About us

Parents are looking for quality activities that they can feel good about investing in.  Kids want safe spaces to feel seen and valued for who they are becoming.

Ambition Performing Arts Inc. offers Dance, Music, and Drama classes for ages 0 – 18. With a variety of classes including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Acro, Piano, Singing, Guitar ( bass, electric, acoustic and ukulele) and Drama Classes, we have the right level of participation for everyone from beginners to pre-professionals.

Our History

Ambition Performing Arts is owned by Tara Pickford. It was founded in 2002 and has served more than 8000 families in our rich history. Children and their development is what we do.  Parents are looking for quality programs with protected investments. We are here providing safe spaces for happy healthy kids to grow with great mentors to provide a guided path to get there. We are creating tomorrow’s leaders​,​ today.


Our Ambition

We are creating tomorrow’s leaders through the arts.  

We do this through innovative classrooms, developing friendships and skills for a lifetime. We believe that an arts education is an experience like no other.


A portion of EVERY registration in our school goes to a scholarship fund to help youth in our community gain access to the arts. As of January 2022, Ambition Performing Arts had donated back over $200,000 back into our Airdrie community youth. Now that is worth celebrating!



Meet the team

Diana Fiddler, Client Experience Manager

Darci Miller
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Monte Coulter
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Music

Andie Frederick, Assistant Director of Operations

Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Sarah Ritchie, Member Enrollment Co-ordinator
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Ana Morales, Member Enrollment Co-ordinator
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Tara Pickford, Owner and Founder

Holly Dillon, Member Enrollment Co-ordinator

Adrianne Jorgensen, Director of Operations
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Alexa Lefbrve, Academy Co-ordinator
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Angela Murdoch
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance

Paige Johnson, Music and Drama Co-ordinator
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Music, Drama

Rachel Viner
Student Experience T.E.A.M. Teacher | Educator | Advisor | Mentor – Dance


We teach life skills

At Ambition, your child won’t just learn about Dance, Music, and Theatre; they will also develop creativity, self-confidence, determination, and teamwork skills!

Performing Arts provides Children with the opportunity to engage the mind, body, and emotions into collaborative expressions. This helps children find their voice, grow in confidence, develop empathy and an ability to self-reflect, and strengthen communication skills.

Whether your child wants to dance, sing, play an instrument, or act, we can promise that by choosing Performing Arts, they will gain SO much more!

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Bloom where you’re planted


What our dance family says about us

Ambition Performing Arts is a wonderful dance studio and has become family to my dancer.  Through the years it’s amazing to watch her grow and see how much they have contributed to that growth.  They care tremendously about their dancers and have strong communication with the families giving everyone their own place.  Above and beyond!


Jennifer Reber

APA has been an amazing studio to go to, they care about all there students.  My daughter does multiple dance classes due to the teachers and atmosphere.  The owner and team all have hearts of gold.


Tricia Plourde

We have only been with the studio since October 2020 but are blown away by the staff.  Everyone we have encountered has been so kind, excited for our daughter to join and overall so enjoyable to interact with.  They respond quickly to emails or calls.  I know with COVID they are doing the best they can, making hard decisions but keeping everyone’s safety at the highest priority.  Thank you Tara for your studio, Miss Alexa for teaching and the absolutely lovely lady that runs reception (so sorry I cannot remember your name).  Highly recommended!


Rebecca Vanderbrink

My daughter is starting her 7th year with the dance studio and she loves it.  She is treated with kindness and respect always.  They are taking extra precautions with the pandemic to make the kids feel safe.  It is a great local studio that gives back to the community.  They have made my daughter feel like a part of the dance family and it has been a great experience.


Sharon Fernandes

A true dance family experience!  They go above and beyond to build wonderful dancers and wonderful kids!


Tasha Bischke

Great class selection and the staff is so friendly.


Renae Krevenchuk

Ambition Performing Arts has been our 2nd home for the past 12 years.  They have taught my kids more then just dancing, they have taught them self discipline and responsibility.  They have supported our family through alot, my kids would spend all their free time here if it was possible.


Melissa Lechelt

We love APA for the warm and welcoming environment it provides our family!  The staff are amazing and most are fellow parents like us, so they understand the NEED of a honest and dedicated trustworthy studio!  Through this pandemic they have showed us so much strength and determination to keep being the best at what they do.  Not only did they provide a safe place for our kids to go once restrictions loosened, they kept that space open when we were on lockdown too- from our own homes.  They created the biggest “disdance” platform that allowed all our kids the ability to continue dancing!


Jessica Weeks

Our daughter has been attending APA going on her 4th year.  From the beginning everyone staff/owner have been so friendly and inviting.  Our daughter feels very safe and comfortable at dance.  We have watched her go from a very shy little girl to a very open and confident little girl.  We cannot say enough about how wonderful it is there.  Would recommend for anyone any age considering trying dance.


Kimberly Walchuk

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