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 Our 34th year of dance in the community!

Located in North Shelby County in Chelsea, Alabama just off Highway 280

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With the 2023-2024 dance season of classes, Dance South Studio will begin its 34th year of providing exceptional dance instruction in the Shelby County community for beginner, intermediate and advanced level dancers. The studio owner, Nena Maniscalco, started the dance school in the fall of 1989 as the only after-school activity at Inverness Elementary. After a few years, the demand for classes led her to build a professional studio facility in Chelsea. The main studio is located in Chelsea, Alabama, but Dance South also provides dance instruction to tiny dancer students at Asbury United Methodist Church.

The studio’s continued success demonstrates that Dance South is a well-respected dance studio in the community providing thousands of students over the years with the best dance training and executing dance performances for audiences that are family friendly based on age appropriate music, choreography and costumes. Each year the studio showcases its dancers in multi-show, professional recital productions at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

The faculty teaches classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, acro, clogging, musical theatre, dance technique and dance conditioning. Classes include beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of dance curriculum. Dance South students gain a solid understanding of proper technique and terminology that help to foster physical awareness while improving carriage, poise, and coordination.

Dance education is offered to recreational and competitive team students as well as those who are simultaneously pursuing opportunities in Birmingham musical theater productions, individuals performing dance talent in pageants, and dancers performing on middle and high school dance teams.

Dance South Studio is located at 316 Foothills Drive, Chelsea, Alabama conveniently located off Highway 280. The facility has 9,100 square feet consisting of three large studio dance rooms with state of the art audio equipment, sprung floors and professional marley flooring for the safety and comfort of our dancers.  

New students and parents are welcome to tour the studio facility during regular operating hours or can schedule an appointment by calling our studio office at (205) 678-4414 or sending an email to



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316 Foothills Drive

Chelsea, AL 35043

​(205) 678-4414

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