Toni Pierce-Sands (Horton Technique & Repertoire)

Co-founder of TU Dance in Saint Paul, MN, Toni Pierce-Sands performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Tanz Forum in Germany, Rick Odums in Paris, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was a featured soloist in such signature pieces as Revelations.

Her command of the Horton Technique has led to teaching posts throughout the United States and Europe. Toni directs programming and teaches classes at TU Dance Center in Saint Paul and at the University of Minnesota, where she is also the Director of University Dance Theater.

Toni was awarded a 2004 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Dance, named the Sage Awards’ “2011 Outstanding Dance Educator” and recognized with a 2013 Links Emerald Service Award for service in the arts. She was named a 2015 USA Fellow and also received the 2015 Knight Fellowship in Dance, together with TU Dance co-founder Uri Sands.

(Photo ©Michael-Slobodian)