Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands founded Tu Dance to create access and opportunity. Since 2004, the school joined other Black-led arts organizations and used the power of dance to connect a diverse community of audience and artists. The company’s repertory features pieces that tackle themes such as Ronald K. Brown’s Clear as Tear Water (2005), a solo originally created for Toni Pierce-Sands that explores the balance of a woman’s vulnerability and strength as she is supported by generations of women before her. Tracks (2018), a full company work set to the legendary sounds of R&B music’s The O’Jays and originally commissioned by Ailey II, references the scars that a history of building railroad tracks left on African Americans and the arduousness of continuing on despite life’s challenges, in an effort to create better tomorrows.