Hidden Gem :: MOVE Studio

My mom put me in dance class at the ripe age of 18 months, just to get me socialized since I was ATTACHED to her hip. Needless to say, I loved it because I danced until I was 25 years old.

Fast forward, I am 38 and recently noticed that my metabolism has slowed down quicker than I ever expected. I want to sweat and burn calories but in the most fun way possible! Since I have always been a lover of dance, my sister and I had been searching for a place we could take dances classes as an adult, where there was no recital or costumes. Just FUN! I wondered if such a place ever existed.

A few months ago, one of my favorite people on the planet introduced me to the MOVE Studio family and I have been hooked ever since. I went to my first class, alone, which in girl world is crazy. Have you ever seen girls go to the bathroom alone? No! We love our besties. But I decided I will be brave and do it.

It. Was. Amazing.

Everyone was so welcoming the minute I walked in. The owner gave me a tour of the studio, restrooms, amenities etc. During class, they welcome questions and clarifications  while you are learning the choreography. I have never felt judged. I have never felt uncomfortable. I only felt like I was at home. They have men and women in all classes – so it truly is for everyone!

What is MOVE Studio?

MOVE Studio is an Adult Dance Center in the heart of Metairie. They offer dance classes ranging Beginner to Advanced in ALL styles! They really are a welcoming community that LOVES to have a great time and share our passion of performing and dance!

Where are they located?

They are located at 3508 Hessmer Avenue in Metairie.

Who is/are the teacher(s)?

MOVE is owned and operated by Maggie Dewitt Paul. She has over 10 years of professional experience and her resume includes being a member of the LSU Tiger Girls, New Orleans Saintsations and Pelicans Dance Team where she was Captain her fifth season. You can check out her classes on the MOVE app or online.

What types of classes?

There are a variety of teachers depending on the class you take. Some classes include, but are not limited to: Beginner Hip Hop, Intermediate Hip Hop, Advanced Hip Hop, Open level Ballet, Beginner Jazz Funk, Advanced Jazz Funk, Power Fit, Move and Groove, Team Prep, Beginner Broadway, Technique and Jazz, Heels and Twerkshop. The weekly schedule is loaded to their social media sites, as well as the MOVE app. They also post videos of the variety of dances and classes.

I highly encourage you to check them out if you are looking to have fun, sweat a little (or a lot in my case) and just de-stress. Come get MOVING! Join the MOVEMENT!

Group photo at MOVE Studio

Erika Lockhart
My name is Erika Lockhart and I am married to my husband, Chris. We have two children - Zane (7) and Finnley (2). We also have one 4 – legged child - Nelson a mixed breed rescue and a tarantula named Twitch. I was born and raised in Harvey, LA but now live in Metairie. I am a full time employee for a healthcare consulting company where I lead the Primary Care Provider engagement efforts from my home office here in NOLA. My husband is the owner and director of Clockwork Performance - A strength and performance gym in Kenner, LA. Odd facts about me - I love watching Judge Judy, I want to be on jury duty as much as possible, I have an obsession with mayonnaise and my dream job is to be a private investigator!


  1. I am really happy to read this article. I have looked at the MOVE studio several times online and could not bring myself to go alone. You have made me feel at ease that it would be something that I can try on my own. thanks for the encouragement.


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