Diversity Dance and Performing Arts is dedicated to giving your child a wonderful and positive experience.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Miss Christina Bezuidenhout
Since I was 5 and took my first dance class, all I’ve wanted to be was a dance teacher.
When I opened Diversity Dance in 2008, I had 36 students, was the only teacher, and ran classes out of a local community centre. I had 3 other jobs that year to help fund the studio. In 2009, I opened in a 2200 square foot location with two dance studios, and hired 2 other teachers. We had approximately 200 students that year and I was overjoyed! In 2011 I took a big risk and expanded my studio space to 5500 square feet. That year we began our competition group “Team Diversity”, and had great success in competitions across Calgary. This past 2017-2018 season was another great success. I have 16 staff members now, a large array of competitive and recreational students and a competitive team of 200. I am excited about our new expansion to add a 4th studio space. It will allow us to open our doors to more students, and provide our current ones with new and exciting opportunities.
The rapid growth of Diversity Dance is a testament to our success in creating a passion for dance in these young people. It’s my goal to give every student the opportunity to experience a love of dance and learning.
I believe that Diversity is not just a dance studio, it is a place where many kids grow up. I have an open door policy with all of my students and the studio is a place many of them come to do homework, hang out with dance friends or a safe place if they are in need of one. Our lobby is always full of kids! My staff and myself are not just teachers – we are role models, mentors and sometimes shoulders to cry on. We are always our student’s biggest cheerleaders and advocates.
I know that my studio has made an impact on many. I hope this influence stays with them throughout adulthood and helps to shape their futures. I truly do what I do because of the lives we touch and the students I get to see grow up. I feel a great responsibility to be a positive role model for each of them. I provide a safe and positive environment for all my students where they are loved and appreciated for who they are. I believe this impacts them for the rest of their lives regardless of whether they follow a career in dance or follow another path.
It has been a busy 11 years, and I’ve loved every minute! I look forward to what the future holds for Diversity Dance and our past, present and future students.