Miss Toni finds true delight in sharing the gift of dance with anyone and everyone, as she expresses dance as an art form rather than an act of competition. She encourages creativity, equality and coordination in each class. Every student is placed in a class depending on their age; thus, level of difficulty is not the main focus. All students are presented with the opportunity to find interesting and beautiful challenges no matter their level or previous dance experience. Although technique is admired and encouraged, TDS does not strive for perfection, merely introducing and sharing creative means of expression through the movement of the body, while also explaining the importance of health and exercise. TDS is known for its fun and loving environment, free of judgement and high expectations. Miss Toni's main goals for her students are increasing their self-confidence, creativity, endurance, coordination and positivity.

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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was born and raised in Columbus, GA and has been teaching dance here since she was 12 years old. She opened her first dance studio, Toni's Dancing School, in 1978. Miss Toni takes pride in running a family oriented business. Her mother, Miss Dot can be found behind the desk and her daughters, Alee and Baili help teach classes from time to time. When she is not at the dance studio, she finds great joy in traveling, tennis, yoga and spending time with her family.

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Kelsey Arnold

Kelsey is an assistant who teaches 3k - 5th grade levels, choreographs and teaches middle and high school jazz, tap and lyrical while pursuing a career in Health Science with honors through Columbus State University. She began learning dance from Mrs. Toni at age 3 and continued until graduating high school at 18. Kelsey trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary styles. 

"I could not be more happy to be a part of the TDS team. From my time here as a student, to becoming a teacher, TDS has continually provided a happy and loving, learning environment where students are able to be confidently educated in the art of dance. I am so blessed to be able to further my passion for dance as an instructor!"


Helen is an assistant who teaches all ages. She has been studying dance since she was three years old. Helen has been trained in ballet, tap, and jazz. She preformed in the Nutcracker, with the Columbus Ballet. Helen also studied ballet with the Orlando Ballet Company in the summer of 2013. She is now attending Columbus State University where she is planning to major in Nursing.