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About Toby’s School of Dance
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Welcome to Toby’s School of Dance, and the RFAC Dance Rep! 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, she 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. She was recently certified in all levels of Progressing Ballet Technique. 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.
LAUREN DAVIS is a Texas native with a BFA in Commercial Dance from Hussian College Los Angeles: In Studio. Lauren trains in all styles of dance, including ballet, acro, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, ballroom, jazz funk, and tap. Lauren grew up with a strong concert dance background before transitioning to competition dance and the commercial side of the industry. Lauren wants as versatile of a career as her training has been, striving to perform from the Broadway stage to cruise ships to award shows. Lauren discovered her deep love for children through becoming an aunt in 2014, and has since developed a passion for teaching. She now teaches at several studios in the DFW area, while continuing her career as a dancer and actor. Recently, Lauren performed in the State Fair of Texas’ “Illumination Sensation,” as well as performed as a guest artist for Destiny Dance Devoted, portraying the Sugar Plum Fairy. Lauren will continue to spread her love for the arts through performing and educating young dancers with authentic kindness and wisdom.
LISA GARRETSON was inspired by dance as a child in Midland, Texas. She studied dance at the University of North Texas, where she received extensive training in all areas of dance with an emphasis in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. Lisa has danced professionally for Events in Motion and was a student instructor for the Jazz Department at Richland College. She has passionately contributed 25 years to dance instruction with extensive experience in choreography, workshops, drill team prep, dance competitions and more. Lisa’s work has been recognized through numerous scholarships, awards and student achievements including choreography recognition by the Dallas Dance Council, student dance competition achievements, and student appearances on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She cherishes every moment that she is able to inspire dancers to follow their dreams, and believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all. Lisa is married to Steve and they have three daughters that enjoy gymnastics and dance! When she is not teaching she is attending gymnastics competitions, serving at church and spending time with her family. Lisa is excited to join the staff at Toby’s!
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.
IVY KOVAL, a native Texan, received her early dance training at Dallas Ballet Center where she had the opportunity to perform soloist and lead roles in various full-length ballets. It was during this time that Ivy was mentored and coached by Ms. Sally Andriot. Following high school, Ivy danced with Ballet Magnificat!, a professional Christian ballet company in Jackson, MS. She then returned to Texas to attend Dallas Baptist University where she received an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and a graduate degree in Commercial Art. After graduation, Ivy accepted a position in the DBU art department where she currently teaches undergraduate drawing, painting and design courses. For ten seasons, Ivy danced as a signature artist and choreographer with Epiphany DanceArts, a Dallas-based contemporary ballet and modern company. She also taught dance to special needs children through Epiphany’s Adaptive DanceArts program. Ivy is currently on faculty at Toby’s School of Dance, where she teaches ballet and pointe/pre-pointe, and The Dance Movement, where she is director of the performance company’s ballet ensemble. Ivy feels incredibly blessed and thankful that God has given her a way to give back the instruction, encouragement and mentorship that she received from her teachers over the years.
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 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 closing her studio and taking a brief hiatus, 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.
MORIAH MCCLURE Photo and Bio coming soon.
Gina Sawyer serves as a full-time professor of dance at Richland College, where she has directed over twenty-one main-stage dance concerts. She is the originator of the Richland College Dance Jam Festival and was the first to create an online course in Dance Appreciation for the Dallas County Community College District. Gina is an active member of the Texas Dance Educator’s Association and enjoys her role as an adjudicator for M.A. dance contests. Gina studied dance at Texas Woman’s University and traveled across the U.S. as a head instructor for NCA Danz (currently National Dance Alliance) and directed several dance/drill teams. She was voted a top ten director by the Dance/Drill Team Directors of America. Gina later continued her education, earning a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and master’s degree in dance from Texas Woman’s University. Throughout her career, Gina has performed in a variety of spotlights, including half-time events, dance concerts, commercials and community theater. She also performed as a dance captain for the Tyler Jr. College Apache Belles, under the direction of Ruth Flynn. Gina’s musical theater credits include the 1940’s “Radio Hour” (Ginger), “Chicago” (June), “Cats” (Electra), “Crazy for You” (Patsy) “Guys and Dolls” (Hotbox Dancer) and “Miss Saigon” (Dancer). Gina’s recent performance includes the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy at Southside on Lamar, under the direction of choreographer Julie Troost.
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 and was voted Freshman Representative and head of the elite dance team. Kelley Jo is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where she obtained her Bachelor’s in dance and was a member of the UTD Dance Ensemble. She is currently a real estate appraiser with Jackson Claborn, an instructor and judge for MA Dance and a teacher at various studios in the Dallas area…including Toby’s where she is a hip-hop instructor.
SARAH STOFFELS began dance training at the age of 3 at Cooke County Ballet Academy in Gainesville, Texas. She began sharing her dance passion through teaching her junior year of high school. Continuing her education at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Ballet. Sarah is currently a member of Epiphany DanceArts as a company performer, teacher, and choreographer. She enjoys working with their outreach programs, especially Adaptive DanceArts, where she teaches children and young adults with special needs. Sarah is also the resident guest artist of millermuller ballet and has had opportunities to perform in dance for film, and in musicals such as “Camelot” and “Oklahoma!” Having worked with dancers ages three to adult, Sarah is excited to start sharing her love for movement and expression with the dancers at Toby’s School of Dance!
CHRISTINE WUNDERLICH began dance at the age of five, when her mom wanted to help her make friends after moving from England. Her teacher was Ms. Margie! She immediately fell in love with dance, specifically tap, and she and her mom continued to dance with Margie for the next 13 years. Christine spent her high school summers dancing in Los Angeles under renowned choreographers such as Greg Russell, Malaya, Keith Clifton, and Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo aka Nabbytabs, just to name a few. Over the years she won awards at LADF Kids, LADF, LADM, and West Coast Dance Explosion, before being accepted to Oklahoma City University as a Dance Management major. At OKCU Christine, continued her dance training under Jo Rowan, Mary Price Boday, Pat Oplotnik aka Fast Pat, and the late, great Robert Reed. She was blessed with the opportunity to overcome injuries and become a company member of RACE, a contemporary/hip-hop company, for 4 seasons. Christine started teaching at the age of 16 under Mrs. Margie and then continued teaching in Oklahoma City. She moved back to DFW in 2016 and is thrilled to be teaching Hip Hop at Toby’s!
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.