Susan Laing has been teaching youth the confidence to express themselves fully for 30 years in Airdrie.

The founder of Airdrie Dance Academy estimates she has taught more than 10,000 students since her studio opened. 

“Our studio is multigenerational,” she says.

“I taught kids and now I am teaching their kids. The fact is dance is a gift of life. If you’re happy, you dance. It brings people together.”

She says despite the many changes she has seen the city go through over the years, parents continue to remain dedicated to supporting their children’s activities. 

“For that support, of my business, my passion and my values, I am forever grateful.”

Mackenzie Cox has been Laing’s assistant for six years and a student ever since she was four years old. She says Laing doesn’t just teach her students how to dance. 

Not only has she been an incredible dance teacher, she has been a best friend, support system and even in some ways a second mom to me and a lot of her dancers,” says Cox, winner of the 2020 Amazing Airdrie Women Promise Award.

She goes above and beyond for all of her students and makes sure every student feels safe, validated and confident in themselves.”