Susan Laing, founder of Airdrie Dance Academy, created not just a business but a family when she started her studio almost 30 years ago.

“We are a multi-generational studio,” she says.

“That dedication to me and my studio shows community support, pride and a shared love of dance.”

Laing estimates that she has taught about 10,000 students over the past 29 years.

She says despite the many changes she has seen the city go through over the years, one thing has remained consistent.

“Parents remain dedicated to support their children’s activities,” she says.

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

Mackenzie Cox, Laing’s assistant of five years and student of 14 years, nominated her mentor for the award saying she doesn’t just teach her students how to dance.

“In the small periods of time you get with her every week, she not only teaches you how to dance but life lessons along the way,” says Cox, the winner of the 2020 Amazing Airdrie Women Promise Award.

“She cares so deeply for each and every one of her students and no dancer ever feels left out from her kindness and compassion.”