessica Hartman, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 1994, her theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Camelot and Beauty and the Beast.  She was Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain and performed in the Broadway Musical “The Boy From Oz”.  She is the Director of “Broadway Theatre Connection” holding a workshop in New Orleans this summer for the eight year. She is starring in the musical Oklahoma in Washington D.C. and is Associate Choreographer for the Off Broadway Play “Lysistrata Jones”, which opened on Broadway on December 14, 2011.

Amanda Wright, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 1995, is a Certified Pilate’s Instructor at her studio in Mandeville, Louisiana.

Katie McGowan, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 2005, graduated in 2011 from Northwestern State University in Dance & Theatre and is a Class Assistant at the Labourdette School of Dance.

Shelly Rieder Martin, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 1976, owns and operates a successful dance studio in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Charlene Hrubes, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 1991, is a Zumba Fitness Instructor at the Labourdette School of Dance.

Heidi Roth, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 1994 and her Sister, Annie Roth Lefevre, Labourdette School of Dance, Graduate 1996 own and operate a successful dance studio in Mandeville, Louisiana.