Courtney Sproule has dedicated her life to the betterment of lives through dance and her commitment to that cause has earned her gold in this year’s Cochrane Eagle’s Best of Cochrane Readers’ Choice Awards.
Sproule, who has been teaching dance for 16 years – 10 years as owner of Snap Dance Studios – said in that time she has had the privilege of shaping the lives of thousands of dancers.
“It’s not just about dance lessons, it’s about changing kids’ lives for the better,” said Sproule of her philosophy.
With nearly 500 dancers in various programs this year and the venture expanding into a larger space, Sproule said Snap Dance Studios is the largest dance studio in Cochrane.
She likens dance to hockey, where only a small percentage of go on to professional levels. Though Snap Dance Studios has had dancers go on to do big things, Sproule said it’s the life lessons dance teaches that are important.
“For me, it’s about the city planners or the nurses, how do they continue to better their lives, she said, adding skills like team work, work ethic, commitment, organization and commitment are the take aways from dance.
Sproule, whose dedication has earned her a spot in an upcoming book featuring 20 dance studios from around the world, credits her success to a drive to stay at the top of her field.
She said over the past few years she has put a focus on professional development learning from people at the top of the dance community.
Over the next year, Sproule will be continue to deliver the quality programs Snap Dance Studios is known for and organizing events to celebrate the studios’ 10th anniversary.
As for the award itself, she said she is humbled and it is an honoured to be recognized.