The Conservatory of Dance was founded in 1990. Christine Titus, Owner and Artistic Director since 2007, has a mission to share her lifelong love of dance with students from pre-school to adult. The Conservatory’s curriculum is designed to educate and inspire students while nurturing respect and appreciation for the performing arts. The Conservatory offers a diverse schedule of dance classes, acting/drama lessons and vocal performance classes.
We are proud of our diverse curriculum, which ranges from classical ballet training to the latest trends in hip hop and exercise dance. At the Conservatory, respect for tradition is balanced with an ongoing interest in what is new and exciting in the dance world today.
Join the Conservatory community and you will find yourself in an environment where creativity and self-expression are encouraged alongside rigorous education in the disciplines of dance.
| Artistic Director | Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Adult Fitness
Ms.Titus began dancing at the age of three and continued her studies through college where she graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo (majoring in Dance and Psychology). Credits include numerous national and international theatrical productions, regional theaters, dinner theaters, cruise ships and membership in the Foot & Fiddle Tap Dance Company in New York. Ms. Titus is a member of the prestigious Dance Masters of America (“certified by test to teach”), Connecticut Dance Alliance, and the International Tap Association. She is also a judge for national dance competitions and has an extensive fitness background, including being a continuing education provider for several certifying organizations. Ms. Titus is thrilled to share her lifelong love of dance with Conservatory students and is immersed in developing an exciting new era of dance at the Conservatory!
| Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Rachel Blackwelder began training with The Northwest Florida Ballet, joined the Company in 1998, and eventually taught for the school from 2000 until 2003. She earned a BA from the University of Central Florida's Conservatory Theatre with a focus in Dance. She has also competed as a finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance Competition. Prior to moving to New York to study and teach, Rachel performed with S.W.E.R.V.E. Dance.
Rachel's performance career ranges from Classical Ballet to Shakespeare, from Fosse to Avant Garde. Favorite Ballet productions include Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Fernando Bujone's Jazz Swing, and her favorite variation from Raymonda. As a performer she feels most in her element in heartfelt contemporary pieces that examine aspects of the human condition. As an instructor, Rachel strives to emphasize the importance of technique within the classroom, balanced with expression in rehearsal and performance. Her favorite role by far has become that of Instructor and Choreographer, in which she hopes to develop intricate and beautiful stories for the enjoyment of dancers and audiences alike.
Debra Wiseman Tobias enjoyed a varied career before arriving in Fairfield County. She majored in Musical Theater at Syracuse University and went onto perform professionally on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, and in regional theaters all over the world. She also did films, T.V shows, and numerous commercials/voiceovers. Some of her favorite theater productions include Side Show, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, and Fiddler on the Roof. Her favorite cinema experience was being part of the Oscar winning Bullets Over Broadway directed by Woody Allen. Her favorite TV experience plays every Christmas season, Mrs. Santa Claus(music by Jerry Herman, starring Angela Lansbury). Debra is thrilled to be teaching our future show stoppers while raising her family in this beautiful county.
| Pre-Ballet / Tap Combo | Office Manager
Ms. Troost has a degree in accounting and is certified in early childhood education.
She has worked as a preschool teacher in both Ridgefield and Wilton. She is certified in children’s yoga for age’s three to seven through Growing Lotus Kids. She resides in Wilton with her husband, two sons and daughter. Ms. Troost is excited to share her love of music and movement with the students at the Conservatory!
| Hip Hop
Fujiko started her dance career by passing the audition for the Broadway Musical “Annie” (all Japanese cast) at the age of 13. In 2002 she arrived in New York and attended Peridance Center and Broadway Dance Center studying all types of dance. She has performed in showcases with choreographer Rhapsody James, Brian “Footwork” Green, Ramon Baynes, Jermein Brown and Sheryl Murakami. She has also had the privilege of working with Dee Robert (oh music), KTUs Beatstock, BIG ALI, and Talib Kweli. She was a Cheer Dancer for the NJ Gladiators and worked for the Tommy Hilfiger Perfume “Athletics” Promotion. Since 2005 Fujiko has been working as a casting director and dancer of COPA Hip Hop Dancers at the COPACABANA in Manhattan.
Dan L. Sas
Dan L. Sas is the founder, owner, ballet master, director, and choreographer of SAS School of Dance, and teaches all levels of ballet in the Russian Vaganova method. Dan was born in Dej, Romania, to parents who were both folklore dancers, his mom a gymnast and his dad a musician. Dan left his home at 9 years old to enroll in the School of Choreography in Cluj, Romania. After 9 years of dedication and hard work, studying ballet and academics, Dan graduated in 1978. He served 18 months in the military and then pursued his career as a ballet dancer. Dan was then hired at the Romanian Opera House in Cluj, Romania, and only after 6 months, he was advanced to soloist and then principal dancer. For the next 15 years, Dan performed as a principal dancer in many countries across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. While he performed at the Opera House in Cluj, Dan also taught ballet at the School of Choreography, choreographing and directing performances for this school. Dan was the first choreographer in Romania to produce Ballet Don Quijote with only students. No professional dancers were used and it was a total success. Today, Dan continues this tradition at his own school in New Fairfield, CT. He has recently produced Winter Fantasy Ballet, based upon The Nutcracker, Satra–A Gypsy Story, an original ballet by Dan Sas, Dr. Coppelius, based upon Ballet Coppelia, Grand Pas Classique from Ballet Paquita, and Ballet Don Quijote with only elementary thru high school-aged students. Dan's upcoming projects include Peter and the Wolf, La Bayadere Grand Pas, Le Corsaire Grand Pas, and future large-scale productions of Ballet Phantom of the Opera and Ballet Les Miserables. In addition to teaching at his own school, Dan teaches ballet and choreographs for The Conservatory of Dance in Wilton, CT, he teaches character dance at The Hartt School, Hartford University in Hartford, CT, and he teaches master classes for the Connecticut Ballet Company in Stamford, CT. Dan lives in New Fairfield, CT, with his wife Maria and has three children Julia, Daniel, and Dana with her husband Andrea. Dan is pursuing his lifelong dream of teaching, choreographing, and inspiring his students in the beautiful art of dance.
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