Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Dallas children.
At Toby's School of Dance participation in ballet as a student is an exciting artistic experience. Toby McPheeters founded the school in 1960 in Richardson retiring recently, but continues to co-direct the children in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker along with Gwen Owens. Sally and Don Andriot continue the legacy of Toby's School of Dance. Toby’s philosophy is that the result of proper ballet training is a beautiful, strong, and healthy body, which includes the development of good posture, grace, and poise. The self-discipline learned in ballet class helps a child to succeed in all undertakings. A qualified and well-trained faculty and individual attention to each student’s technical or physical problems assure young students the maximum opportunity for progress. The studio works from the concept that ballet is the background and basis for all dance and should be studied first or along with other forms of dance.
London School of Dance was established in 1966 by Director and Founder Gwen Owens who continues the tradition of excellence initiated by 2nd generation Co-Director Misty Owens and her New York City dance expertise. Among other honors and recognition, Gwen Owen was awarded the Mary Award for Achievement in Dance by the Dallas Dance Councils. With 48 years of experience the studio is proud of the outstanding Professional Faculty and is dedicated to bringing the finest dance training for children in the area. The studio is non-competitive and students thrive in progressive, creative classes designed to offer children through teens an opportunity to study dance to their fullest. The annual spring performances are renowned in the region for their child-appropriate music choices, costumes and themes which ensures parent satisfaction.