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Dance South Studio is in its 32nd year of providing exceptional dance instruction in Shelby County 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 students in six other remote locations in North Shelby County.

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 BJCC.

The faculty teaches classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, clogging, 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 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.


  • Inverness Elementary School (INES)

  • Mt. Laurel Elementary School (MLES)

  • Oak Mountain Elementary School (OMES)

  • Asbury United Methodist Church



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Dance South

316 Foothills Drive

Chelsea, AL 35403

​Tel: (205) 678-4414