Toni L Pierce
Prior to co-founding TU Dance, Toni Pierce-Sands—A Minnesota native—performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was a featured soloist in such signature pieces as Revelations and Cry, Tanz Forum (Germany), and Company Rick Odums (Paris). She has also appeared in the Twin Cities as a guest performer with Ragamala Music and Dance Theatre, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Vocalessence, Stuart Pimsler Dance Theatre, and Robin Steihm’s Dance People Company. Her command of the Horton Technique has led her to teaching posts throughout the United States and Europe. Toni teaches dance at the University of Minnesota, where she is also the Director of University Dance Theater. In 2004, she was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dance. TU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands were named “2005 Artists of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.