Junior Summer Workshop



Introduce your dancer to the art of dance. The Studio offers this week long workshop that will give your kids the opportunity to learn the basic ballet and contemporary steps.  For those dancers that have ballet experience, this workshop will give them an opportunity to expand and refine their technique.  All dancers will have an in studio performance opportunity at the end of the workshop to showcase what they learned during the week.

The following two workshops will be offered


Monday, June 19th-Friday, June 23rd

  • Ballet I (Ages 7-10)
    • Class Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Cost: $15 per class / $65 for the week


Monday, June 26th-Friday, June 30th

  • Contemporary I (Ages 7-10)
    • Class Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
    • Cost: $15 per class / $65 for the week



Meet Your Instructors:

diana_picDiana Madrigal-Barnitz (School Artistic Director) a New Orleans native, has studied ballet since the age of three. She began her training at the Myra Mier School of Ballet under the direction of Myra Mier in Kenner, Louisiana. At the age of thirteen, Diana joined the Jefferson Ballet Theatre where she performed many roles including Spanish Coffee from The Nutcracker, Jeremy Fisher from Tales of Beatrix Potter, Summer Fairy from Cinderella, Wicked Stepmother from Hansel and Gretel.  As a trainee, Diana attended several summer intensive programs where she studied under Edward Villella, Susan Anderson, Marcus Alford, and Cindy Flach to name a few. At the age of fifteen, Diana started her instructor training in the Vaganova Method under Myra Mier.As a senior in high school, Diana participated in The Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans Performance series and was awarded the John Tobin Award for outstanding performance of Esperanza from Tarde en La Siesta.

Diana attended Loyola University New Orleans where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in marketing in 2006. After graduation; Diana worked with Centerplate at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Arena as Suite Sales Executive Assistant. In the fall of 2013, Diana rejoined the dance community by opening the doors to The Studio School of Dance in Metairie, Louisiana. Diana returned to the stage in the spring of 2014 and danced with D’Project’s in their production of Let’s Dance: A Modern Tribute to the Music of David Bowie. In the summer of 2014, Diana joined Storytellers Dance Project as one of its founding members. In October of the same year, Diana portrayed one of the lead roles in their first full length production titled, “Say, You Got the Password?”

As a teacher, Diana’s students have been accepted to pre-professional summer intensive programs that include Houston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Her students have participated in internationally renowned ballet competitions such as Youth American Grand Prix and the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition.

Diana hopes to continue to promote the art of ballet as well as giving dancers the opportunity to express themselves through dance.


13308314_1001030600011956_3774210519198882557_oEmma Busi started dancing at age 4 at Silhouette School of Dance in Nashville, TN. After moving back to her hometown, Metairie, LA, she continued her dance education at The Academy of Classical Ballet then Helena Hosch School of Dance. Emma started dancing competitively with Helena Hosch’s Style Corps as well as with her schools dance team. During that time she had the opportunity to dance in selective competition showcases, halftime performances for the New Orleans Saints, Rose bowls, and many local events. She fell in love with the art of movement and performing. Emma and her family relocated to Shreveport, LA, due to hurricane Katrina and has since been spending most of her time there. She attended and taught classes at Red River National Stars in 2005 before beginning her training under Renee Cheveallier and Ginger Folmer at Centenary College’s dance department. It was at centenary that Miss Busi was introduced to modern dance and was made a member of the company Escaped Images. Together the company performed in various concerts, community events, and collaborated with praiseworthy bands and composers. Over the past few years Emma has had the pleasure of being a featured dancer in music videos and the film “looper”. She has performed with WC Choreography and La Rousse Promotions at countless Mardi Gras bals, fundraisers, and casino events. Emma has worked with The Shreveport Opera, Stage Center, Shreveport Little Theatre, and Factory Girls Productions. As well as being a featured character and dancer for the light suit dance crew, iluminate at Six Flags Over Texas. Most recently Emma has been an instructor at Power & Grace School of Performing Arts. Where she has taught babies to adults in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern. She co-founded Louisiana Dance Collective, a company for adult dancers, to provide training and performance opportunities is Shreveport and Bossier. Although she loves and trains in all styles of dance Emma’s focus is contemporary hip hop, modern, and jazz. Miss Busi is constantly seeking to be challenged in these genres and never stops growing to be a better performer, choreographer, and instructor.