• Staff

     d01-01-02Libby Singleton – Libby, studio co-owner and the School Director, began her dancing career at a very young age and has over 40 years of professional teaching experience. She graduated from Sumter High, attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri majoring in dance, and then went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Libby has worked with students in School District 17 productions, School District 2 Gifted and Talented programs and judged several local talent contests to name a few. She shares her love of dance with anyone who walks through the door! You may see Miss Libby volunteering her time at the Sumter Little Theater, local school districts, retirement homes and she always loves a parade! She teaches K5 through second grade tap & jazz.

    allison-picture Allison P. Porter (General Manager) – Allison is a native of Sumter who attended Thomas Sumter Academy and graduated from Sumter High School.  She also attended Central Carolina Technical College and USC Sumter.  Allison joined Miss Libby’s as a member of the office staff in 2004 and was promoted to Office Manager in 2013.  In July of 2016, Miss Libby’s was pleased to advance her to the General Manager over both the Main Studio and the Annex facilities.  Allison’s association with Miss Libby’s dates back to 1996 when her oldest daughter, Tiffani began taking lessons at the dance studio.  Tiffani danced with Miss Libby’s for ten years and was also part of Miss Libby’s Company and the Rising Stars competition team.  During this time, Allison served as Vice-President of the Board of the Rising Stars.  Her daughter, Taylor, began dance lessons in 1997 when she was two years old. She also danced with Miss Libby’s for ten years. Her youngest daughter, Tanner, attended Miss Libby’s from 2001 to 2006.  Allison also serves as the Backstage Manager at all of Miss Libby’s performances.

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     Jennifer Alford Reimer (Artistic Director) – Jennifer has been the Artistic Director for the Rising Stars competitive dance team and the Companies at Miss Libby’s since 2007.  She began dancing at age three and was one of Miss Libby’s first students when the studio opened in 1989. Jennifer was a member of the original Super Stars competition group with the Rising Stars. She was also a member of the Columbia City Jazz Company in Columbia, SC.  Jennifer attended Columbia College for two years where she studied ballet and modern dance and was a member of the The Power Company.  In 2003, she transferred to Oklahoma City University where she trained for three years in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, voice and acting. In 2005, she graduated from OCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance.  After graduation, Jennifer moved to New York City where she continued her training as a dancer, singer, and actress. In 2007, Jennifer returned to Sumter where she is pleased to share her extensive training and varied experiences with the students at Miss Libby’s. Jennifer has most recently worked as an adjunct professor at Coker College teaching in the dance department.  She choreographs holiday programs, school district events, and was the winner of the last Dancing with the Stars of Sumter.  She is excited to have many former students continue on with their dance education.  Jennifer is married to Seth Reimer and is the proud mother to J.T. and Kinslee Reimer.

     03-07-24Seth Reimer – Seth is the content advisor for Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics and is also the director of our Ninja Warrior program. He developed a passion for the arts in early childhood. Seth was employed as a Performance Manager at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City and was later promoted to the position of Operations Manager. He is also the technical director for Miss Libby’s recitals, gymnastics expositions and the Tuomey Foundation benefits.  Seth currently works for the city of Sumter booking concerts at the Sumter Opera House and enjoys his role as Cultural Coordinator for the City of Sumter.

     dubose-hHolly DuBose (Dance) – Miss Holly has been an instructor at Miss Libby’s from the beginning. YES!  The whole 27 years.  Coming from Charleston where she studied ballet with Robert Ivey Ballet Company.  Her main goal was to develop the love of ballet in all of her students ranging in age from two to twenty-two.  Holly is also employed at Oakland Primary School, and still teaches classes at Miss Libby’s.  Holly has a 26 year old son, Caleb, who attends CIU in Columbia and is the youth minister at Grace Baptist Church.  Her daughter, Savannah Grace, is 22 years old and is a senior in the nursing program at USC in Columbia.

     glaze-fFran Glaze (Dance) – Fran joined the staff at Miss Libby’s in August, 2001. She received her dance training at Calvert-Brodie School of Dance In Columbia and the Emmalyn Davis School of Dance in Marion. Fran is a graduate of Columbia College where she studied dance for two years and was a member of the Columbia College Dance Company. Fran has entertained as a dancer for the Miss South Carolina and Miss Southern 500 pageants. She has choreographed many routines for local church musicals and high school pageants and plays. Fran was the choreographer for the Sumter High School Show Choir for seventeen years. She is married to Lee Glaze and they have two children, Scott, who is an assistant golf pro in Charleston and Sally, a professional dancer in New York City.

    04-06-02Rebecca Spann Osteen (Dance) – Rebecca Spann Osteen grew up in Sumter. She has been with Miss Libby since the age of six. She was an original member of the Mini Company and also a member of the Junior, Junior Teen, and Senior Company. Rebecca also competed with the Rising Stars. She has been teaching dance since the fall of 2001 and is proficient in tap, ballet, and jazz. Rebecca graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education from USC Upstate and is National Board Certified. She currently teaches kindergarten at Millwood Elementary School. Rebecca is married to Cory Osteen and they have a daughter, Camdyn who began her dance career this year at the age of two.

    03-06-19Jill Horton (Dance) – Miss Jill began dancing at the age of 3 and was a member of Miss Libby’s Senior Company in her teens.   While in junior high and high school she was a cheerleader for Laurence Manning Academy and performed in the ballet “The Nutcracker”.  In 1993, Jill was given her first opportunity, through Libby’s, to teach dance before heading to the University Of South Carolina to earn her degree in Theater, Speech and Dance.  While at USC, Jill danced 3 years for the dance team and was Captain her senior year.  After graduating, she was given the opportunity to head the Theater Group at Palmetto School of Performing Arts for 2 years as well as teaching many dance and acrobatic classes. In 2001 she moved to North Carolina and continued to teach dance at numerous dance schools.   For 3 consecutive years she was chosen to choreograph the dance numbers for the Singing Christmas Tree and volunteered her time to local Church Praise Dance Groups in NC and SC.  When not teaching dance and choreographing cheer and dance routines she enjoys judging for collegic dance teams as well as high school dance and cheer-leading try-outs.  Jill became certified in teaching Fit Kids in 2008 while working in North Carolina.  She has won numerous awards for her choreography, as well as having high scoring soloist and group routines at local, regional and national dance competitions.  In 2008, Jill choreographed the winning contemporary routine for Teen Miss Dance.  After 18 years of teaching tap, jazz, ballet, point, cheer, lyrical, hip hop and modern she is thrilled to be back in Sumter where it all began. 

    mack-aAriel Mack (Dance) – Ariel is a South Carolina native who began dancing at age two and performed with Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics for 16 years. By age nine, she earned a spot on the Rising Stars of Sumter competition team where she received training in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, music theatre, and hip hop.  As a Rising Star, Ariel performed as entertainment with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as well as the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant.  She has also had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as David and Justin Mann, Chip Abbott, Travis Wall, Tyce Diorio, Nick Lazzarini, Mandy Moore, Glee’s Harry Shum, and So You Think You Can Dance contestants Sabra Johnson and Twitch.

    Ariel graduated from Lakewood High School in 2010 and began attending Oklahoma City University as an Entertainment Business major.  While attending OCU, she was chosen to perform in several audition pieces.  She also worked with Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company as an assistant sound technician on their “Home for the Holidays” production.  At OCU, she gained knowledge and experience in soundboard operation, performing, and putting together a large scale show.

    Ariel is currently Company Director, teaching tap and jazz to all eleven Companies at Miss Libby’s as well as the recreational hip hop instructor.  She is the Sumter High School Show Choir Choreographer and choreographs opening numbers for the Lakewood and Sumter High School pageants.  Ariel hopes that sharing her love for dance and knowledge in the arts will help inspire her students to become artists who never settle for less than their best.

    Jordan HawkinsJordan Hawkins (Ballet) – Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina Jordan started her training at the age of three under the direction of William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda at the Columbia Conservatory of dance. Later to join the Columbia City Ballet’s Junior company (CCBII) and the Conservatory’s competition team (CCDC). Through the years she furthered her dance education at many dance camps including the South Carolina Governors School of Arts and Humanities, the New York City Rockettes, and summers with the Adrenaline Dance Staff. In 2008 Jordan was crowned Senior Miss Dance at Kids Artistic Revue and Senior Miss Superstar at Star Systems later that year to become a company member with the Columbia City Ballet. Now starting her seventh year with the company she is excited to continue her training while also passing her knowledge on to her students.

    cole-tTorri Cole (Ballet) – Torri has been dancing for 20 years. Her journey began in her small hometown of Frazier Park, California with The Dance Studio. There she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and pointe. She worked her way from a young student to an assistant teacher and finally to a teacher of ballet, tap, and jazz. Her passion for dance really took off after she attend summer intensives at the Quinte Ballet School in Ontario Canada and at the San Diego Ballet. As a member of The Dance Studio’s competition team Torri had the privilege of traveling throughout Southern California for competitions and conventions such as Tremaine, Star Bound, Kids Artistic Revue, and Show Stoppers. Her team won several awards and invitations to nationals.

    Torri’s dance journey next took her to Eugene, Oregon where she became a Duck. She attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Modern Dance. During her time at the UO she was able to participate in faculty and student dance concerts. She became an active member of the on-campus club Dance Oregon. With Dance Oregon she was able to travel to Wisconsin, California, and Montana for the American College Dance Festival. Torri was part of several dance projects at the University of Oregon including choreographing her own piece for her senior project focusing on the impact and uses of unison.

    Post-graduation Torri was able to dive right into teaching with All That Dance Company in Eugene Oregon. Teaching all ages the fundamentals of ballet she re-discovered her passion for teaching. Her marriage to a member of the United States Air Force, Brandon Cole, led her dance journey to Sumter, South Carolina where she is extremely excited and eager to teach, inspire, and share her passion of dance at Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics.

    Gymnastics Coaching Staff 

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    Angie Freeman – (Gymnastics Pre-School Recreation Director) – Angie is a Sumter native and graduated from Sumter High School. Gymnastics began for her at the age of 4. Angie was a competitive gymnast through 9th grade. After attending Central Carolina and Florence Darlington Technical Colleges for PTA, she began KAT certification for gymnastics. Since then, she has taken many continuing education classes thru USAG as well as becoming a certified Pilates instructor. While continuing to be involved in the sport, Angie has been an employee of Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics for 17 years. She is married to Johnny Freeman and they have one son, Tony Freeman.

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    Tiffany Butler (Elite Stars Director/Head Coach) – Tiffany was born and raised in Sumter, SC. She started taking dance at Miss. Libby’s at the age of four then later began taking gymnastics at 6 years old. Soon after she developed a love for the sport which lead her to join the competitive gymnastics team at the Sumter YMCA. During her time as a Sumter Twisting Ariel, she won several State, regional and national titles. Not too long after her time as a competitive team member, Tiffany began her career as a coach at the age of 14 with the Sumter YMCA. She coached there for 2 years before leaving and returning to where her love for gymnastics began, Miss Libby’s. She was the assistant coach from the age of 16 until she eventually became the team director at the age of 18 making her the youngest head coach in the state of South Carolina. Since then Tiffany has become a friend, mentor, and coach to many young women who have also shared the same love for the sport as she had. Several of these young ladies have become state, national and regional winners while under Tiffany and other assistant team coach’s direction. She is a USA Gymnastics professional member, safety certified, and certified in gymnastics fundamentals through USAG. Currently, she also serves as a member of the Amateur Athlete Union for South Carolina gymnastics.  Tiffany is married to Rick Butler, who is a systems analyst at Becton Dickinson and they have one year old son named Griffin. 

     03-01-17Katie Jones (School Age Recreation Director / Elite Star Team Coach) Though Katie attended Sumter High School, she graduated from Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia. Her gymnastic career has carried her to much of the east coast of the United States. She competed in Boston, MA at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston, Carolina Gymnastics in Columbia, SC, and at the Atlanta School of Gymnastics in Tucker, GA. Katie competed at Level 10 and was state champion on numerous events in Massachusetts and South Carolina. She was a national competitor for the USGA, AAU, and USAIGC. Katie was a member of the University of Georgia gymnastics team in 1995. After knee surgery she was forced to withdraw from competitive gymnastics. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in education and is an accredited Level 9 gymnastics judge. Katie is married to Rick Jones and they have two daughters, Karsen and Ryann and have recently welcomed a sweet little boy to their family!

     03-02-02Spring Bentham (Gymnastics / Tumbling) – Spring is originally from Western Kansas and moved to Sumter in 2009 to join her husband who is part of the United States Air Force. She recently achieved her degree in photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. This is just one of her many accomplishments that she has achieved in her young life. Growing up with a parent that taught music brought all sorts of art forms into Spring’s life at a very early age. Playing an instrument and participating in school plays was just second nature for her. She also participated in gymnastics, dance, and other sports as soon as she was able. When she graduated high school she looked for a job that would fulfill her passion of working not only in a profession she enjoyed but working with children to make a difference in their lives. She taught gymnastics in her home town before having to move to Sumter. Only recently has she been a part of the Miss Libby’s staff starting in the beginning of 2013. She wants to bring her enthusiasm, creativity, and fun to the children she works with every day. Her goal is to not only help students reach their goals in gymnastics and tumbling but to take that same confidence into the world to achieve anything they want.

    woolever-hHeidi Woolever  (Gymnastics / Tumbling) – Heidi is originally from Pismo Beach, California. However, since her husband, Rodney, enlisted in the Air Force, they traveled extensively during his career.  One of their assignments was to Shaw Air Force Base where they “discovered” the city of Sumter. They loved it so much they decided to return after his retirement. Heidi earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement, from Midwestern State University where she also became certified to teach K-12 physical education.  She has taught middle school physical education, and enjoys working with children.  Heidi loves all sports but gymnastics took a special place in her heart when her oldest daughter began participating in the sport over thirteen years ago.

    thames-nNicole Thames (Gymnastics) – Nicole was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. She grew up very active with jazz, ballet, and gymnastics. At the age of nine, Nicole participated in recreational gymnastics at Miss Libby’s, and soon advanced to competitive gymnastics. She was a varsity cheerleader and varsity soccer player in high school, though she has never found a sport that has compared to her passion for gymnastics. Nicole is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and Member Experience Manager at Anytime Fitness. In 2016, Nicole graduated with an Associates of Arts degree from Central Carolina Technical College with hopes of continuing her education further in the future. We are thrilled to have Nicole as part of our Miss Libby’s Gymnastics and Ninja Warriors coaching staff!

    bean-lLaura Vance Bean – Laura was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She began dancing at the age of three, eventually competing both locally and at the national level. At the same time, her love for gymnastics had her competing up to a level 7, and earning her an invitation to the National TOPs training camp. Later, Laura earned her way on to the varsity cheerleading team at Stratford High School then again at Francis Marion University. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in nursing and she currently works as an RN in the emergency room at Palmetto Health Tuomey. She is married to Jack Bean, a member of the USAF, and they have three children. Two of whom attend Miss Libby’s and they have rekindled Laura’s passion for the preforming arts.

    graves-sSherry Graves – Sherry grew up in beautiful Beaufort South Carolina. She married, Nathan Graves, in 2007, and together they have three children, ages seven, five, and three, who all love gymnastics. The Airforce brought her family to Sumter in 2010, and she joined our Miss Libby’s team in 2015. Sherry is passionate about gymnastics and coaching her students. She has also worked as a certified nurse aid for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents at a retirement community. Helping out in children’s ministries and sharing God’s love is another way she enjoys working with children. Sherry is currently taking classes at Central Carolina Tech to finish her degree in Nursing.

    Karate

    05-07-27Charlie Myers (Karate) – Charlie began teaching the art of karate 18 years ago under Sensei “Dr. Rock” Lewis. This gave him the opportunity to learn about karate in a unique way. Over the years, Charlie participated in almost 100 tournaments, demonstrations, seminars, and other functions that helped him hone his craft that he has been teaching at Miss Libby’s School of Dance for the past 11 years. He has taught at a number of privately owned schools, day care centers, public schools, and after school programs in Sumter, Bishopville, Turbeville, Olanta, Lake City, and other surrounding locations. Currently ranked as a 5th Degree Black Belt in IsshinRyu karate, Charlie also studies and hold ranks in other styles such as TaeKwonDo, Shotokan, Kali, Aikido and Kobudo.

     

    Ladies’ Fitness

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