About That's dancing

OUR MISSION

That's Dancing strives to maintain a studio that gives individual attention and proper technique training to students in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We believe that a dancer is a product of his/her teachers. The development of a dancer is paralleled through the relationship of expert and professional teachers and their association with their students.

That's Dancing Studio

With a large lobby, the over 10,000 square foot building has four, state of the art, oversized studios. The girls and boys bathroom include a dressing area for students who wish to change at the studio.

Two of the studios are designed with sprung floating wood flooring and two with Time-Step sprung Marley Flooring. Each studio is equipped with a remote controlled sound system, portable and wall mounted bars, professional studio mirrors and cameras for parent viewing in the lobby.

We have created the ultimate facility for the education and training of the finest dancers in South Florida.

Artistic Directors

andrea lamaina & michele walsh

Andrea LaMaina

received her BFA in Dance Performance and Education from Towson University in Maryland. Mrs. LaMaina is the past President of DMA, Florida Chapter 2. She holds a National Teacher Education Certification as well as a Teacher Certification in Dance/Vocational Arts. She is an active member of Dance Educators of American and Dance Masters of America. She is the President of “The Young Dancer Foundation of South Florida, Inc.” a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that accepts charitable, tax deductible donations to benefit talented young dancers. Andrea is the Founder of the So Flo Tap Festival, and produces an annual event to promote the american art form of tap dancing, tap jamming and improvisation. Andrea is the teacher and choreographer of many title holders on a regional and national level. Her students have earned many scholarships to prestigious summer intensives and higher education dance degree programs. Her choreography has earned many awards throughout the years and Andrea is sought after as a judge on several competition circuits. She enjoys teaching master classes both locally and regionally and sharing her love of dance with eager dancers. Before college, Andrea trained under master teacher Fred Knecht. Andrea has choreographed for the Wellington High School Dance Team from Wellington, Florida, who was invited to perform at the Orange Bowl Classic’s half time show. Before becoming co-owner and Artistic Director of That’s Dancing, she was a faculty member at Glen Rock Middle School where she designed and created an exploratory arts curriculum, which included dance and creative movement. In 1997, she was nominated for The Sallie Mae Best New Teacher of the Year Award, a national honor recognizing her achievements in innovative curriculum development and design for public education. Andrea has also danced professionally with DDM Company based in Fairlawn, New Jersey. She is an active member of the National Dance Association and the Florida Dance Association. In 1994, she was chosen to perform with renowned choreographer Maureen Flemming in an original work at the Stephen’s Hall Theater in Baltimore. In 1990, Andrea was a scholarship recipient for the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Program. For several years, Andrea was a performer and featured dancer in various roles at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania.

 

Michele Walsh

holds a Master of Education in Dance from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Miami. She is the past Vice-President of Dance Masters of America Florida Chapter 2. She is a certified teacher with the Dance Masters of America Organization. She belongs to Dance Educators of America, Florida Chapter. Michele is the teacher and choreographer of Petite Miss Dance of Florida, 2012. She has trained with many respectable dance instructors including Fred Knecht, Katiti King, Eva Gholson, David Howard and Francis Kiernan. Before moving to Florida, she was a faculty member at the Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey, where she was the Head of the Performing Arts Department and dance teacher. At Purnell, she taught ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, African dance, movement improvisation and choreography to students ages 13-18. Michele has choreographed several musicals including Quilters, The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall, Prom Queens Unchained, Starmites, Smile and I’m Sorry The Bridge Is Out, You’ll Have To Spend The Night. Her work was nominated for Best Ensemble from the Papermill Playhouse Rising Stars Awards, a professional theater company in Millburn, New Jersey.

Michele has danced professionally with the Red Bank Ballet Company and the American Repertory Theatre. She has performed as a lead dancer for the band The Beat Club, known for the song “Security”, in live concerts throughout South Florida. She has even danced in the Super Bowl XXIII half time show in Miami at Joe Robbie Stadium, where she was a featured dancer. To stay on the cutting edge of dance, she has attended the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago; the Dance Teacher Now Convention in NYC; the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine; the Florida Dance Festival in Tampa, Houston Ballet’s Teacher Seminar in Texas, and New York on the Road, a traveling dance workshop. Michele is also an active member of both the National Dance Association and The Florida Dance Association which promote dance in a variety of venues.