When Diva Dance Competition was founded in 2011, owners Kym Yadisernia and Anne Roberts decided their competition was going to be anything but ordinary. They set out with two goals. One, the competition would serve as a way to raise funds and awareness for the CdLS Foundation. Kym’s son Jack was diagnosed with the obscure genetic disorder 16 years ago and if it hadn’t been for the foundation, she’s not sure what she would have done. Two, they wanted the competition experience to be more of an educational experience. They decided to implement live judging and by doing so, the stage has become like a classroom where the dancers are able to connect personally with the judges, receive their feedback immediately, apply it to their next routines and continue to grow and improve throughout the competition.