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Dianne Long

DianneARAD, AISTD, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Character National  

Dianne has over 35 years teaching experience in Cambridge and has many significant credentials including the following:

  • Advanced Certificate in Ballet from both the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
  • Advanced Certificate in Modern Theatre, with Honours, from the ISTD
  • Associate Member of the Imperial Society in their Modern Theatre
  • Teaching Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dancing
  • Registered Teacher of both the RAD and the ISTD
  • Elementary Certificate with Honours from the Benesh Institute of Choreology of London, UK.
  • Official Mentor for the CTBS Diploma program of the Royal Academy of Dancing, London, UK.

Member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
Member of the International Dance Council – DCI – UNESCO (founders of International Dance Day)
Member of the National Ballet Of Canada
Member of Dance Ontario

Dianne Long has been a dancer, teacher and choreographer for the past 37 years. Formally trained within the systems of both the RAD and the ISTD, she has also had training in Limon, Graham and other dance forms from a wide variety of Dancers and Educators. She has been a guest teacher, rehearsal mistress, and choreographer for high schools, musical theatre productions, musical groups, summer schools and workshops. Her focus has always been on Dance as an Art Form. Her students work as dancers, choreographers and teachers from Vancouver to Halifax.

She founded Cambridge Theatre Dance School in 1984 and is known throughout Canada for her expertise and involvement with nurturing and promoting dance education locally and nationally. She founded the Cambridge Dance Theatre in 1985 which was a non-profit regional youth company which operated for three years. She closed the CTDS in 2011 after 26 years in protest of the HST being imposed on children’s dance lessons – dance being reclassified as a sport rather than an art. The forming of the new non-profit co-operative dance studio, along with many of her former staff, signals a new way forward in arts education, based on the solid foundation of their past history.