Tommie, the founder and director of the academy, started dancing at age
two, and her dance background and training are extensive. Her parents used to
travel to New York during the summer so she could take classes from the top professionals
in the country. She has studied with June Taylor, Nicco Charise and Frank Hatchett.
Tommie has also gone to Chicago several times and studied with Gus Giordano. She
continues her dance education by attending dance conventions including New York
Dance Alliance, L.A. Dance Force, Roland Dupree, Tremaine and The Pulse.
Tommie was a dance major at Stephens College in Missouri, and she wanted to
move to New York to dance professionally. After two years at Stephens, however,
she decided to transfer to the University of Arkansas where she joined Pi Beta
Phi and became a Razorback cheerleader. She eventually moved back to Little Rock
and opened her dance academy in 1970.
was born and raised in Little Rock, and her family has a deep-rooted history in
the state of Arkansas. Her mother, Sarah Haley Thomas, was a former Miss Arkansas
and used to sing and dance with a thirty piece orchestra. She won a contract with
MGM, but instead of moving to Hollywood to pursue her career, she married and
taught dance at Dorothy Donaldson’s Dance Studio. Tommie’s father,
"Boots" Coleman, started the Coleman Dairy Talent Award at the Miss
Arkansas Pageant, and he was a prominent businessman in the Little Rock community.
Tommie’s daughter, Sheri, is co-owner and director of the dance academy.
Tommie’s son, Ronnie Jr., lives out of state and has two daughters.
Tommie’s daughter, Sheri, is co-owner/director of the dance academy
performed in her first recital at the age of 3 and has been dancing ever since.
Her mother started taking her to dance conventions when she was just nine years
old. Sheri has taken classes and studied dance with top professionals and choreographers
around the country including Wade Robson, Roland Dupree, Gus Giordano, Liz Imperio,
Joe Lanteri and Mia Michaels. She continues her dance education by traveling the
country attending conventions (Dupree, L.A. Dance Force, New York Dance Alliance, Tremaine
and The Pulse). Sheri was a dance major at Oklahoma City University & UALR,
and she participated in the Miss Arkansas Pageant System for four years. She is
also a member of Southern Association of Dance Masters. Sheri taught aerobics
for eight years at the Little Rock Athletic Club and was certified with the American
Council on Exercise. She has been teaching with her mother since she was in high
Sheri was born and raised in Little Rock and is a graduate of Little Rock Central.
Sheri’s dad, Ronnie, lives in Little
Rock with his wife Teresa. He was an All American Razorback on the ‘64 National
Championship team, and he played five years of professional football. In 1970
when he retired, the family moved back to Little Rock.
Tommie’s Dance Academy has a large staff of very accomplished and professional
teachers who offer students top level dance instruction. Tommie’s has instructors
who have performed and competed on the college level and several who have been
dance majors at top universities. We pride ourselves on developing a well-rounded
dancer and are confident that our students will be prepared to dance on the college
level if they choose to do so.
Preschool Staff ... BEST IN TOWN!
Tommie’s preschool teachers have been specifically trained to work with
your child at this developmental level. We know this is a delicate age, and we
are confident that our preschool staff will make your child’s introduction
to dance a positive one.