It is with great pleasure that my hubby and I write this commending Diverse for the superb, top quality all-round training that our daughter Charlie received from their school. As a result of this, she is now pursuing her training further in the UK. Let us first say that choosing a school in Dubai to upkeep her love of dance/performing arts was very easy since we were guided to try the BEST and instantly without any doubt, we knew this was a fact! We needed to make sure that our daughter would be getting the best possible all-round training as she had received in Canada. It’s now almost 7 years later and we have never looked back. Lisa, Scott and their fantastic, well qualified staff have their student’s best interest always at heart. Kids are made to realize their full potential whether they choose to do this for recreational or career purposes. The atmosphere is one where even as a parent you feel like family. We cannot even put into words the love and gratitude we feel for this establishment that in so many wonderful ways have moulded our Charlie into the amazing dancer/performer she is today. It is with sincere gratitude that we highly recommend Diverse. We assure you no regrets! A platform for kids to learn, act, sing and dance to their heart’s content but most importantly in an environment where love take precedent with a faculty that has every single child’s best interest at heart. We love all our DIVERSE family, a family we have gained for a lifetime. Heartfelt thanks to this amazing team!
“Diverse is an outstanding Performing Arts school. They take the training and safety of your children seriously, whilst striving to maintain the highest possible levels of training. The staff are both nurturing and focused on all of their students, with their sole motivation being to ensure they bring the very best out of all of their students. The school is a family run business headed by Scott and Lisa Marshall, who are extremely talented and experienced performers in their own right. They hire only the very best teachers and trainers, often importing talented personnel from overseas. My son, Devon, is currently working as a professional in the industry after having trained for several years at Diverse and was subsequently accepted into top Universities – The Boston Conservatory (Berkeley University) USA and Laine Theatre Arts in London. He has gone on to perform in Mamma Mia, Aladdin and several other musicals, TV productions and more since graduating as a professional. His success is largely due to the outstanding training and support he received at Diverse. We loved being a part of this dynamic company and have many fun memories of Devon’s time there. We will always feel like a part of the Diverse Family. I highly recommend this school.
When our son joined the Diverse family 8 years ago, we never looked back. Our son was a changed person. The owners, Scott and Lisa Marshall and all of the amazing teachers, admin staff and students, create a welcoming atmosphere that allows the students to thrive. Not only did they give Callum so much confidence and passion to learn a variety of dance styles and musical theatre, they also prepared him for auditions in all of the top theatre schools around the world. Callum went to Laine Theatre Arts, where he is enjoying his best life. None of this would have been possible without the amazing training that he received during his years at Diverse Performing Arts School. We will always be part of the Diverse family, forever
Diverse is not just a performing arts school: it’s a second home for those who are serious about dance, theatre and singing in Dubai. My children were part of Diverse from the very beginning over 10 years ago! We have seen the organisation grow from a few dance classes in a school basement to a fully comprehensive performing arts program with musical theatre at all levels and a large variety of dance classes, singing lessons, acrobatics and much more – all housed in cool and upbeat studios in the heart of Dubai.
The level of training that my children received rival that of any performing arts school in the world. Unlike many other places globally, Diverse students are given incredible performing opportunities with celebrities and West End professionals. Add to that the many workshops given by other professionals from around the world and you have a unique program that cannot be matched in Dubai.
After graduating from Diverse, two of my children gained entry in to two of the absolute top performing arts schools in London: Mountview Academy and Arts Educational School. –
We started out with Diverse 12 years ago with our eldest daughter. Watching her perform encouraged our son to join at the tender age of 6 years. Finally, our youngest joined a few years back. Diverse is not only a dance school but a family that the kids become a part of, not to mention us parents! Scott, Lisa and all of the wonderful teachers have done so much more than just teaching our children technical dance moves and giving them amazing opportunities like dancing with idols, performing at Dubai Opera and engaging in international competitions. Even more importantly they have become friends, mentors and role models to our children for which we will always be grateful. As an expat, there aren’t always uncles and aunts to help navigate through the life’s winding path hence we have felt incredibly lucky to be surrounded by some wonderful adults, such as the loving teachers at Diverse, who have been invested in our children’s health and welfare.
Professionalism, Respect and Fun
Our son and daughter attended Diverse from 2009 to 2015. Our son is now performing in Musical Theatre professionally in the west end of London, having been a scholarship student at Laine Theatre Arts in the UK. Our daughter is completing her Foundation year at Laine Theatre Arts in the UK.
Without doubt, their progression and success in the Musical Theatre industry is due in no small part to the amazing years they had at Diverse under the training of Scott, Lisa and their fantastic team. Across all genres of dance and Musical Theatre they learned so much and had the time of their lives at Diverse.
The life skills they gained there include confidence in performing on stage, self-discipline, hard work and building friendships that have lasted to this day with the Diverse alumni “family” around the world, together with Scott and Lisa’s continuing support and encouragement of their students in their careers after they leave Diverse.
Most importantly Scott, Lisa and the Diverse team lead by example in teaching and showing respect for each other and their students, being professional in what is a highly competitive industry, and above all having fun and enjoying each moment at Diverse and in life.
We cannot speak highly enough of the experience our children had at Diverse, and we would recommend it to anyone no matter your level of skill and experience.
Both of my daughters love Diverse and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for performing arts. The Diverse team are super talented, supportive and offer a great selection of classes. The yearly show at Dubai Opera is fabulous which all the students love to be part of. The senior students are great role models for the younger ones and we are very fortunate to have Diverse in Dubai.
How would I describe Diverse performing arts school………its where hard work, dedication, commitment and passion are brought together to make magic happen and dreams come true!
The unbelievably talented team at Diverse are more than teachers to my daughter, they are her coaches, mentors and inspiration!
Knowing she has the very best in the business guiding her and helping her to pursue her dream is priceless!
Complete respect and gratitude!
Diverse provided our daughter with the training, knowledge and attitude required to succeed in her ambition to be a performer and prepared her for auditions to the top performing arts schools in the UK. Diverse provided a rigorous, but nurturing environment for her to learn and enabled her to follow her passion. The staff are professional and at the top of their game, all passionate about what they do. Lisa and Scott have a special way of creating a family amongst their performers and this is one of the many reasons that they are so successful.
My daughter was with a different performing arts school previously but not enjoying it and ready to give up Musical Theatre altogether.
She felt it was too ‘dance’ heavy and wasn’t a confident dancer. However, we’d heard good things about Diverse so she decided take a trial class before with them before giving up. As a parent I can’t begin to tell you what a different experience it has been- from the responsiveness of Cherry and the administration process when I initially contacted Diverse, through to the professionalism of all the staff-it was absolutely the best decision. More importantly though, my daughter now loves her classes, including the dance! She loves that she gets to sing, dance and act and that each discipline is given equal time as well as being delivered by fantastic experienced teachers. Can’t recommend enough!
Wow! Yet another amazing show last weekend! Such talented young people and fabulous teachers ensuring they perform at their best and encouraging them all the way. I still can’t believe how much my daughter has come along in the last four years with Diverse, especially with her dancing skills. And she absolutely loves it too (and her Diverse family) which is much more important. Highly recommend Diverse to anyone looking for a dance, musical theatre or drama class for their son or daughter.
My 3 children go to Diverse almost every day of the week. Dedicated and very professional teachers, demanding yet fun classes, healthy, supportive, non judgemental environment between the kids. If you believe your child has a talent this is the place to be as they cover all aspects of the performing arts. In terms of confidence building you will see the effects very quickly! We have started classes at Diverse a couple of years ago and our only regret is that we haven’t discovered this place sooner, everything else we tried seems like a loss of time in hindsight!
Amazing training and teaching, professional and nurturing staff. Over the last three years we have seen our daughter build her confidence in performing and belief in herself. Something that traditional academic schools miss out and is so often needed – building emotional intelligence! Can’t recommend highly enough! Whether there is an interest in performing arts as a career or just wanting to be part of a supportive, fun environment whilst learning an amazing amount of life skills…. Diverse has it all!
Diverse is without a doubt the best performing arts school in Dubai and in the whole region. Over the many years, since we have joined, Diverse has given us so much joy! They provide not only the highest quality of dance teaching but also they manage to create an amazing close cohesion of all those children, who’s passion is DANCE. The DIVERSE FAMILY is a real phenomena. And we are proud to belong!
“Diverse is the only dance school in Dubai that has provided a legitimate and accredited platform for my daughter to learn different facets of performing arts – from the numerous types of dance classes and exam dance classes offered (ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary, jazz funk, commercial pop, dance fusion, hip hop) to singing, acting and musical theatre.
Aside from the outstanding teaching in all aspects of dance and performance, Diverse has excelled in providing a creative community for its pupils where they are able to thrive. The Diverse end of year shows are a testament to the school’s professionalism, sheer dedication to their students and ability to nurture and develop talent.”
My daughter Honor has danced with Diverse for the last 5 years at school and at the Studio, she absolutely loves it. The teachers are amazing and the attention to detail in performances, costumes and in everything they do blows us away every time.
The progress in Honors confidence and in her acting and dancing has been fantastic to see. Honor regards Diverse teachers and dance friends as part of her family, the whole company has such a kind and family feel. Diverse simply are the best…..we love Diverse!
My daughter has been training with Diverse for less than 3 months but in that short time I have seen how professional you all are and I can see that you genuinely care about helping your students achieve their dreams. These qualities can be hard to come by in the sea of activities available on the market for kids in Dubai.
Congratulations on your leadership, high standards and accomplishments with your students.
My 9 year-old daughter recently joined Diverse and she couldn’t be happier! This is her first official Musical Theatre experience after ballet, gymnastics, singing and dancing. Her love and passion has really shone since she joined Diverse and she comes out of her 3 hour class with a massive smile on ready to share what she learned from Emma & Ben her teachers. Thank you for taking her in and giving her this chance – I’m beyond grateful and can’t wait to witness everyone’s hard work and dedication at the show! Excellent instructors & staff with communication that is beyond impressive and super organized! Lovely and lively environment.
My daughters have been going to classes at Diverse for 6 years now and I have nothing but praise for them. The hard work and dedication Scott, Lisa and their team provide is second to none and in my opinion, this is definitely the best dance school in Dubai!!! They provide all aspects of dance and Musical Theatre and there is really something for everyone. Their annual show is AMAZING – you could be watching a West End production!!! Diverse also provides some amazing opportunities for students with their workshops held by professionals from around the world. My daughter was lucky to be chosen to perform on stage with Jason Derulo at the age of 10!!! Diverse is a second home for my girls and they absolutely love the Diverse family. I would 100% recommend if you are looking for a dance school in Dubai.
Our Daughter has been part of the Diverse family for the last couple of years. She has been given opportunities to participate in workshops, Competitions and of course Shows which has in turn allowed her confidence in both herself and her dance to grow. She has made many friends and looks forward to her classes each week. She has been nurtured yet pushed by her teachers so that she performs to the best of her abilities.
Diverse will hopefully be part of her life for many years to come.
Diverse has a real family feel and the standard of teaching my son receives is amazing, the professionalism and passion and care is second to none. So lovely to see so many talented boys in the classes too. Definitely to best place in Dubai to be if you want to follow your dream of a career in performing Arts.?
“Diverse is the absolute best! My daughters have tried other dance studios, and there really is no comparison. The teachers are highly skilled, creative, and professional and they are always striving to be the best. Diverse provides you with the sort of atmosphere and environment you would expect from a proper dance studio and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow.”
Diverse Performing Arts School is by far the best performing arts training center in Dubai. It has provided my son a lifetime of enrichment, creativity and growth, through its classes and teachers. My son has had the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines. Diverse Performing Art School has been amazing at helping my son pursue his dream of attending a top USA Drama University. The effort and dedication the teachers have put into preparing Alex for his future is beyond any expectation. The team truly works to get the best from each and every student. Thank you!
My daughter (10) loves it! This is her third year and she’s been steadily improving in dance, singing, drama, and confidence. We are very lucky to have Diverse at our doorstep and highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for performing arts and especially those who want to take it to the next level.
‘Diverse has opened up a whole new world of dance and theatre for my daughter. Professional, hard-working and talented teachers are an inspiration and she loves every minute of every class.’
I just wanted to say congratulations to Scott, Lisa and all the amazing teachers for putting on incredible shows over the weekend at Madinat, I went both nights and was blown away!
Both of my daughters attend several classes every week there for the last 4 years and absolutely love the classes & the camaraderie amongst their friends and also the encouragement & support they get from all the teachers. They are both looking forward to another exciting year with you next year.
I have nothing but praise for Diverse. My seven year-old daughter joined last term and in a space of only a few months I have seen such a massive improvement in her skills and confidence – all credit to her fabulous teachers. Their commitment to bringing out the best in each kid while ensuring that the classes are engaging and fun is what sets them, and Diverse as a whole, apart from other dance schools. Another amazing quality about Diverse – it doesn’t feel like a ‘school’ but more like a warm, welcoming, happy family. Its energy and vibe are infectious and this place makes you feel at home right away. Just a top-class place in every way.
“We first experienced Diverse Performing Arts School for summer camp 2019. The week was jam packed with dancing, singing & acting & the girls were totally re-energized & inspired from the first day. Since joining musical theatre in 2020 Isla is in her element, making new friends & her confidence flourishing. They are also extremely organised & Cherry always responds to any enquiry or email. They were the only school to come back to me which I think says a lot & you can see the passion in all the team & hear it amongst the students…..such a buzzing, vibrant place where my daughter feels secure too & we love The Green Room smoothies too!”
Diverse! What an awesome place. Great for children to explore all aspects of dance and musical theatre.
All the teachers are fantastic and the whole studio has a great vibe. I can highly recommend The Diverse family as a great place for kids to grow.
“Our daughter joined the Diverse family in 2019. She has progressed & developed drastically ever since. This wouldn’t have been possible without the nurturing training carried out by the Diverse Faculty. They’ve guided and trained her within her capacity to achieve her goals from day 1. The staff members are very helpful, kind and dedicated at what they do. We couldn’t have chosen a better extra curricular activity for our daughter and we are very happy that she is a part of the Diverse Family!
Diverse has provided our daughter with excellent classical ballet training and contemporary ballet that is very important in the competitive world of dance today. The technical expertise and correction she receives in class is extremely important to improve ballet technique and artistic quality for audition and performance. Diverse has also given our daughter a great deal of performance confidence with the opportunity to perform at a semi-professional level at various events. Thank you to all the teachers who dedicate 100% to students and enable them to reach their full potential. Diverse always encourages students fully and makes sure they have wonderful opportunities for the future.
My daughter absolutely loves Diverse. The variety of classes offered can cater to any child’s preferences. Gradually she added more and more classes as she grew. Now having almost academy style education in performing arts and dance with every day training in the studios.
Quality wise, I think it is the best center of its kind in Dubai. Very professional teachers, approach to kids and curriculum. There is no pressure, yet everything is serious. Every child’s talent gets recognized and groomed within their passion and ability level.
Highly recommend it!
Diverse students KILLED IT!
These uber talented kids picked up this complex choreography quicker than most professionals – I was so, so impressed. Diverse are certainly setting the bar high for UAE and dance schools around the world”
(Choreographer and Director of West End Musical Thriller Live and choreographer for musicals such as Fame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as well as choreographer for hit TV shows The X factor, American Idol, The Royal Variety Performance, choreographing for world renowned artists such as Pink, Robbie Williams, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkston to name but a few)
Diverse is an exceptional dance school giving some of the best training to succeed as an industry professional. The students are lovely to work with and always have a great energy. When working back in London, I always know a Diverse student because they have that edge over others and really know how to perform, hence the reason I have worked with so many of their graduates. Can’t wait to return to Diverse and work with the next generation of performers and see Scott & Lisa who always make me feel very welcome.
(Choreography – The Greatest Dancer, Dancing on Ice, X-Factor, The Saturdays and Eugenuis West End Musical)
(Dancer – Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, Sean Paul, Take That, Fleur East, Olly Murs, JLS, Alexandra Burke, Kimberly Wyatt and Adam Garcia)
(Teacher – Laine Theatre Arts, Commercial Dance Teacher)
Diverse Performing Arts is the ultimate training institution in the UAE! I have been blessed to have taught all over the USA and around the world, and Diverse is my favorite training center by far. Scott and Lisa Marshall bring decades of their own professional training and work experience in the ballet, West End and commercial dance worlds to their students, and it shows in the students’ stylistic versatility, strong technical foundation and performance ability. If you are looking for a place to have your child not only trained properly and well, and supported by working professionals in the industry, but also prepared for a rofessional career in the performing arts, then look no further: Diverse is the place to be!
(Dance Teacher – Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway)
(Choreographer – Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby Movie Premiere, The Veronicas, Miss USA)
It was my first time guest teaching at Diverse last year and it was my absolute pleasure.
The work ethic, commitment and manners the children have been taught are a true asset to each of them.
The passion they all have for learning and delivering choreography is so refreshing.
I taught a complex combination, and I work at a relatively fast pace, but the guys pushed themselves – therefore in turn pushing me too.
I can’t wait to come back!
(Choreographer – Robbie Williams, Ava Max, Take That, McFly, Hurts and Diversity)
(Dancer – The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, Spice Girls Tour and Rocketman)
“Diverse changed my life. They gave me the confidence and the belief in myself, that I could actually pursue Musical Theatre & Dancing as serious career choice, not only that but I had a place that I belonged and would call a second home. I owe everything to this amazing family, and I am always forever grateful for their ongoing love and support.”
Diverse provides an incredibly supportive environment for young performers to cultivate and nurture their talent. Through their guidance I was granted places at the top performing arts Colleges in both America and the U.K. They are truly the best performing arts school in the Middle East for those serious in pursuing active careers in the Performing Arts.
“Diverse has simply changed my life and paved the way for me to truly achieve success in something that I once thought of as a hobby but is now being realised as a career. I can’t thank Diverse enough for the incredible training they provided or for the ever-growing second family I have been blessed with, Diverse is truly something special and will always be in my stride.”
Scott and Lisa are the real deal. I constantly find myself coming back for workshops and classes to brush up on my technique. That is the power of Scott and Lisa’s teaching – they manage to strike a perfect balance between motivating their students to strive for excellence while giving them the freedom and encouragement to discover and express themselves through movement, dance, singing and acting.
“Diverse has been my family for as long as I can remember. As a young girl I was inspired by Scott and Lisa who not only made me the performer I am today but also the person I am proud to be”
Diverse shaped my entire childhood and paved my life to be what it looks like today. I am eternally grateful not only for the impeccable training we all received, but also for the lifelong family we have gained. The amount of support and love that surrounds this school is honestly amazing and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, 100%.
Diverse Choreography is truly my second home. The bonds and friendships I’ve made at the studios are sure to last a lifetime. Thank you to Lisa, Scott and all the amazing staff at Diverse for pushing me to my fullest potential and believing in me always! I wouldn’t be where I am and at the college of my dreams without you all. Lots of love!
“I’ve just graduated from the Urdang academy with an Honours degree in dance and musical theatre. The only reason I got here is because I had the most WONDERFUL teachers and supportive students around me at diverse.
It was at diverse that I realised this wasn’t a hobby and it was something that I wanted to do everyday for as long as I could! I’ve also made some friendships for life, and have continued support of the teachers that got me all this way, including their amazing input in my final year dissertation.
Diverse is one of a kind, and so are it’s creators Scott and Lisa Marshall. I will be forever grateful for it, from day 1 auditioning in the locker rooms of Wellington school, to each time I meet up with other wonderful ex-students in London and hear about the amazing things they’re doing and watching their shows x SNAPS FOR DIVERSE! “
“From day 1 walking into Diverse, it was as if I was being welcomed into the most incredible family, a family that still stands to this day. I am infinitely grateful to have been trained by the teachers at Diverse whose training and experience provided me with the knowledge that anyone who didn’t go to this wonderful school could only dream of. Diverse constantly challenged me and pushed me, while constantly supporting me and giving me the opportunities that allowed me to now do what I love every day”
“I have so much to thank Scott and Lisa for; without them, I could never have cultivated my love for the performing arts in such a supportive and loving environment that was Diverse. During my time there, I was able to act out the likes of Maria in West Side Story, Mary Poppins and Christine in Phantom of the Opera, ticking off some of my most dreamed about roles. In addition, I met the most incredible students (as well as teachers!) and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for each individual and the amazing school that is Diverse Perfroming Arts School. Thank you!”
“I joined Diverse when I moved to Dubai in 2011 and I truly don’t believe I would be training professionally if it wasn’t for Scott, Lisa and their team’s amazing training! The Diverse family is always there to support you and give advice even once you have graduated.”
“How does a boy go from wearing rugby boots and a Black Belt to Ballet tights and tap shoes? To be honest I still don’t know, but it happened to me, and I can thank Diverse and the amazing team for helping me make this change… and it’s fair to say that I’ve never looked back. Because of them I am now heading to Laine Theatre Arts to pursue what I love and I couldn’t be more thankful for the incredible family I have made along the way.”
“Diverse has been my second home for the last five years. Not only because of the hours spent training but also the relationships established and the support that I have received from all of the staff. They have provided a rigorous program of study that prepared me for all of my auditions. There have been tears, torn muscles and tantrums over the years but lots of laughter and completely worth every minute. I am now going to study at my dream school for the next 3 years and fully believe this would not have been possible without Diverse”
“Diverse gave me a strong and professional start in my performing career. The skills and attitude I learnt at Diverse helped me hugely in attending a full time drama school in London to then working in the industry. I am so grateful for the dedicated and hard-working teachers and mentors at Diverse, I wouldn’t be where I am now without them”
“Diverse has been my second family since I was 7 years old and has made me into the person I am today. The support and encouragement has been amazing over the years from Scott, Lisa and all the wonderful teachers. This year I have been lucky to have been offered places at Guildford School of Acting & Drama and Laine Theatre Arts, enabling me to pursue my career in Musical Theatre. This has all been down to the exceptional training Diverse has to offer”
“After leaving Dubai I went to study at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where I fell in love with festivals, live events and producing. During my time there I worked with Paradise Green at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have since been elected onto the board of directors where I work with 7 other directors to put the festival on at our venues each year. Alongside that, I work full time within the catering and events industry, acting as both event planner and manager for events across London, UK and Europe. I still pursue dance and performance in all my free time and Diverse is the inspiration for my love of live events through the jobs I was lucky enough to have as a semi-professional dancer at pop up events and exhibitions in Dubai. It has massively improved my confidence, physique and the amazing pool of friends that have also moved to London. I am so honoured to be a part of such a “Diverse” family and hope to be back soon to visit! “
“My experience at Diverse helped me to gain confidence on stage and in myself that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. The skills I learnt there have really helped me to become a more well-rounded performer, and on top of that I made some the greatest friends!”
“Diverse provided me with so much. Not just technique and strength but knowledge, attack and confidence. The professional opportunities and first-rate training have truly shaped me to be the performer and person I am today. I’m really grateful to Scott, Lisa and the rest of the team for all of their support throughout my time with Diverse. Thank you!”
“I am so proud and lucky to be a part of the Diverse family and cannot thank everyone enough for all their support. The studios were my second home and they helped me bloom a hobby into a career. Thanks to their amazing training and supportive faculty I am professionally training at my dream musical theatre college “
A massive thank you to Diverse for training me and basically raising me for a huge portion of my life. I will never forget and will always be thankful for you guys pushing me to me fullest to get me to where I am today at Arts Educational School, London. Thank you and Love you!
I’ve been at diverse for nearly 6 years now it is an amazing performing arts school I would definitely recommend it. All the teachers are amazing and I would give this performing arts school 10/10
The loveliest place. Incredible high-performance training with such a supportive family vibe. Fully recommended