Shantel Robeaux is the owner and director of Shantel’s Dance Academy. Ms. Shantel’s passion for the art of dance became apparent from a very early age, and is still the driving force behind her efforts to share her knowledge and love for dance with her students. Recognizing this passion, her parents encouraged and supported her love of dance by enrolling her in dance classes at the age of two. After years of formal training Ms. Shantel began to choreograph pieces which were performed during various competitions. After graduating from a local dancing school she began her college career, however, Ms. Shantel continued to dance and teach at a local dance studio as well as many different recreation departments. The love of dance and the passion to teach others made it an easy decision for her to open a dance studio in 1999.
Ms. Shantel, along with her staff frequently attends workshops and conventions throughout the year to continue their dance education. Ms. Shantel frequently networks with other dance studio owners and teachers throughout the United States in an effort to stay up to date on the latest trends in the world of dance.
Ms. Shantel is a member of Dance Masters of America (DMA) and Louisiana Dance Masters of America (LADM). DMA & LADM are nationally known non-profit educational organizations. She received her certification to teach Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics by passing a written and practical examination in each subject. Ms. Shantel feels blessed to be able to pass on her love for dance to so many students.
Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg
Ms. Kellis is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Clinton, Mississippi. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Following her undergraduate studies, she moved to New York City to pursue her master's degree in dance at New York University, graduating from Tisch School of the Arts with a Masters of Fine Arts in 2012.
Ms. Kellis is a former instructor of dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattisburg, MS. She specializes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and performance techniques. When Ms. Kellis and her husband moved to New Orleans, she became a member of the Marigny Opera Ballet.
In addition to being a choreographer, and Assistant Rehearsal Director for the Marigny Opera Ballet, Ms. Kellis is excited to be a part of the Shantel's Dance Academy faculty.
Ms. Sarah grew up in Belle Chasse and is a teacher graduate of Shantel's Dance Academy. Dance and Music have played an important role in her life. Along with teaching dance, Ms. Sarah is a student at the University of New Orleans and working towards her teaching degree.
Ms. Jayna grew up in Buras, where she studied various styles of dance and acrobats. The love of teaching acro & dance inspired her to continue her education in teaching. She is a student at the University of New Orleans and working towards an Education degree.
Ms. Elisabeth is a teacher graduate of Shantel's Dance Academy. Along with teaching dance, Ms. Elisabeth enjoys her position as our Front Desk Manager and helping out wherever needed! In addition to her love of dance, she enjoys art by painting portraits.
Ms. Megan is a 2014 Graduate of Shantel’s Dance Academy and Belle Chasse High School. During high school, she was a member of the Cardinalette Dance Team in addition to taking many classes with Ms. Shantel. Ms. Megan has been a dancer at the studio since it opened in 1999. Ms. Megan learned her love of dance from her Nanny (Ms. Shantel).
Growing up in the studio, Megan was able to see every part of the business and couldn't wait to be old enough to become an assistant teacher. She knew the only thing she wanted to do was dance and teach. Ms. Megan takes every opportunity to continue her dance education.
Aside from teaching dance, Ms. Megan earned her Cosmetologist License.
Ms. Macie has been a dancer for the past 18 years. She has been a part of Shantel's Dance Academy since the studio was opened in 1999. She was also a member of the Crystalettes for 2 years where she held the position as a Junior Officer, and was also a member of the Eaglettes for 2 years.
Aside from teaching dance, Ms. Macie earned her teaching degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College and enjoys teaching her 5th grade students!
Ms. Julia is a lifelong resident of Belle Chasse and a graduate of Shantel's Dance Academy. With over 24 years of dance experience, Ms. Julia has a caring way of interacting with young dancers.
At a young age Ms. Julia had the passion for dance. Throughout her childhood, dance played an important role in her life. She attended dance conventions attending classes with numerous Master Teachers, participated in competitions, and traveled for performances at many popular family attractions.
After becoming a mom to three beautiful children, Ms. Julia made it a priority to return to the studio to fulfill her love for dance. Having children of her own, she understands the importance of helping young dancers build confidence and have a fun time in class. Her patience and love for dance shines inside and outside the classroom.