Studio co-owner and the School Director
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 PMiss Libby is the studio co-owner and the School Director. She began her dancing career at a very young age and has over 40 years of professional teaching experience. Libby graduated from Sumter High, and attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she majored in dance. She then continued her education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Libby has worked with students in productions throughout the Sumter School District and with Gifted and Talented programs and has judged several local talent contests as well. 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 schools, retirement homes and she always loves a parade! She teaches K5 through second grade tap & jazz.
Miss Holly has been an instructor at Miss Libby’s from the beginning. YES, the entire 30 years. While living in Charleston, she studied ballet with Robert Ivey Ballet Company.
Holly teaches three afternoons a week at Miss Libby’s. Her students range in age from two-eight years of age.
Holly is also employed at Oakland Primary School. Her 27-year-old son, Caleb is a graduate of The Citadel and now attends CIU in Columbia. Additionally, he serves as the youth minister at Grace Baptist Church. Miss Holly’s daughter, 24-year-old Savannah Grace, grew up dancing at Miss Libby’s and is a recent graduate of USC Nursing School & a is currently a nurse with the Sumter School District at Crosswell Elementary School.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Jordan began her dance training at the age of three under the direction of William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. She later joined the Columbia City Ballet’s Junior company (CCBII) and the Conservatory’s competition team. Through the years she furthered her 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. Jordan is a member of the Columbia City Ballet and is entering her eleventh season as a Coryphée. She is excited to continue her training and pass that knowledge on to her students at Miss Libby’s.
Rebecca Osteen grew up in Sumter. She has been with Miss Libby since the age of six. Rebecca was an original member of the Mini Company, the Junior, Junior Teen, and Senior Companies, as well as competing with the Rising Stars. She began 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, and a son, Easton.
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Artistic Director & Company Director
Jennifer began dancing at age three and was one of Miss Libby’s first students when the studio opened in 1989. She was a member of the original Super Stars competition group with the Rising Stars and was also a member of the Columbia City Jazz Company in Columbia, SC.
Jennifer graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she continued her training as a dancer, singer, and actress.
Upon relocation to Sumter, Jennifer returned to Miss Libby’s staff as the Director for the Rising Stars competitive dance team, from 2007-2017. “Miss Jen” has previously served on the staff of Coker College in Hartsville, SC as an adjunct instructor of dance. She currently serves as the Director of The Companies at Miss Libby’s. Jennifer choreographs holiday programs, school district events, and was the winner of the last Dancing with the Stars of Sumter.
Jennifer is married to our Ninja Warrior Director, Seth Reimer, and is the proud mother to J.T. (Ninja Warrior) and Kinslee Reimer (dancer & gymnast).
Dance has been an important part of Fran’s life for as long as she can remember. She spent most of her free time from elementary school through college in a dance class.
Growing up, her dance teachers were her idols and she aspired to be the dance teacher who creates in her students the same love of dance as she has.
As an adult, she has been fortunate to share her love of dance in many ways, as a dance school teacher, a show choir choreographer, and with various school and church musicals.
Fran’s expectations are for her students to try hard, have fun, get some physical activity, gain self-confidence, and develop a love and appreciation for dance that will continue throughout their lives.
Rising Star Director
Ariel is a South Carolina native who began dancing at age two and performed with Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics for sixteen 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.
In 2010, Ariel enrolled at 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 Artistic Director of the Rising Stars of Sumter, the competitive dance team at Miss Libby’s School of Dance. She also serves as the choreographer for the Sumter High School Show Choir. 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.
Jamila grew up in Sumter SC, where she took jazz, tap and ballet classes at Miss Libbys School of Dance. She was a founding member of the Rising Stars of Sumter, which won numerous high score and overall awards at regional and national competitions. After high school, Jamila danced on the dance team at NCSU and spent her summers as a camp instructor and choreographer at Champion Cheer and Dance. Since moving back to South Carolina, Jamila has specialized in teaching hip hop classes at Miss Libby’s and choreographs award-winning routines for Rising Stars. Jamila is excited to combine her love of hip hop dance and fitness as a Certified 305 Fitness Instructor! An invitation-only certification, Jamila is one of the first instructors certified in the state of SC and is thrilled to bring this new program to the area.
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Audrey Gellman was born in Highland Park, NJ. She began dancing at the age of two at Princeton Ballet School. In 2017, Audrey joined Ballet Central New Jersey’s Daytime Professional Training program where she trained under Alexander Dutko and Thiago Silva. Audrey has performed in various productions including Raymonda, Etudes, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. She has performed roles ranging from Snow Queen and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Soloist in Raymonda, and principal couple in Les Patineurs and Alexander Dutko’s Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto. Audrey has attended summer courses at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Kaatsbaan, Ballet West, and Carolina Ballet. She is currently a member of the Columbia Classical Ballet as part of the Corps de Ballet. Audrey joined the teaching staff at Miss Libby's in the fall of 2021. She is the Ballet Mistress for the Rising Stars competition team and teaches tap, jazz, and ballet for our Saturday program.
Head Coach / Elite Star Director
Mary is a Sumter native. Her interest in gymnastics began when her own daughter began competing with the YMCA gymnastics team. She began her coaching tenure at Miss Libby’s in 2005. During that time, Mary became a friend, mentor, and coach to many young ladies who have also shared the same love for the sport as she. Under her tutelage, several of these young ladies have become state, regional, and national winners.
Mary 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.
Mary has two children, Travis and Tiffany, as well as two grandchildren.
Elite Stars Team Coach / Gymnastics
Faith is the fourth child (out of five!) in a retired military family. She has lived in Sumter, South Carolina for ten years, and is currently a junior at Sumter High School, where she is a part of the SHS Orchestra program as a violinist. Faith began participating in gymnastics classes seven years ago. She later spent five years competing all over South Carolina and in various other states when she became a member of the competitive Miss Libbys Elite Stars team. Her love for gymnastics carried over when she became a coach at Miss Libbys a year ago, and she is excited to help kids learn and build their own love for the sport in following years!
Elite Star Team Coach / Recreation Director
Though Katie attended Sumter High School, she graduated from Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia. During her gymnastics career, Katie competed throughout the East Coast and internationally in Australia and New Zealand. 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 with twenty-five years of coaching experience. Katie is married to Rick Jones and they have two daughters, Karsen and Ryann and their son, Thomas.
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Gymnastics Coach / Pre-School Director
Angie is a Sumter native and graduated from Sumter High School. Gymnastics began for her at the age of four. 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 continued education classes through USAG. Angie has been an employee of Miss Libby’s School of Dance & Gymnastics since 2000. She is married to Johnny Freeman and together they have one son, Tony Freeman, who is currently a Pre Med student at The University of South Carolina, Columbia.
Elite Star Coach
Gymnastics / Tumbling Coach
Keirstyn Rogers is a Sumter Native and attends school at Sumter High School. She is 16 years old and loves the art of gym. She has trained in the sport for 13 years now, all of those years at Miss Libbys. She has recently found a new hobby in competition cheer. She looks forward to working with other gymnasts and sharing her passion".
Bailey Collins is a military wife and mom! She was a competitive gymnast for 11 years and has coached gymnastics and tumbling for 9 years. Bailey has only been with Miss Libby’s for 1 year! She loves to work with children and can not wait to meet her new students and see returning faces each year. She plans to offer lots of fun all while learning and coaching!
Ninja Warriors Staff
Ninja Warrior Director
Seth served as General Manager at Miss Libby’s from 2009-2015 and is now the consultant for Miss Libby’s School of Dance & Gymnastics and the director of our Ninja Warrior program.
In 2011, Seth was introduced to the television show “America Ninja Warrior.” As a former men’s gymnastics coach, he immediately recognized the culture that this program was developing and set out to start the “Sumter Ninja Warriors” (unrelated to the national program). It has become one of the fastest growing areas at Miss Libby’s.
Prior to moving to Sumter, Seth was employed as a Performance Manager at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he was promoted to the position of Operations Manager.
Many times you will find Seth “behind the scenes” acting as Production Coordinator for Miss Libby’s dance recitals, Gymnastics Exhibitions and the Tuomey Foundation Sumter Arts Showcase. He is employed full time as the Cultural Manager for the City of Sumter to operate the Sumter Opera House. There, his is responsible for programming the concerts and events which entertain and educate Sumter and the greater Southeast region. Check out what’s playing at www.sumteroperahouse.com
Ninja Warrior Coach Assistant
Kasey Fraser is an exsisting Ninja student who will be helping coach Ninja Warrior classes this year! Kasey also has a few years of background in gymnastics. She has 5 siblings at home and is homeschooled. In her free time, she likes to play a couple different instruments, while also working part time at a coffee shop/cafe in Downtown Sumter. She loves getting to hang out with kids, especially when it involves athletics, which is what sparked her interest in helping coach the Ninjas!
Ninja Warrior Coach
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Ninja Warrior Coach
Ayanna is a native of Sumter, SC and began taking dance and gymnastics at Miss Libby’s at the age of three. She was a member of Miss Libby’s Elite Stars competition team where she was able to experience an abundance of growth and development that has shaped her view on the arts and sports. She is a graduate of Sumter High School where she participated in soccer and cheerleading. Ayanna has a B.A. in Music as a vocal performance major from Claflin University. She has traveled across the country singing at landmarks such as the Mormon Tabernacle, 2018 National ACDA Conference, and Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King pastored. Ayanna was involved with school musicals and opera which led her to develop a passion for musical theater. She continued her education at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, where she received an M.S in Arts Administration and continued her involvement in musicals, choir, and the local orchestra. Ayanna worked at Tiffany’s School of Dance and Performing Arts Center in Syrac se, NY as the Office Manager, ninja and tumbling coach, and a voice/piano teacher. Her goal as a coach is to help others, particularly the youth, learn how the arts and athletics encourages independence, creativity, and confidence. We are so excited to have Ayanna as part of the Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics family
Ninja Warrior Coach
Amanda Langford is so excited to be a first time Ninja Warrior coach this Fall season! Sumter is Amanda's home. She was born and raised here and is married to her husband, Tim. Together they are raising 3 kids. Amanda and her family have been a part of the Miss Libby’s family for three years. Her interest in coaching Ninja Warrior started when her oldest daughter trained and competed in ninja competitions. She has a passion for working with kids and looks forward to helping them grow and learn new skills.
Ninja Warrior Coach
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Allison P. Porter
Allison is a native of Sumter and a former student of Miss Libby Singleton. Her daughters Tiffani, Taylor and Tanner attended dance at Miss Libby’s for 20 years collectively. 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 position of General Manager.
Studio Office Manager
Katherine began dancing with Miss Libby at the age of two and continued for sixteen years. She was a member of Miss Libby’s Senior Company. She joined Miss Libby’s as a staff member in 2012, and loves coming to work everyday in the place that meant so much to her growing up.
Katherine is a graduate of Wilson Hall and a proud alumnus of Clemson University where she majored in Psychology. She is a member of the Sumter Junior Welfare League and volunteers as a youth leader at her church, First Presbyterian of Sumter. In her spare time, Katherine loves Clemson football, shopping, and going to the beach.
A lifetime resident of Sumter, Cindy began her career at Miss Libby’s in 1990. Miss Cindy loved her sixteen years of working with and getting to know the parents and many children who entered the doors at the studio. Her daughter, Dana, was a member of the original Rising Stars competition group. In 2006, Cindy accepted a position at Sumter Orthopedics, where she also loved helping patients with any of their needs; she retired in 2017. She was excited to be welcomed back to her former home at Miss Libby’s in May of 2017. She delights in seeing previous students now bringing their children in to experience the love of dance and/or gymnastics.
Miss Cindy is married to Eddie Baker. Together, they have a son, Tug, who lives in Columbia with his wife and their three-year-old son, Oscar. Their daughter, Dana Baker McCarty, is a resident of Durham, NC. She and her husband Brett have a three-year-old son, Micah, and a beautiful new baby, Lila Rose.
In her spare time, Miss Cindy enjoys working with her church and other ministries. She especially enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren.
Annex Office Manager
Anne has only been employed at Miss Libby’s for two years, but she is no stranger to the family. She first came as a dance mom, whose daughter, Noëlle, spent fourteen years training as a dancer. After retiring from the public school system as a music educator, she decided to continue serving the Sumter community through the Miss Libby's family.
Anne brings with her many years of experience in education, organization and inter-personal skills. You will most likely see her working at the Annex front desk.
KARATE/LADIES FITNESS STAFF
Sensei Charlie Myers
Charlie began training in the art of karate twenty-five years ago, under Sensei “Dr. Rock” Lewis. That afforded him the opportunity to learn many different aspects of martial arts. Over the years Charlie participated in many tournaments, demonstrations, seminars, and other functions that helped him hone his craft. Currently ranked as a 6th Degree Black Belt in American karate, Charlie also studies and hold ranks in other styles such as TaeKwonDo, Shotokan, Kali, Aikido and Kobudo.
Charlie has been teaching at Miss Libby’s School of Dance & Gymnastics for fifteen years. Charlie has also taught at several privately-owned schools, day care centers, public schools, and after-school programs in Sumter, Bishopville, Turbeville, Olanta, Lake City, and other surrounding locations.