In 2009 a group of parents came together to discuss the option of opening a competitive dance studio in Red Deer which would meet the performing arts needs of their children and others like them. While several great options for dance existed in the Red Deer area, the parents and dancers were looking for dance instruction which was disciplined and would foster a child's desire to strive for excellence. With the assistance of Judy Dorland who would become the Artistic Director and the families whose vision it was to make this type of dance instruction a reality, Strive Dance Academy Society was born. The Founding Members of Strive volunteered their time, donated resources, and shared skills, provided hours of labor and collective wisdom to build this vision of what is today, Strive Dance Academy. Through hard work, commitment and determination; the dancers, parents and teaching staff focused upon developing a reputation of dancers who would be respected for their talent and sportsmanship both provincially and nationally. Today we continue to work towards being a respected Academy of Dance in Central Alberta striving to provide excellence in performing arts.