Meet the Staff

Welcome to The Dance Station. We are a full service dance retail shop in Meraux Louisiana. My name is Lauren Gonzales and I am the owner of the Dance Station.

At the age of eight my family relocated to St. Bernard Parish. I never realized until moving to St. Bernard parish that there was so much culture to be experienced and the sense of community here is one that only St. Bernard Parish has to offer.

I began dancing at a very young age. I attended Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts and fell in love with the art of dance. I knew that ballet was my calling and found myself dancing all of the time. It became a huge part of what made me who I am today.

As a dancer I have performed in seven productions of the Nutcracker with two different companies. I was also accepted into the New Orleans Youth Ballet at the age of twelve. I graduated from Chalmette High School in 2004.

In 2005 our little slice of heaven in St. Bernard was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. My family evacuated to Baton Rouge and life as we knew it was over. Dancing took a huge back burner and almost became nonexistent at that time. Life became more about rebuilding a home back here than plie’s and pique’s.

Now as the mother of two wonderful children and the wife of an amazing man I have found my new love of dance. I have gone from a student to being able to help teach my daughter proper technique and to help her find her love of the arts.

As owner of The Dance Station I am also finding my niche in making sure that all of our local dancers are outfitted in the latest dance trends and the perfect shoe for whatever style of dance their heart is calling to them.