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About us-

Our Story

Welcome to The Dance School LA, where dance and passion converge to create a space of joy, growth, and community. I'm Carissa Songhorian, the founder of this cherished studio, and I'm thrilled to share our story with you.

In the heart of January 2021, amid the challenges of a global pandemic, The Dance School LA came to life as a beacon of hope and creativity. Despite the uncertainty, we believed that dance could bring comfort and connection during these trying times. Our journey began during a period of adversity, but it was fueled by a lifelong dream that I've nurtured since I was just ten years old.

From those early years, I found solace in the world of dance. I remember creating makeshift dance studios in open spaces, inviting friends to join me in the enchanting realm of movement. Back then, I realized the power of dance to uplift spirits, build friendships, and create moments of shared joy. It was in those moments that my desire to own a dance studio took root.

The idea of owning a studio stayed with me as I grew, and in January 2021, that dream became a reality as an online studio. Then, in June of 2023, The Dance School LA was born not just as a physical space for dance, but as a haven where dreams take flight and bonds are formed. It's a place where I can finally bring my childhood vision to life, teaching and guiding dancers of all ages and backgrounds.

For me, dance has always been about more than just movement. It's about touching lives, sharing experiences, and igniting passions. The Dance School LA is a manifestation of that love for dance and the joy it brings. Every class, every interaction, and every smile shared within these walls reaffirms that this is where I'm meant to be.


The Dance School LA isn't just a business; it's my heart and soul. It's a reflection of my childhood aspirations and the embodiment of the warmth and encouragement that dance can provide. It's a community where individuals come together to learn, grow, and support each other through the art of movement.

As you step into The Dance School LA, whether it's your first class or you're a seasoned dancer, know that you're stepping into my dream, my passion, and my happy place. I invite you to join us on this beautiful journey of dance, camaraderie, and self-discovery.

With gratitude and excitement,

Carissa Songhorian

Founder, The Dance School LA

Our Goals / Mission

1. Our Goal is to foster a fun and nurturing environment where students can develop as dancers, artists, and, most importantly, as individuals. At DSLA, we believe in growth:

  • the personal Greatness of every individual

  • the value of Relationship 

  • the power of Optimism 

  • the Wealth of the creative mind

  • the importance of Thoughtfulness & diversity

  • the Health of the dancer's mind and body


2. To do this, we offer enriching TRAINING and classes with premiere dance professionals, choreographers, and instructors that are active members and leaders of the current dance industry in Los Angeles and abroad; giving your student the tools they need to succeed.

3. We believe in keeping you and/or your young dancer happy and healthy. We do this by making sure that our teachers have a general understanding of the human body and how it works, which gives us the opportunity to integrate safe practices into our training programs. By maintaining this standard, this helps us to understand you as an individual and a mover.  

Our Services

The Dance School LA is dedicated to bringing the fun and excitement that is dance to the cities of Chatsworth, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, California and abroad through our hybrid (both in-person and live-online) dance classes. With our drop-in rates and monthly subscription plans, you have the opportunity to not only take weekly group classes, schedule private or shared lessons, and hone your technique, but you will be able to do so at affordable costs.

Our Non-discrimination policy

All owners, staff, and employees of The Dance School LA believe that dance education should be available to all. Our Non-Discrimination Policy means that The Dance School LA does not discriminate against any color, race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation; and will admit any individual who is interested in a dance and/or fitness education and respects these values. Any and all students have the opportunity, right, and privilege to be a part of our programs, events, and performances. 

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