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The Conservatory of Movement is honored to be a certified Royal Academy of Dance school

We are a certified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) studio. While ballet is fun, it is also physically demanding and great care should be taken to choose professional, qualified teachers.

  • RAD teachers adhere to a carefully structured syllabus which is both fun and safe.

  • RAD teachers have the training and qualifications necessary to teach dance to young children and students.

  • RAD teachers continue training throughout their careers to update their skills and knowledge.


With over 13,000 members spread across 79 countries, The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organizations in the world.  Their mission is to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally.  


Established in 1920, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the United Kingdom, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students. The RAD is the world’s leading organization in classical ballet teaching and the examination syllabus is designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability.


Currently, The Conservatory of Movement offers classes in:

  • Ballet

  • Creative dance for pre-schoolers

  • Jazz

  • Irish

  • Lyrical




Barbara Land

Barbara Land attended Point Park College, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of British Columbia, and holds a teaching diploma and certificate from the Royal Academy College in London, England. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she served as Director of the University of Nevada, Reno Dance Program from 1995 to 2010. Barbara is internationally known for her writings on dance history, dancers’ wellness and injury prevention. She has choreographed for The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra (Carmina Burana, Romeo and Juliet, and Rodeo); The Nevada Opera (HMS Pinafore, Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, The Merry Widow and Carmen); Reno Chamber Orchestra (Clearly McCleer The Clocks); and University of Nevada, Reno (Amahl and the Night Visitor, Hansel and Gretel, and The Merry Widow). She has taught at Vassar College; New York Wagner College summer program, Staten Island; Banff Center for the Arts, Canada; Pepperdine University summer program; Ballet Metropolitan, Columbus, Ohio; and the Royal Academy of Dancing International Summer School. Barbara is the recipient of the State of Nevada Governor’s Arts Award in Dance and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts. In the summer of 2010, she made her second trip to the Peruvian Amazon to study the rituals of the rainforest.

Proprietor, Ballet

Miriam Allen

Miriam Allen studied Royal Academy of Dance from the age of three in England and progressed through theater and modern dance into the International Dance Teachers Association. She started her international career dancing for Doris Haug and Miss Bluebell in Monte Carlo, the Italian Riviera, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Iran, Sicily, Tunisia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris.  After settling in Reno, she began teaching at The Conservatory of Movement in 1988 and is a registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher and co-director of A.V.A. Ballet Theatre.


Eve Allen Garza

Eve Allen Garza is a dancer, dance educator and choreographer in Reno, NV.  She received her MFA in ballet from the University of Utah and BS in business administration with a dance minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Eve is the founder and director of the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). DDC is a collaborative dance organization that aims to bring together local talent and present accessible performances to our community. Eve performs locally with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, Belle Contemporary Dance Company, and Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance. She has choreographed for Municipal Ballet Co. in Salt Lake City, the Nevada Opera, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and the University of Nevada, Reno. Eve is a Ballet Lecturer the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance and teaches syllabus classes for all levels at The Conservatory of Movement.  Eve is a registered teaching artist for the Nevada Arts Council and the Sierra Arts Foundation and utilizes the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration in her classes at Lincoln Park Elementary School in Sparks, NV


Kelly Rubero

Kelly Rubero began her dance training at the age of four with Salwa Rizkalla at Southland Ballet Academy/Festival Ballet Theater in Huntington Beach, California. At 16 she attended the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive Training Program. Kelly moved to Reno in 1998 and has performed in numerous productions with the University of Nevada, Reno, the Nevada Opera, and Alexander Van Alstyne’s A.V.A. Ballet Theater. She has danced various roles in classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia, Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake.  In 2003 Kelly received her degree in Secondary Education and recently completed her master's degree in Literacy.


Jennifer August

Jennifer August discovered her love of dance, here in Reno, Nevada. After graduating from Reno High School, she moved to Boston to study dance with Joan Palladino at Dean College where she received her Associate’s Degree in Dance. She was then hand selected by Judith Jamison to study at Alvin Ailey Dance Academy in New York City. In 1997, she received her B.F.A in Jazz Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she studied with some of the foremost jazz and modern dancers in the country. Jennifer elected to remain in Philadelphia and became a member of the Paradigm Dance Company and also Next Step Dance Company. In 2003, Jennifer moved back to Reno, to open and direct In Motion Studio of Dance and Black Rock Dance Company.  In 2013, after ten years of owning In Motion, Jennifer decided to step away from directing and owning a dance studio in order to spend more time with her two young daughters.  From 2013-2014 Jennifer was co-owner of the Twilight Dance Convention project, bringing leading dance instructors to teach master classes nationwide. Currently, Jennifer teaches locally, and has been asked to teach internationally. Jennifer is passionate about the art of dance and continues to share her knowledge at select classes in the Reno community.


Kris Swaczyna

Kris is the complete package. From dance, to choreography, to directing, Kris is a versatile and dynamic performer armed with a dance style uniquely created from a diverse world of influences.  Kris has performed and collaborated with numerous artists from around the world.  Some of his favorite credits include Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, and Franco Dragone's Las Vegas Hit Le Rêve.  Originally from Poland, Kris began his dance career at nine years old, studying at the National Ballet School in Warsaw. Excelling in ballet, he then moved on to other genres of musical theatre, and pop music.  Performing professionally for the past decade, Kris has had ample time to hone in on his craft and make a style of his own. With an onstage energy that is unmatched, his star quality will never cease to impress.


Mandy Flocchini

Mandy Flocchini has been dancing since she was seven years old.  She grew up in Reno, Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada in the spring of 2011 with a BS in chemistry.  She performed in and choreographed for numerous dance concerts at the University of Nevada.  Mandy was a member of bellē contemporary dance co. and was privileged to perform with the company at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2012.  She has choreographed for Sierra School of Performing Arts’ summer musicals since 2013 including: Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella and Wizard of Oz.  When she is not dancing, Mandy teaches middle school science.


Caitlin McCarty

Born and raised in Reno, NV, Caitlin McCarty is a writer, dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer who has spent much of her young life dancing, teaching and creating throughout the Reno community. Caitlin began her dance training in classical ballet at The Conservatory of Movement and attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied English Writing and Dance. Upon graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, Caitlin moved to New York City where she worked as an Associate for Brooklyn-based, award winning contemporary dance company, Gallim Dance. While at Gallim, Caitlin acted as the company’s only full time associate and oversaw the company’s education program, collegiate outreach program, touring, development and much more. Caitlin is a freelance writer and contributor to Dance Magazine’s online publication. Since moving home to Reno, Caitlin continues to write for Dance Magazine, writes freelance articles for the Reno News and Review, works as a dance teacher for local studios and now works for Sierra Arts Foundation as an Arts Integration Specialist in their Arts Integration Program. Caitlin has started her own Reno-based contemporary dance company, Collateral&Co., who performed their first evening-length piece at Reno Little Theater in November of 2017.

Adult Modern

Marty Lewis


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