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A Richardson Fines Arts Conservatory

About Toby’s School of Dance

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About Us

Welcome to Toby’s School of Dance, home of the Richardson Fine Arts Academy! Toby’s was established in 1959 as one of the first performing dance studios in the Richardson/Plano area. During the past 57 years, thousands of both boys and girls have enjoyed growing up while learning, performing and dancing at this studio, under the direction of Toby McPheeters and her faculty. Many have gone on to become professional dancers on Broadway and other performing companies, such as the Kilgore Rangerettes. Other students have been offered dance scholarships with their college acceptances. In 2016, Toby passed the baton to a new director to continue the legacy and provide professional dance training to the next generation of young and aspiring dancers.

Our Talented Staff

  • SALLY ANDRIOT
    SALLY ANDRIOT Artistic Director / Owner
  • DON ANDRIOT
    DON ANDRIOT Business Manager / Owner
  • TOBY MCPHEETERS
    TOBY MCPHEETERS Founder

4225SALLY ANDRIOT (Artistic Director/Owner) graduated from the world renowned Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Natick, Massachusetts and then began her professional dancing career with the Cincinnati Ballet at age 19 while she was in college. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance Performance from the University of Cincinnati, Sally continued her professional dancing career with the Boston Ballet Company and then the Dallas Ballet Company. She was a founding member of the Collin Dance Consortium and has served as the Ballet Director of International Ballet Theater and the Technical Director of Epiphany Dance Arts Performing Company. Sally has over 30 years of experience teaching dance in the D/FW area including private dance lessons and coaching for ballet competitions. Sally currently teaches ballet with the Dallas Youth Repertory Project and has been a guest teacher at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas.

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DON ANDRIOT (Business Manager/Owner)  is Sally Andriots husband and partner. He used to be a good dancer until his knees gave out from playing too much football. He has hung up the dancing shoes temporarily. When his daughters were young, he had the great pleasure of joining them on stage in Father Daughter pieces performing together and learning the great art of ballet partnering. His heart was forever changed to have had that opportunity shared with each daughter. Don is a Project Manager by day and our Business Manager all other times. He is very excited to be a partner in Toby’s School and is looking forward to continuing the school legacy.

4179TOBY MCPHEETERS (Founder) is the namesake of Toby’s School of Dance which she founded 56 years ago. She is the former owner and director of the studio and she is currently on staff as a teacher and mentor to the faculty and generations of Toby’s students. Toby studied dance with many legends in the Dallas dance world and was a founding board member of the Dallas Dance Council which she served for 20 years in various positions including Vice-President and Treasurer. She was Vice-President of Philanthropy, on the Board of the Richardson Council of the Arts, and was the Co-Director of Children in the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”. In November of 2007 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from the Dallas Dance Council.

4231KAILEY QUINE is a Dallas-native and began her dance training at the Dallas Ballet Center. From a young age, Kailey attended many dance intensives, including the Rock School of Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the School of American Ballet in New York. Kailey graduated Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University with a double major in Advertising and Dance Performance. In her time spent at SMU, Kailey studied intensively with many renowned instructors and choreographers. She was privileged to perform many works by prominent choreographers including: George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Adam Hougland, Joost Vrouenraets, Mel Tomlinson, John Selya, and Jessica Lang. In December of 2008, Kailey’s first choreographic work The Red Pony debuted on the stage of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, in collaboration with the New Conservatory of Dallas pre-professional orchestra. In 2010, Kailey’s work Technicality was featured in the Emerging Choreographers Showcase presented by Regional Dance America in San Antonio, TX.

4181HANNAH BROWN grew up in Dallas dancing at Dallas Ballet Center. Some of her favorite memories are from dancing in the Nutcracker and sharing the stage with her sister, brother, and dad. In high school, Hannah joined the Dance Cluster at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theater, choreography, and improvisation. Her senior project focused on the benefits of dance for those with special needs and physical constraints disorders. While at Hendrix College for her undergraduate studies, Hannah majored in Educational Psychology and minored in Dance. She enjoyed teaching dance to young children during the summers and a young adult with special needs during the school year. Hannah currently teaches Kindergarten and enjoys sharing her love of dance after school. Hannah will be teaching modern dance as well as strength and conditioning for the dancer this year.

4240MALIA FOLEY is Dallas born and raised. Malia began dancing with with Ms. Denise Moore at the Pink House. She continued training at Cherrilane School Dance, Contemporary Ballet Dallas and finished her High School training at Dallas Ballet Center. Malia studied with the pre-professional Dallas Ballet Company as well as the DBC Tap Connection. As a Company member, Malia performed many roles in the Annual Nutcracker production, Taste of Addison, Regional Dance America Southwest, La Fille Mal Gardee, Le Corsaire, and Sleeping Beauty. Malia has traveled internationally to perform with Young! Tanzsommer. Malia attended Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, TX. where she also danced as a Kilgore Rangerette. Malia is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, drill and hula.

4235KARYN HARRIS is a Dallas native, she began dancing with the Texie Waterman School of Dance. In 1994 she joined the High Society Dance team and danced with them until 2003. She was a member and Captain of the dance teams, and won many National Championships. In 2000, she became Assistant Director of those teams, and in 2005 she was the Director of the Mascot Team for High Society. She taught at the High Society Dance studio and the Dance FX Studio, and at Dreamers Dance Studio in Carrollton. Karyn has over 27 years of dance experience! This is her fifth year at Toby’s and she teaches Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop

4254SUZELLE POOLE Professional Ballet Soloist and classical ballet teacher in Toronto, Montreal, London Glasgow, Munster, Stuttgart, Capetown and Dallas. Madame Poole teaches the Kschessinska/Cecchetti method of ballet. As a student she studied Cecchetti with Betty Oliphant and Celia Franca. She danced professionally in Opera, Ballet, Radio, and in award-winning films and Pantomimes. Madame Poole spent ten years as a soloist for Houston Ballet under the direction of Madame Semenova, pupil of the Kschessinska method. She became Madame Semenovas assistant, teaching children of all ages. Madame Poole returned to London England performing professionally with re-nowned artists and continued her professional studies in London. She has lectured on Music pedagogy at the University of Capetown, as well as the largest Teacher Training College in Africa and the University of Dallas. She combined her background with her life experience and qualifications to attain her Association Montessori Internationale(AMI) diploma. She has for the last twelve years taught and performed for the Royale Ballet Dance Academy (R.A.D.) She has been involved with the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker for the last nine years teaching the Advanced Children’s Divertissements. Her students receive Gold, Silver and ‘Touch-of Class’ awards at competitions. Madame Poole continues to teach, perform and choreograph in various venues and nursing homes in the Dallas area. Madame Poole brings her European influence and fusion of dance while teaching our 65ALIVE senior movement classes this year. She will also assist with the youth to adult level classes.

Marianna Harris

Marianna Harris grew up dancing with the Dallas Ballet Center under the direction of Brent and Judy Klopfenstein. While at DBC she studied ballet, tap, and jazz. She is teaching combo classes that involve ballet, tap, and tumbling for 3&4 and 5&6 year olds. Marianna is currently a Theatre Major at Collin College where she is on scholarship.

testimonial-placeholderSTEPHANIE BROWNE is originally from Dallas, Texas. She recently moved to Jackson, Mississippi to become a trainee with Ballet Magnificat, the world’s premiere Christian Ballet Company. Stephanie has had numerous performing opportunities dancing for audiences all over the world including the Young Tanzsommer Program in high school and most recently traveling to Honduras with Ballet Magnificat. Her group performs at churches, local private and public school programs, and inner city after-school programs. They have had the privilege to perform at many Christmas festivals for the surrounding communities in Mississippi. In Jackson, Stephanie occasionally teaches dance class at The Ballet Magnificat School. Stephanie’s passion is to teach children and young adults alike in the skill and art of dance and performance. In addition to dancing full-time as a trainee, Stephanie, an honor student, is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies through Liberty University Online. Stephanie will periodically teach at Toby’s through the year and in the summer.

testimonial-placeholderMARGIE LOOTENS Margie started dancing when she was 4 years old and began teaching at 16 in Plano TX. under Carol Crook. For 7 years Margie continued teaching with Carol while training with Buster Cooper, Joe Tremaine and other top teachers and choreographers from LA and NY. Then Margie felt called to open, Art of Dance studio in Plano at the age of 24. She had a successful run for 18 years traveling to LA every summer with her advanced level students and training with quality teachers and choreographers in the industry such as Rhonda Miller, Gregg Russell, Keith Clifton, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo. Several of Margie’s students have won prestigious awards and scholarships. Many more students were recognized at conventions and competitions such as LA Danceforce, CO. Dance. Margie also won “Teacher of the Year” one year and West Coast Dance Explosion honors as well. Margie was known for bringing in High profile choreographers from LA and NY to hold master classes locally. Margie is experienced in teaching tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and musical theatre. She has loved teaching children of all ages, including adults. After taking a brief hiatus, closing her studio, she is very excited to get back to doing something she has always loved so dearly. Margie looks forward to passing her passion for the Art of Tap Dance (as well as other styles) on, to her students once again. Margie resides with her family in the North Dallas / Plano area.

testimonial-placeholderKelley Jo Sawyer Kelley Jo Sawyer is a native of Richardson, TX where she performed as a JJ Pearce Pacesetter and as a member of the elite jazz, kick, and hip hop dance teams. She then continued her dance/drill team career as an Apache Belle at Tyler Jr. College where she was voted the Freshman Representative and Head of the elite dance team. Kelley Jo is currently a dance major at the University of Texas at Dallas where she is a member of the UTD Dance Ensemble. She is also an instructor for MA Dance and teaches at various studios in the Dallas area.

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OUR STORY

Toby’s was established in 1959 as one of the first performing dance studios in the Richardson/Plano area. During the past 57 years, thousands of both boys and girls have enjoyed growing up while learning, performing and dancing at this studio, under the direction of Toby McPheeters and her faculty.

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Our Mission

Sally (or Ms. Sally as her students call her) and Don Andriot (her husband) are proud to be the new owners and directors of Toby’s School of Dance. They bring an enthusiastic and professional perspective to the studio as can be seen in the refreshed and updated studio interiors.

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Our Expertise

Sally is a highly experienced ballet and contemporary teacher, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, who shares her professional experience and love for dance with her students and is thrilled to now have her own studio where she can mentor young dancers and work with professional performing groups.

Interested in basic movement and exercise – we have classes for you, too! Put the fun and enjoyment of dance in your life!

Sally and Don Andriot
Minimum 45 Minute Class
Starting At Only

$65*

FAQ

Q1: Are private lessons possible?

A: Yes, they are! Please talk to Ms. Sally about times/days when the studios are available for private lessons.

Q2: What are the costs for private lessons?

A: It depends on the teacher – again, please talk with Ms. Sally for information on pricing.

Q3: What is your experience with YAGP (Youth America Grande Prix)?

A: I have coached many students through the preparation and participation in this international event. It is a major commitment of time and preparation. Participating has many costs as well, from the cost of outside private lessons to costumes, registration fees – as well as other expenses from travel to choreography. Typically dancers must be atleast 10 years of age before they are eligible to participate. If you want more information on this for your dancer please discuss with Ms. Sally.

Q: Is the studio available for private parties, such as birthday parties, etc.?

A: Yes! We have had “princess dance parties” and tumbling classes for children at the studio. Ms. Sally can give you details on the cost and availability of the studio for private parties.

Q: I have a group of adult friends and we are looking for a particular class on a specific day. Is this possible?

A: Yes! Depending on the day, time and type of class that your group is interested in starting. We welcome suggestions and groups for new classes. Just contact Ms. Sally for more information.

Q: I need to drop a class that my child is in. What is the procedure?

A: Depending upon the time of year and whether costumes have been ordered for the recital or not. You will need to talk to Ms. Sally, as soon as you realize you need to drop a class.

Q: My dancer is interested in attending dance competitions. Is this something you offer?

A: Yes we anticipate attending dance competitions with our students.  Please contact our office for additional information.

Q: Where do you recommend we shop for dance attire for class? Are there online sources that you recommend?

A: We recommend Sandys Dancewear in Plano, Dallas or Frisco.   There are also online companies.  Call the office for more information.

Q: Do you close during inclement weather? How will we know in advance if a class is going to be cancelled?

A: For inclement weather – Tobys follows the RISD inclement weather policies.  Please watch for closures on your local broadcast stations.

Q: If my child misses a class are there make-up classes? What is your make-up policy?

A: A student may make up a class that is age and level appropriate within the month of class missed. Please contact Mrs. Sally for assistance in determining which class is the appropriate level.

Q: I would like to talk to you directly. What is the best time to reach you by phone?

A: Generally, I am more available in the mornings, but when classes are in session I am most likely teaching or working with students so my time is very limited. So, I would prefer to talk to you when things are not too hectic and I can focus on the conversation. An easy way to set this up is to send me an email and we can schedule a mutually convenient time to talk – either at the studio or over the phone. I am always happy to talk to you, when I am not teaching or focused on getting children situated in their classes. Thank you for your understanding!

Q: Is attendance taken in each class?

A: Yes, each teacher takes attendance, noting students that are present, late, or absent in each class.

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