Level 1  - Minimum age 9 years, RAD Grade 4 ballet level and a minimum of 8 hours of dance a week. 


Level 2  - Minimum age 12 years, RAD ballet Intermediate Foundation and a minimum of 10 hours of dance a week. 


Level 3 -  Minimum age 14 years,  RAD Advanced 1 level and a minimum of 14 hours a week. 

TCDC | THE INTENSIVE | August 17-21, 2020 
The Summer Intensive you don't want to miss...

Intensive information


The Intensive is the summer event you don’t want to miss! Five days, six hours a day, running August 17-21, 2020 

There are 4 Classes a day that include classes in contemporary ballet, jazz, contemporary jazz, Broadway jazz, improv,

elite performance coaching, dance physio work, Pilates for dancers and a photography session! 

9:30 am to 4:00 pm daily


We have billeting options, hotel recommendations, airport pick up all available for out of town students! (Please inquire)


Limited spots are available in each of the three levels for ages 9+ meeting recommendations.

Intensive Tuition


Full Tuition - $599.00 + gst

Register before April 1  *SAVE $50.00* - Tuition $549.00 + gst 

$150.00  non refundable (but transferable) deposit is due at the time of registration.   Payment must be received in full by June 1 for the early registration rate.

Registration opens on March 15, 2020 at 9:00 am. Class size is limited. 

Forms of payment

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

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


Kristen Gorski

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Growing up 20 minutes from NYC, Kristen was immersed in a world of dance and theater. As a child she did numerous national television commercials that lead to voice and acting lessons that sparked her passion for Broadway. At the age of 8, she was accepted into the School of American Ballet where she trained for 8 years and performed with the NYCB in many productions. She competed at a national level from the age of 10 through High School where she was recognized for her well rounded and versatile abilities. Kristen continued her education at Syracuse University as a Musical Theater major and while still attending school she began her 15 year career on Broadway when she was cast in the original company of FOOTLOOSE as a featured dancer and understudying the role of Wendy-Jo.

It was during this time that she started assisting and working under Ray Leeper on off-broadway shows, music videos and film workshops, as well as, master classes around the country.

Kristen recently completed a 10 year run as an Original Cast Member of WICKED the Musical where she had the opportunity to be Dance Captain, play the role of the Witch's Mother, and was Assistant Choreographer to Wayne Cilento for the 1st National Tour. Kristen has taught master classes in Musical Theater all over the country. Her focus in her teaching is performance, intention and energy! She is a Mommy to Kylie...which has been her best job yet!

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Lauren Ritchie

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

For more than 15 years, Lauren Ritchie has been studying, researching, and educating dancers on the physical, emotional and mental intricacies of dance. Lauren has made it her life’s work to support dancers to be their best – mind, body and spirit. Recognizing the lack of mental skills training in dance, Lauren has created programs and exercises dedicated to educating and empowering dancers mental health and fitness to optimize their training. From her MEd in Coaching Studies to a BA in Professional Communications, to multiple Yoga certifications and an accredited Art & Science of Coaching Certification, Lauren has a unique blend of education and resources that offer a holistic training approach for dancers.

Lauren has firsthand knowledge of the attributes required to achieve and sustain peak performance. She was a highly competitive and decorated dancer having classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. After completing her A.R.A.D, Lauren knew she “wanted to dance” but had little guidance and awareness of the true process of transitioning into a professional dance career. This is why Lauren has created and hosts The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspire and educate dancers, teachers, and parents through candid conversations with industry professionals. 

Lauren is an established facilitator and speaker, delivering workshops to prestigious schools and training programs like the Alberta Ballet School and Harbour Dance Centre. She is the co-founder of the Dance Teacher reTREAT AND has also facilitated and contributed to the DTRC’s on the Move workshops speaking to aspiring dancers in Calgary.  Her career achievements had also been recognized as she was a recipient of the Edmontonian’s Top 20 under 30.

Lauren’s engaging and encouraging teaching style has inspired dance teachers and students across the country to use dance as a practice of high-performance living and an exploration of their unique self. 


Reid Cuming

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Reid Cuming believes in living life with creativity, passion, and humour. He grew up studying jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from the Goh Ballet Academy, the young Canadian moved to The Netherlands to immerse himself in the modern dance scene.


He went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam after completing a four year program. He then joined the 73-year-old prestigious dance company Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and spent 8 years touring numerous cities across Europe, Israel, and the United States. During his career, he’s worked and created with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Ed Wuube, Marco Goecke, Felix Landerer, Itamar Serussi, Gentian Doda, Joeri Dubbe, and Marcos Morau. These years of being inspired by different artistic visions have fueled Reid's drive to encourage young talent by sharing his experience as a working professional dancer. He aims to provide guidance to today's up and coming dancers, with the hope of developing trust in their ability to express themselves as individuals.


Erika Mayall

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Erika Mayall




Erika is a physiotherapist with a special interest in dance medicine and science. She graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2007.  Previously she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario in 2005. Since graduation, she has gone on to complete extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy (FCAMPT), acupuncture (CAFCI), and the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) approach and continues to develop her skill set with regular ongoing education.


As a former elite dancer, Erika’s passion lies in treating dancers and other performing artists. She has a keen interest in not only treating injuries, but also in injury prevention and maximizing performance potential in dancers.  Erika has completed specialized training in the field of dance medicine in Australia, Canada and the United States, and has studied with leaders in the field such as Craig Phillips and Lisa Howell.  Erika is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and a board member of Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC).  She is a frequent invited guest speaker on the topic of dance medicine and science locally, nationally and internationally and teaches workshops on the same topics throughout BC and Canada.


Scott Augustine

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Scott was a dancer for 7 seasons for the Vancouver based contemporary company Wen Wei Dance as well for Company 605, Move and Radical System Arts which led him to perform in many Canadian, American and European Dance Festivals.

He has taught all across Canada as well as in Korea and has worked with such names in the dance world as Stacey Tookey, Adam Shankman, Paul Becker, R.J. Durell, Simone Orlando and Kathleen Marshall.

Scott has trained in many genres of dance and has performed them all professionally which include roles in Nutcracker, Award Shows, Vancouver NBA Dance team, Theme Parks, Cruise Ships, Music Videos and in films/tv shows such as Reefer Madness, Dudley Do Right, Once Upon A Mattress, Totally Awesome, Spectacular, Psyche, Hellcats, The Flash, Once Upon A Time and A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has several choreography credits for tv, film and theatre which include the musicals Once, Oliver!.

Scott has played many roles which include Riff in West Side Story for the Vancouver Opera and Rainbow Stage, Fogarty in Chicago, Mike in A Chorus Line as well as Tulsa in Gypsy, Neleus in Mary Poppins and Scott in the Producers for the Arts Club Theatre Company. Currently he is dancing for the company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. 

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Steven Blandino 

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Steven Blandino has a BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace University, with a focus in Choreography. Steven is currently on Faculty at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Pace University, and many more institutions in New York. His choreography credits include 2020 Capezio ACE Awards Finalist, Bridesmaids: A Dance Narrative (Writer, Director, Choreographer) Ludo's Broken Bride at the New York Musical Festival (The Duke on 42nd St), Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David Bowie (Canada, National Tour 2017), Burlesque to Broadway (Canada), The Steps Beyond Foundation Performance Lab, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP - Peridance), 2015, Young Choreographer's Festival 2015/14, Choreographer's Canvas 2015, Jared Grimes' Run the Night, Hero Awards: honoring Jerry Mitchell, the Alvin Ailey Dance Soirée, to name a few. 

Dancer/Performer: West Side Story (Houston Grand Opera. Weston Playhouse, Teatro Lirico in Italy), Sleeping Beauty Dreams (The Beacon Theatre/The Artsch Center), Newsies, Mamma Mia!, Shrek (Tuacahn Center of the Arts), Johnson & Johnson, Carnegie Hall, and many more.

Steven has been featured in The New York Times, Front Row Center, TheaterMania, and was recently featured in an issue of Dance Magazine as an Emerging Young Choreographer. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his choreographic works. Steven is currently on Faculty at various institutions across New York City.

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Chanel Lacasse

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Chanel is an unforgettable force in this industry. Her personality is vivacious & her laugh, contagious. Her resume includes credits including Sephora, Netflix, GSG Productions, PRP Productions, Canada’s 150th Celebration, Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Event, Diner En Blanc, St. Paul’s Hospital, Variety Children’s Charity and Marianas Trench Music Videos. You can also catch her on the Netflix series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Inbetween on NBC Networks & iZombie. She is so grateful to have worked on ‘Julie & the Phantoms’ as a skeleton crew member as well as an Assistant Choreographer recently on The CW’s hit show, Riverdale. Chanel is one of the main assistants for Groove Street Productions and one of the Assistant Directors and Choreographers for The Source Dance Company. Chanel is also on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre, Vancouver’s top drop-in studio for professional dancers. One of Chanel’s most esteemed accomplishments is the Solo Seal Award, which is the highest recognition you can receive with the Royal Academy of Dance. Chanel is one of only 250 recipients in the world who have been awarded with this prestigious distinction. Chanel is the Co-Director and Creator of KC Dance Workshops, which is a touring dance workshop geared towards inspiring youth across Western Canada. She is a go-getter and is in constant pursuit of what inspires her! She is so looking forward to working with all of you dancers this summer, let's go! "


Alex Blitstein

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Alex Blitstein's credits include: Jennifer Lopez, Glee, American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez, Disney Channel, FOX networks "Mobbed", America's Got Talent and dancing in national commercials and industrials for FIAT, Esteé Lauder, Adidas, Genetech, Flash Mob America, and more. 


Alex has been a faculty member for 24Seven Dance Convention, Jump, Nuvo, Hollywood Connection and Titans of Dance. He is also currently the Executive Director of Marketing for Showbiz National Dance Competition. As an educator and award-winning choreographer, Alex has traveled the world teaching at universities, competitive studios, and with professional companies. Most recently, Alex was in Europe where he was the assistant choreographer for the new production of Robinson Club's entertainment sector. Prior to that he was contracted by Japan’s top talent agency, Johnny’s and Associates, where he was working with Japan’s most well-known boy bands and solo artists. 


 He had the privilege and pleasure of teaching at the American College Dance Festival and has been a guest artist and choreographer at Yale University, UCLA, Western Michigan University, Loyola Marymount University, Jacksonville University, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, University of Colorado Boulder and more. Alex has also instructed classes at the esteemed Broadway Dance Center in NYC, as well as the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. Alex is the owner of The Dance House Napa Valley located in Napa, California. 


Lee Leigh Photography

TCDC Summer Intensive 2020

Lee Leigh is a former dancer, teacher, choreographer and studio owner who has combined her passion for photography with her dance background.


We are beyond thrilled to announce that every dancer who attends The Intensive 2020 will participate in a photo shoot during the week with Leigh and receive a head shot and dance shot from that shoot included in the price of The Intensive! 

Past "The Intensive" Faculty

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 Intensive 2021.

The Intensive 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 INTENSIVE 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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