Diane Laidler is the owner and director of Studio Encore Dance Centre. Diane has been teaching children for 33 years. She teaches the preschool programs as well as the highland dance program. Diane is a professional member of Scotdance Canada and holds a teachers certificate in the S.D.T.A. (Scottish Dance Teacher's Alliance). She teaches all traditional highland and national dances at all levels from primary to premier. In addition, she choreographs dances, which enables students to compete in both festivals and competitions as a group.
Diane's choreography has won numerous awards in festivals and competitions across Western Canada. She offers her students the S.T.D.A. Highland exams. Many of her students compete year round in S.O.B.H.D. Highland competitions across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Over 70 dancers have competed and placed in the Inter Provincial Canadian Championship Competition held yearly, where dancers from across Canada, the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia compete against each other. Many of her students have placed in the primary to premier levels at these competitions.
Diane's choreography was showcased on Saskatchewan's Telemiracle, where 10 of her dancers performed to "Lord of the Dance". These same dancers also auditioned and were accepted for Saskatchewan's elite show "Dare to Dance". In 2000 and 2001 her students traveled to Scotland to compete at highland games throughout Scotland, winning numerous medals. Just recently her senior students won a top award at the International Dance Competition held in Hawaii for “Most Precision Group”. With a lot of hard work and determination Diane started Lloydminster's local association for Highland Dancing called the Mid-West Highland Dancing Association. In 2002 she organized Lloydminster's first Highland Dance Competition. Diane brings a vast knowledge and success to her teaching, sharing her love of dance.