Ms. Terry Peyton
Welcome to the TSD Family!


"My late husband Jack and I founded TSD over four decades ago to provide our students with a loving, inspiring and challenging place to grow...

I'm proud to extend our legacy with our daughter Shalet and continue our tradition as a family-friendly home.

A home where kids can realize their fullest potential

while making lifelong friendships."


Located in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, Virginia, Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics has been in business for over 40 years.


Founded back in 1974 by Jack and Terry Peyton, the school opened in the basement of a townhouse with an enrollment of just five students. There we established our philosophy of offering an environment that considers the the whole child as a dancer -- TSD is committed to the physical, mental, social and educational growth of each of our students.

Within a year after TSD's opening, the school relocated to a small storefront along Richmond Highway.  In 1978 the school moved to a building on Cooper Road and in 1994, Terry's relocated to their present location in Woodlawn Shopping Center.

TSD offers a wide range of classes for kids, teens, and young adults. Our team consist of highly qualified teachers with experience in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, musical theater, hip-hop, contemporary, pre-k combo, and gymnastics. We also have a competitive team named Show Group, that competes in local dance competitions, as well as a national competition annually.n

TSD is a proud partner with our students and their parents -- together we strive to bring the very best instruction in an upbeat, positive and challenging environment. As partners, we'll involve every child's physical and mental development -- along with their dreams and ambitions -- to create the perfect curriculum to inspire growth in body, mind and spirit. 

TSD's trained staff is dedicated to providing students from every level the opportunity to experience the technical skills and discipline of dance and gymnastics. We are committed to offering classes that provide a positive and self-rewarding environment to help each student reach their full potential. We strongly believe that our success comes as a result of providing solid technical training commitment to each and every student, and of course, quality service. 

TSD is committed to focusing on excellent instruction by teachers with years of professional performing and teaching experience. We aim to provide superior dance and gymnastics training in all levels to children and adults, ages three and up. 

TSD's facilities include spacious dance studios with full-length mirrors, dressing areas, personal lockers, a large waiting area and ample parking. TSD's fully outfitted, large-sized, gymnasium is complete with parallel bars, jumping boards, extra-large sized trampolines, well-padded tumble tracks -- all in a bright, lively atmosphere that kids love to rumble and roll in.   

We provide our dancers with unique performing and training opportunities both locally and throughout the United States. With only one location, we can assure you of the highest quality and integrity in dance training.

Ms. Shalet Peyton
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Terry's School of Dance & Gymnastics

8730 Richmond Highway

Alexandria, Virginia 22309



Hours of Operation

Monday - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Staff appointments are available on request.