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Two Fabulous Locations

Baton Rouge Location

14040 Coursey BLVD
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
(225) 751-8564

Prairieville Location

17528 Airline Hwy
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 673-6195

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DeFrances Dance PRAIRIEVILLE has a


Located just 1 mile from the original location in Prairieville! 


17528 Airline HwyPrairieville, LA 70769

DeFrances Dance BATON ROUGE has not changed...

still the same fabulous dance home location!

OVER 50 YEARS of a family owned/operated business!

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Our Mission

Our mission is to make dance a rewarding, fulfilling and fun experience designed to meet the needs of any student. Our studios offer a complete curriculum ranging in courses for the pre school student to the professional. Great care and individual attention is given to nurturing the abilities of each student to their fullest potential. Our instructors stress not only skills in dancing but social development and effective interaction between pupils and teachers.

Our Story

Our studio was opened in 1971 by Cathy De Frances and has grown into a family business with her daughters Gwyn De Frances and Angie Snow each operating their own locations.  We welcome student’s ages 2 from the beginner through the pre-professional.  We have Combination classes for the recreational dancer, Ballet Technique non performance classes, 2 year old Creative Movement classes, Leaps and Turns/ Contemporary non performance classes, Hip Hop classes and Pointe classes with family rates for multiple siblings.  We also have one of the top competitive teams in the country, Dance Force. Please feel free to call or come by any of our 2 studios and see why you should join our De Frances family!


Good evening, We just made it home from the dress rehearsal, and now that the kids are fed and the costumes are put away until Saturday, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your team for all of your hard work. Your passion for enriching these kids’ lives with the art of dance is evident in all you do, and we cannot say enough great things about our experience with this studio. Having a theatre background and knowing what it takes to put on an event this big, my husband and I appreciate how efficient and professional these programs are. Your team works so well together, and everything runs smoothly as a result. Thank you for yet another great year of dance. Our daughters are blessed to have the opportunity to work with DeFrances, and we look forward to many more years of dance with you and your incredible team.

-Elizabeth T.

De France’s family, I wanted to give you a shout out. My husband and I had the pleasure of attending your company recital last weekend. We went to see our granddaughter, who is in the 4 year old class. Absolutely adorable. The precious costume and cute choreography stole our hearts. !!! I was a dance major in college back in the late 70’s. So I really watch for technique, turn out, foot placement and showmanship. Well done ladies and your choice in costumes throughout the recital was classy, and tasteful!!! Job well done. Congrats!

- Madlyn H.

"I wanted to share a bit of good news regarding my daughter. She was chosen as Colonel (Captain) for this upcoming year for her team in Texas! She is the sassiest jazz dancer, the most emotive lyrical performer and such a hard worker, thanks in a HUGE part to you all and your amazing Mom, Miss Cathy. Y’all literally breathed life & creativity into both my girls- through your dance instruction- and it continues to resonate in them today. So the Dance Force spirit is shining bright in Texas!  Love y’all so much!"

-Michelle R

Recital was incredible!! My entire family (including my husband) was so impressed! Very timely, professional, and impressive show! From summer classes, registration, and pictures, our first year of dance has been an incredible and seamless process. Thank you for all you do! We were blown away by the talent of the dancers! As a newcomer to the area, I am so glad we chose De Frances to be our dance home.

- Amanda R

We are so thankful for the teachers and staff that pour into these girls to help them be the best they can be!

- Lyndsi C.

Wonderful family oriented company ran by professionals who truly are passionate for what they do. They are nationally known for training dancers who exude strong technique, professional attitudes, and commitment. DeFrances Academy of Dance is the place to be if you want your child to feel at home, get the best training, and fall in love with dance!

- Tracey G.

I am so unbelievably proud of our girls! Defrances has become a second home for my girl and I could not be more thankful for the teammates, staff, and mommas! Everyone is so encouraging and welcoming!

- Lyndsi C.

You know she wanted to be on DF because of all the big girls she looked up to. Now that we are here I can't imagine being anywhere else. Angie and her crew are the best!!!! My girl is having the time of her life.

- Erin W.

Hazel’s photos from last year came up on my Facebook newsfeed, and I’m in awe of how much more confident her photos from this year were. This is why I push so hard for the arts! They get so much more than the art skill they train in. They gain confidence, learn how to carry themselves, and they learn how to work together with others. Thank you for giving these kids the opportunity to grow not only as dancers, but as well-rounded people in general. Elizabeth T.

I am so thankful for the teachers that push and motivate these girls to be their best! And I am so proud of the dancer Ava is becoming!
Ashley W.

The BEST dance staff in the history of all dance staff! We love you all!! Thank you for being so - caring but yet stern enough to push these girls to greatness! They know you love them and care for them and that makes all the difference!

- Katie G

The De Frances Dance Scholarship Winners 

"Dancer Of The Year"

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Sophie Spence

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Sydne Dobard

We are very proud of our dancers!

Dane Force Title Winners 

Our National Award Winning

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This unbelievably talented group of dancers
is an exciting and memorable opportunity. 
Our teachers are known for their award winning choreography and our students have been described as

“technically flawless.”


Dance Force has taken top honors across the United States!

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