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 August 8 - 11, 2022 

Conservatory information

Be inspired by the incredible faculty of The Conservatory as well as guest artists from the Ballet and Contemporary world, both locally and internationally.

Three levels for those with extensive ballet training. Contemporary or modern training is beneficial but not necessary. 


Price $475.00+gst  ---  4 classes per day -- 10:00 am - 3:45 pm daily

Limited spots are available in each of the three levels for ages 10+ meeting recommendations.

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Juniors -  Age 10-13 (currently training a minimum of 4 hours ballet/contemporary/modern a week)

Intermediates-  Age 12-15 (currently training a minimum 5.5 hours ballet/contemporary/modern a week)

Advanced -  Age 14+ (currently training a minimum of 7 hours ballet/contemporary/modern a week)

Forms of payment

Method of Payment accepted: Cash / Debit (in person)

VISA / MasterCard (on-line or in person) subject to admin fee.


Franco Nieto

Princess Grace Award winner Franco Nieto was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He made the unconventional switch from football to ballet in his teenage years and has now taught and danced in over 10 different countries and performed with the likes of Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John. He spent 10 years as a principal dancer with NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, where he toured the world and worked hand in hand with the leading minds in choreography to create and bring to life countless original works. His early training came from the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics and Columbia Dance, and his formative line of choreography was born from his mentorship with Tracey Durbin. He graduated with his BFA in Jazz from Point Park University. Franco brings his big heart to every class at Open Space.

Franco has been helping us with choreography for our upcoming short film, "1955". You can see more of his work at

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Zack Tang

Originally from Houston, Texas, Zack Tang holds a diploma from The High School for Performing and Visual Arts (07). Upon receiving his BFA from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, Zack won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for choreography. He has worked with choreographers Victor Quijada, Peter Chu, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Larry Kegwin, Mark Morris, and Darrell Grand Moltrie, Andrew Skeels, and has performed works by José Limón, Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Bronislava Nijinska. In 2012, Zack was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch”. Before joining RUBBERBANDance Group, he spent two years with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. During his time in Montreal, Zack has been casted as a guest artist for events and advertisements for Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Street Parade, Aldo, Running Leap Pictures, and Andrew Skeels. This is Zack’s sixth season with RUBBERBANDance Group.

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Thys Armstrong

Thys Armstrong was born and raised in North Vancouver and began dancing at RNB Dance & Theatre Arts at a very young age. There, he trained in a variety of styles with teachers Charmaine Nobes, Haley Walker, and Vicki View, among others. Upon graduating, Thys left Vancouver to study at the University of Ottawa. During his studies he coached and choreographed for the UOttawa Dance Company. Thys was also a performing member of the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative – this community of tap dancers and musicians collaborate with national and international artists to re-introduce tap dance as a musical art form. In 2015 Thys moved back to Vancouver to join Coastal City Ballet, under the direction of Li Yaming and Katie Bois, where he danced Swan Lake (Rothbart), Giselle (Hilarion), Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon/Lysander). There, he also had the opportunity to rehearse and perform works by Ben Stevenson, Irene Schnieder, Joshua Beamish, Wen Wei Wang, Erica Trivett, among others. Professionally, Thys has been featured in the film “Centre Stage: On Pointe,” in the TV series "UnREAL!" and has worked closely on many independent dance projects with choreographer and teacher, Monica Proença. In 2019 Thys moved to Amsterdam to train with the Henny Jurriens Foundation and perform works by Jort Faber with 3120Dance Collective. He has been a company member with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks since 2021 and is excited to continue his journey into the deep world of jazz dance.

Past "The Intensive" Faculty

TCDC / 2020 "The Intensive"

Kristen Gorski, Lauren Ritchie, Reid Cuming, Erika Mayall, Scott Augustine, Steven Blandino, Chanel Lacasse, Alex Blitstein and Lee Leigh Photography

TCDC / 2019 "The Intensive"

Alex Blitstein, Sabrina Phillip, Amanda Cleghorn, Desiree Dunbar, Caitlin Griffin, Alisha Lucchese, Shannon Stewardson

TCDC / 2018 "The Intensive"

Kate Harpootlian, Alex Blitstein, Sabrina Phillip, Scott Augustine, Katrina Bois, Liz Tookey, Zenon Zubyk, Shannon Stewardson

TCDC / 2017 "The Intensive"

Franco Nieto - NWDP, Kate Harpootlian, Gina Pero, Chebar Williams, Amanda Cleghorn, Ashley Sweet, Kirsten Wicklund

TCDC / 2016 "The Intensive"

Franco Nieto - NWDP, Ching Ching Wong - NWDP, Kate Harpootlian, Liz Tookey, Chebar Williams, Suzanne Ouellette and Mark Dennis

No REFUNDS but fees are transferable to the same level. 

A credit will issued for any injury or illness request accompanied by a doctors note (less the $150 non-refundable deposit)

 Credits can only be applied to The Conservatory 2023.

The Conservatory must be taken as scheduled in full. Any partial participation is charged at the full amount. 

*Tri-City Dance Centre reserves the right to cancel or combine a class should enrollment be insufficient.

*During THE CONSERVATORY the faculty reserves the right to change a dancers level if necessary.

*Due to the professional nature of our faculty, unexpected changes to schedules can occur. Faculty is subject to change without notice.

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