MacKenzie Horn | Research Assistant in Clinical Neurosciences

When my parents took me to dance class at DSI for the first time at three years old, little did any of us know that the foundation and life skills I was going to learn would still be impacting me in my twenties and will continue to for the rest of my life. Each day I walked through the doors of DSI for the next 15 years as a dancer, I was inspired by the incredible role models I had as teachers. It was also a place where I developed lifelong friendships. Several of my greatest childhood memories were at DSI. Whether it was blue studio and back photo shoots, double header competition weekends or doing across the floor to the Katy Perry remix, DSI taught me what it meant to be a part of a team. Not just any team, but one that was rooted in support for each other and a fierce love of dance.  

My passion for dance and movement compelled me to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics degree at St. Francis Xavier University, which I completed this past April. I continue to be fascinated by the human body and mind, which has led me to my most recent work as a research assistant in clinical neurosciences in Calgary. In the future, I hope to go to medical school to become a pediatrician. DSI taught me that whatever I chose to do in life had to be filled with passion and dedication, which I believe impacts each and every moment of my life. I will always be grateful for DSI, my home away from home.