Prestige Dance Studio Reviews


We just completed our 4th year at Prestige Dance Academy, after switching from another studio…

When making our decision to switch, Prestige stood out compared to the rest. Amanda, Lisette and all the members of their staff have been amazing. It is apparent very early that their intentions are to do what is best for the dancers and it shows in the bonds they make with all the dancers. We initially had 2 dancers, however, one of children decided she didn’t want to dance. The studio was very supportive and put our child’s needs first, they never tried to persuade our child or us and only cared that she was happy. The culture they have created is truly unique. It is evident when you are at the studio to pick up a kid and you see the interaction between students and teachers during the change over. We joined when we they were opening their second studio (South) and have since added the ITC. The addition of the two studios along with the continued training/certification for their staff, shows their commitment of reinvesting back into their own community. They not only invest in themselves, but they actively participate in the community and give back, teaching young kids the value of being part of the community and engaging with all people, a valuable life lessons for kids to have.

From the very start the quality of instruction and the way the studio carries itself is nothing short of professional. During competitions all dancers are expected to act and carry themselves responsibly and be role models for everyone. When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, they like everyone else had to adapt. They continually had to adjust as the rules and guidelines changed often. During this time they would communicate with all families providing as much clarity as possible. They created online content for dancers to follow and remain engaged. More importantly they had Zoom calls, where kids of similar classes got to engage and check in with their teachers and peers. These calls were not purely about dance, but were was much about connecting with the kids and seeing how they were doing. Seeing our daughter before and after these calls, it was apparent the connection/bond between the dancers and teachers, and she was excited that multiple teachers were on each call.

Looking back the last 4 years, and with everything that is going on in the world currently, our move to Prestige is one we don’t regret. In addition to the quality of dance our daughter receives, we are equally satisfied with the life skills that our daughter is learning as well. As a parent you feel good when you see how excited your child gets every time they are dropped off to do something. We think that is a direct reflection of what Prestige Dance Academy and the work they put in.

– Grant and Carly Farion

Grant & Carly Farion
Calgary, AB

Our family has been part of the Prestige Dance family for over 12 years now. The relationship we have fostered with Miss Amanda, Miss Lisette and all of the teachers and staff at Prestige is extremely special to us and transcends dance. Our connection and history is what is most important to us now and what we see as the real gift from Prestige Dance Academy. The dance training and choreography speaks for itself – professional, high quality, creative, it’s the relationships that mean the most. We as a family have had the extreme pleasure to become special friends with many of the dancers and their families and the genuine care, trust and love that these families have for the dancers is so special. I know Prestige Dance Academy has taught our girls many things; hard work, commitment, driving for excellence, perseverance, sportsmanship but the real gifts to our girls have been the relationships they have formed and fostered.
We have seen Prestige Dance Academy evolve and change over the 12 years and they continue to strive to meet the needs of their dancers as was demonstrated through the swift and efficient launch of their new Virtual Dance Program. Prestige Dance Academy is uniquely set up with a very talented and committed group of teachers and staff that can adapt and implement programs that deliver on the needs of their dancers.

Stacie Stephenson

When anyone asks me “What do you love about Prestige?” I never bring up the actual dance program. In my opinion the dancing speaks for itself. Unpararalle, sincere, and masterful. Instead I answer by commending the inclusive community that Prestige has managed to foster. It has always been more than dance.

Denise Chu
Calgary, AB

I walked into Prestige Dance Academy seven years ago with my two year old daughter. I was immediately impressed when I was greeted by the owner of the studio, Amanda Hunsley. Miss Amanda took the time to show us around the dance facility and explained her educational philosophy to us. She also was very engaging with our daughter, who immediately took to her. We were impressed with the clean and spacious studios, but especially with her commitment to small class sizes.

Over the years, our daughter has been exposed to a variety of classes and has had the pleasure of working with a team of gifted dance teachers and choreographers. The beautiful recitals at the end of the year are evidence of the hard work invested into each class. Every staff member at Prestige takes the time to get to know the dancers and their families. They have always made us feel welcome.

Recently, our daughter has been doing Intensive Dances and we have been extremely impressed with the vision the Prestige faculty has for their dancers. They always impress the importance of hard work, dedication and commitment to the dancers. The team takes the time to meet with parents to ensure we are all cohesive in our hopes of emphasizing camaraderie and respect for all dancers, even from other studios. They not only teach the students the importance of being professional in their work, but they model it, as well. We feel fortunate to have such amazing role models impacting our daughter.

We currently have three children registered at Prestige Dance Academy. The classes we attend range from Tap, Jazz and Ballet to Hip Hop and even a Mommy and Me class. These are only a few of the exciting programs offered at the studio. Not surprisingly, the studio space and enrolment is quickly expanding, however, we all feel like part of a family at Prestige Dance Academy and it is always fun to meet new parents.

The outstanding dance techniques are only a small part of what our daughter has taken away from her time at the studio. We have been very fortunate to be a part of this environment and look forward to many years to come. If you are looking for a fun, stimulating and rewarding dance experience for your child, you don’t need to look any farther.

The Hassen Family
Calgary, AB

We are so grateful to have been involved with Prestige Dance Academy over the past 6 years. Our daughter has now gone away to University, but she will take a part of her experiences at Prestige with her wherever she goes for the rest of her life. From the first day, Amanda took extraordinary time and effort to provide a dance experience that suited our daughter’s dance desires and skill level.

Amanda respected her other commitments, treating her as an important part of the Prestige community even though she did not participate in the intensive program.

Amanda has created a caring, respectful and safe environment and my daughter never left her studio without a huge smile. She found genuine fulfillment at Prestige

Whether dancing, student teaching or doing homework between classes, our daughter loved the support and encouragement she received from Prestige staff and fellow students.

Our daughter has grown from a self-conscious teenager to a poised, confident young woman and Prestige Dance Academy has played a large role in that transition.

Sincere thanks to Amanda and all of the Prestige staff.

Shelley and Jim Keough
Calgary, AB

My name is Melaney Laratta and my dancer is Laila. We have been a part of the “Prestige Family”, almost, from the very beginning and I am very pleased to have been asked by Miss Amanda to re-new our testimonial for Prestige Dance Academy. In a previous one, I spoke about the positive progress my very young daughter had made with her introduction to the art, exercise and discipline of dance. At the time, she was excited to try any and all forms of dance and for “Mommy” it was all about giggling while watching my tentative, two year old in her too tight tutu toddling across the stage! Suddenly, here we are, ten years later and my adorable “tiny dancer” has grown into a confident, motivated, strong person who does everything else in her life ~well~ so that she can dance as much as possible. As a parent, this is the ultimate goal: to help your children find their passion and for it to fit in with the rest of their lives to compliment their overall development into fit, productive, respectful and responsible human beings. How does that happen? The answer is very simple and it is that you find a gem like Prestige Dance Academy.

Prestige is a relatively small studio but it shines “bright like a diamond” in my eyes. The source of light is many fold: the philosophy, the ownership and faculty, the opportunities and challenges and, of course, the dancers themselves. My daughter is now thirteen years old. She continues to grow and to learn with the love and support of her family, friends and Prestige Dance Academy.

Melaney Laratta
Calgary, AB

If you are looking for an activity for your child that promotes social development and allows them to make bonding friendships; builds good posture and grace; teaches them to focus and have discipline; promotes self-esteem and helps them learn an art form in a positive and safe environment, then Prestige Dance Academy is for you!

Miss Amanda and her amazing team of dance teachers have always promoted a dance studio where positive attitudes and good sportsmanship are paramount. This philosophy has created a very strong “Prestige Dance Family Environment” that has been a blessing on so many levels!
Moms who kindly help with hair or make-up, Moms who freely offer their hugs, support and words of encouragement. Just thinking of these Moms, fill my heart with such joy and appreciation!

Only two of our four children dance so most times we just drop off our “dance daughters” at the studio doors as we rushed our other children to their activities. Many, many times over the years our daughters have come home from dance on “cloud 9” because another parent had engaged them in conversations that made them feel good about themselves. These parents have no idea how their words of kindness had such a strong impact and came at a time in our daughters’ lives when it made a world of difference!

There are several positive aspects that we could write about but another area that we have found especially unique about Prestige Dance Academy is their STEP program. It is a program where older dancers volunteer to work in the classroom along side the Prestige Dance staff, learning leadership and mentoring qualities. Our oldest daughter Keeley, has been with Prestige practically since its inception, and as she grew she admired the personal support and encouragement she received from her teachers. For this reason, she applied and was accepted into the STEP program. In Keeley’s words, “Being in the STEP program has allowed me to share my skills and talents, has taught me to have a strong sense of self and built my self-esteem, shown me the significance of making and keeping commitments, I learned to be a better listener and communicator, and it has taught me the importance of leading by example by realizing the impact a person in a mentorship role has on those that are looking up to them.” The program taught her that by fostering success in others, you foster that in yourself. The STEP program offered Keeley learning and mentoring opportunities that she was not able to get elsewhere, and is a strong part of the reason why she has chosen to pursue post-secondary education studies to become an elementary school teacher. Her experience in the STEP program reinforced her career direction, and for our family this has been an invaluable opportunity afforded to us by Prestige Dance Academy for which we will be forever grateful!

The Gillespie Family
Calgary, AB

When my daughter was 3 I registered her in her very first dance class at Prestige. It was a recreational combo class with Miss Amanda and that’s when she fell in love with dance. Little did I know then what would transpire over the next 10 years. When she was 6 she was invited to join the intensive program lead by Miss Lisette. Over the years I have watched her grow as a dancer and as a person because of this program. The lessons she has learned about dedication, hard work and most importantly friendship will last a lifetime. I am thankful she has teachers who always have her best interest at heart and set a very high standard for her to follow. The community that we are a part of is and full of parents who would step in and help anytime and I am happy to call my friends. Thank you Prestige for giving us the privilege to be part of something so special and that continues to grow and get better every year.

Sheree and Cydney Jackson
Calgary, AB

It is the entire experience that our family has loved from their wee ones classes when our kids were first starting out, to their extensive recreational and intensive programs. In 14 years Prestige has developed their programs to suit their clients. They are not afraid to change to adapt to the ever changing needs of the students and bottom line… they care about our kids.

Calgary, AB

Seven years ago we went in search of a friendly and warm dance studio that was close to home for our then seven year old daughter. We found ourselves at Prestige Dance Academy and exploring an extracurricular activity that my husband and I knew very little about. We then enrolled our second daughter at the very young age of 3 and I knew very quickly that we had really found a special place. I recall vividly a day when our daughter was attending her preschool dance class and Miss Amanda was dealing with the girls partnering up for an activity and she said “Come on girls, we are all friends in dance class”. At that moment I knew this was a place that fostered a love for yourself, each other and dance.

We have now been a part of the Prestige Dance Academy family for seven years and feel the same way today as we did seven years ago. Both our daughters are involved in the Prestige Intensive Dance Program and we feel very fortunate to have this program in our lives. The Prestige Dance Academy Intensive Program has enriched our lives in more ways than we can count. The dance education is first and foremost extremely enriching through the leadership of the very talented Miss Lisette and their passionate team of talented teachers. Their continuous push for strong technical training is so rewarding for our girls and us the parents as we watch them grow as dancers. The life lessons on commitment, hard work, and sacrifice have been so incredibly valuable to our daughters.

Our girls have had many great opportunities while being a part of the Intensive program. Our eldest daughter has loved her time as part of the STEP team and this commitment brings her much joy and fulfillment. Additionally we are thankful for the opportunity they have each had to leverage their strengths to pursue their dance passions. However the most rewarding part has been the connection made by both of our girls to wonderful children within the program. The friendships gained have been an absolute highlight in our lives. The community of both parents and children is one of absolute support and kindness. We are thankful for the great community that is fostered by Miss Amanda and Miss Lisette and that is lived by the families of the Prestige Intensive Program.

Stacie Stephenson & Family

We joined Prestige 4 years ago, when two of our children expressed an interest in dance. Four years later we are still at Prestige and now our third child is dancing too. We initially chose Prestige based on its close proximity to our house, but we have stayed for so much more than convenience. We enjoy the variety of classes offered and good scheduling of class times. We appreciate the on-going communication from Miss Amanda throughout the year regarding breaks in the schedule, costume ordering, recital information, exams and special offer classes. Our children have met and learned from almost all of Prestige’s Dance Instructors either through summer dance camps or weekly classes. The Dance Instructors all have positive attitudes, well planned classes and foster a love of dance in their students. We see growth and development in our children which we believe is due to well trained instructors who follow syllabus related to each discipline, allowing for development and progress from all students. We enjoy the recital in June where it is evident just how much time and effort both the instructors and students have put forth throughout the year. We have been very happy at Prestige and look forward to dance classes each week!

Michelle & Family
Calgary, AB