Jack Yadisernia, son of Co-Owner, Kym Yadisernia
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.
With these two goals in mind, Kym and Anne travel the East Coast with Kym’s son, Jack, hosting Regional and National competitions hoping to educate and inspire along the way. Jack is an integral part of that plan. He can be dubbed “Mr. Diva”. His smile is infectious. He loves to greet people, make new friends, hand out awards and make sure that all the dancers know they did an “awesome job”. Jack touches hearts at every competition and suddenly the “competition” is no longer that. Instead it is a way for dancers to come together doing something they love for a greater good. This camaraderie creates the warm, supportive, positive and inspiring atmosphere that Diva is so well known for.
One studio owner describes; “From day one we felt like we were a part of the DIVA family and with JACK bringing me to tears telling everyone that they were awesome! You have brought us not a "competition" but a friendly environment to perform at every level!”
One parent explains; “Diva is by far the best competition we go to. Always so positive. Always kindness. Always inspiring. I know my daughter feels the same way and is honored to be a part of such an amazing cause. Thank you for everything!!”
One teacher describes; “Very unique experience!! After each routine performs, you get LIVE IMMEDIATE feedback from the judges and your individual award!! So cool! Great to see students take the feedback and apply in their very next routine. Judges were very qualified and technical…Highly recommend this experience for your dancers.”
Owners Kym and Anne, with Jack alongside, will continue on their mission of providing an educational and inspirational dance competition experience to dancers on the East Coast and eventually, across the country.