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Welcome to Toby’s School of Dance, and the Richardson Fine Arts Conservatory Dance Company! Toby’s was established in 1959 as one of the first performing dance studios in the Richardson/Plano area. Since then, thousands of boys and girls have enjoyed learning, performing and dancing at Toby’s.
In 2016, Sally and Don Andriot became the new owners and directors of Toby’s. They bring an enthusiastic and professional perspective to the studio as can be seen in the refreshed and updated studio interiors, including the new “best available” sprung floor in the tap room.
Sally spent a lifetime preparing for her new role as Owner/Artistic Director of Toby’s. Her rare combination of extensive academic dance studies, practical professional performance experience at the highest levels and years of experience teaching young students, has given her an appreciation for the importance of correct dance technique and of the training lacking in many studios.
The Andriot’s vision is to offer students proper and recognized theoretical dance techniques, exciting performance opportunities, and a nurturing, wholesome and fun environment. They are excited about Toby’s:
- Knowledgeable, well-qualified and enthusiastic teachers
- Expanded spring recital with a theme
- New junior and senior performing companies
- Exciting performance opportunities for all students
- “Best of Reader’s Choice” Living Magazine 2016
Toby’s students are having a great time while learning the art of dance. Sally and Don hope you will join them in this fun and exciting adventure as Toby’s grows and dives head-on into the future of the arts!
Our Talented Staff
SALLY 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 the age of 19 while attending 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 served as the Ballet Director of International Ballet Theater and as 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. Prior to purchasing Toby’s, Sally guest taught ballet for the Dallas Youth Repertory Project for two years and has been a guest teacher at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas. Many of Sally’s former students have gone on to professional careers in the performing arts and to pursue fine arts degrees in prestigious college dance programs across the country. Sally has been married to her college sweetheart for thirty plus years! They have three grown children, all of whom have participated in the dance performing world.
DON ANDRIOT (Business Manager/Owner) is Sally’s husband and business partner. He used to be a good dancer until his knees gave out from playing too much football. When his daughters were young, he had the great pleasure of joining them on stage in Father/Daughter pieces where they performed together and learned the great art of ballet partnering. His heart was forever changed through sharing that opportunity with each daughter. Don is a Project Manager by day, and is Toby’s Business Manager and resident jack-of-all-trades all other times. His latest creation was the sprung-wood tap floor installation at Toby’s. Don is very excited to be a partner in Toby’s and is looking forward to continuing the school’s legacy.
KELSEY ANDRIOT is a native of Dallas where she started her career as a ballet dancer. During her four years of dancing pre-professionally, she performed at Avery Fischer Hall (New York City), Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth), Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck (Austria), and numerous others. In high school, Kelsey studied tap dance with tap legend, Peggy McCaslin. In college, she studied various forms of dance at both Collin College and Texas Tech University. Kelsey currently attends regular tap classes taught by Margie Lootens and Katelyn Harris.
WHITNEY ASHTON-SWANSON’s most notable accomplishments have been making the Top 20 on MTV’s The Wade Robson project while living in Los Angeles training at EDGE Performing Arts Studio, as well as being a contributing editor in Gregg Russell’s Studio Beat Magazine and winning several scholarships including LA Danceforce and Co Dance. She began her training in jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop at Art Of Dance and then at River City Dance Theatre and Austin Dance Troupe during college at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos. Whitney’s teaching experience began as an assistant in high school. She then began teaching for several different studios and choreographing pieces for competition groups and the Move-To-Groove Ball. Whitney has also trained young emerging musical artists including choreographing for The Teen Choice Awards national tour.
HANNAH BROWN grew up in Dallas dancing at Dallas Ballet Center. Some of her favorite memories are 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 with Toby’s students after school.
STEPHANIE BROWNE is a Dallas native. After high school, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where she was a trainee with Ballet Magnificat!, the world’s premiere Christian Ballet Company. Stephanie has had numerous performing opportunities all over the world including the Young Tanzsommer Program in high school and traveling to Honduras with Ballet Magnificat!. While at Ballet Magnificat! she performed at churches, local private and public schools, inner city after-school programs, and many Christmas festivals. She also enjoyed teaching numerous dance classes in public schools in the Jackson area. Stephanie’s passion is to teach children and young adults the skill and art of dance and performance. She is currently teaching various dance classes throughout the week as well as pursuing certification as a Bar Method instructor. Stephanie is thankful for all the opportunities the Lord has given her to continue using the gifts of dance and teaching to pour into others. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving at Watermark Community Church, and enjoying life. Stephanie has tasted and seen that the Lord is good and desires to share the grace-filled life change because of the Gospel with others!
RACHAEL COAD has been dancing around her house and in the studio since she was two years old. During her high school years, she trained at the Virginia School of the Arts. She spent her summers studying at Ballet Austin, Ballet Magnificat!, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She received her BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance, with Honors, from Texas Christian University, where she was a TCU Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship holder. Rachael finds great joy in teaching dance at various places throughout the metroplex. She has been teaching for the Texas Ballet Theater since 2011 and is thrilled to now be a part of Toby’s School of Dance. She has performed professionally with Epiphany DanceArts and wild goose chase dance, and was most recently a part of the Zion Dance Project. She is happiest when she is with her husband and one-year old daughter, spending time outside on random adventures.
JENNIFER (JENN) GUESS is an experienced dance teacher and dance coach who specializes in technical training and performance preparation. She is classically trained in ballet (the Vaganova method), modern (Horton & Graham), and jazz (Luigi, Tremaine, Hachett). Jenn danced with the original Alvin Ailey Summer Repertory Company before signing, working and traveling with the Campbell Agency (Dallas) and the Fontaine Agency (Los Angeles). In addition to walking the runways in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles, she worked in print, editorial, catalog, and commercial television advertising. Using dance training in all her commercial work, Jenn developed the ability to hone in on performance critique and professional development. Working alongside her modeling contracts, she taught at her alma maters, North Carolina School of the Arts and Westside Academy in Los Angeles. After moving to Dallas to raise her two daughters, Jenn began teaching locally and fell in love with training the new generation of dancers in all styles of dance. She currently teaches modern, ballet, jazz, and Ballet Burn. Jenn also privately coaches students on proper form and stability to improve technique excellence and strength.
KARYN HARRIS is a Dallas native. She grew up dancing with 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 previously taught at High Society Dance Studio, Dance FX Studio, and at Dreamers Dance Studio in Carrollton. Karyn has over 27 years of dance experience and is currently teaching Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Tap at Toby’s.
JORDAN HILL is a native of the Dallas area. She is a current Pre-Med student at the University of Texas at Dallas where she is pursuing minors in Dance and Spanish, along with her Biochemistry major. Jordan has been a member of the UTD Dance Ensemble, as well as other local dance companies. She trained in dance since the age of ten. Much of her training came through the Cecchetti ballet technique in which she tested student Grades 1 through 6 and is certified to teach Grade 1. Other training includes Musical Theater, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Jordan has been accepted into multiple summer workshops with companies such as American Ballet Theatre and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company. Past teaching experience includes several summer dance camps, with classes in Musical Theater and Ballet, as well as various classes throughout the year in Ballet, Tap, and Modern at the Academy of Dance Arts.
CHERIE LAYTON started dancing at Toby’s School of Dance when she was four years old. She danced through high school and began assistant teaching her senior year. Cherie received a degree in Secondary Education in Animal Science and danced with the Stephen F. Austin Dance Company. She started teaching again at Toby’s after college graduation and continued to take master classes throughout the Dallas area. Cherie has experience teaching combination classes as well as ballet, tap and jazz and has done competition dance training as well. She took a few years off to raise her three boys and has recently returned to teaching. Cherie is super excited to be teaching for Sally this year.
MARGIE LOOTENS began dancing when she was four years old and began teaching at the age of sixteen under Carol Crook. She continued teaching with Carol while training with Buster Cooper, Joe Tremaine and other top teachers and choreographers from Los Angeles and New York. Margie then felt called to open Art of Dance studio in Plano at the age of 24. She had a successful run for 18 years and was known for bringing in high-profile choreographers to hold local master classes. Margie traveled with her advanced level students to Los Angeles every summer where they trained with quality teachers and choreographers such as Rhonda Miller, Gregg Russell, Keith Clifton, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo. Several of Margie’s students won prestigious awards and scholarships. Many more were recognized at conventions and competitions such as L.A. Danceforce and Co. Dance. Margie’s awards include “Teacher of the Year” and West Coast Dance Explosion Honors. Margie is experienced in teaching tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and musical theatre. She loves teaching children of all ages, including adults. After taking a brief hiatus and closing her studio, Margie is very excited to be back doing something she has always loved dearly. She looks forward to passing on her passion for the art of tap and other dance styles to her students. Margie resides with her family in the North Dallas/Plano area.
VIVIANNA LUBERTINO has over three decades of experience and has studied under some of the most recognized and influential names in the global ballet community. She is a graduate of Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon (Argentina), and has danced professionally with many ballet companies, including Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile) and Ballet del Teatro Argentino de la Plata (Argentina). Vivianna has been teaching classical ballet, her forte, and dance for premier establishments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over fifteen years.
KAILEY QUINE is a Dallas native who 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.
KELLEY JO SAWYER is a native of Richardson, Texas, 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 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, Assistant Drill Team Director at Shelton High School and teaches at various studios in the Dallas area.
ALLISON WOOD is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she studied under Carrie Webb at Revolution Dance Company before moving to Dallas and earning a BFA in Dance at Southern Methodist University. She has performed works by notable choreographers such as Daniel Buraczeski, Joshua L. Peugh, Jessica Lang, Jamal Story, Alex Sanchez and Martha Graham. In her time at SMU, Allison choreographed several works for student productions and had the opportunity to study dance in New Zealand and Bali, Indonesia. Allison currently works as an environmental engineer at a Dallas-based consulting firm and dances with 6 o’Clock Dance Theatre.
TOBY MCPHEETERS is the former owner and director of Toby’s which she founded in 1959. Toby studied dance with many legends in the Dallas dance world and was a founding board member of the Dallas Dance Council where 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 is currently Co-Director of Children in the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker.” In November of 2007, Toby was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas Dance Council.
Interested In Basic Movement And Exercise? We Have Classes For You, Too! Put The Fun & Enjoyment Of Dance In Your Life!
Interested In Basic Movement And Exercise? We Have Classes For You, Too! Put The Fun & Enjoyment Of Dance In Your Life!
Sally and Don Andriot
45 Minute Class
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 at least 10 years of age before they are eligible to participate. If you want more information please discuss with Ms. Sally.
Q4: 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.
Q5: 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.
Q6: I need to drop a class that my child is in. What is the procedure?
A: It depends 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.
Q7: 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.
Q8: 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.
Q9: 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.
Q10: 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.
Q11: 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. 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!
Q12: Is attendance taken in each class?
A: Yes, each teacher takes attendance, noting students that are present, late, or absent in each class.