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 Provo, Utah. Miss Libby is the studio co-owner and the School Director. 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!
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.
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 began dancing at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped yet. Jamila spent 5 years in the pre-professional ballet company, Eboni Dance Theatre, before relocating to Sumter, SC and joining Miss Libby’s. She was a founding member of the Rising Stars Competition team and a member of her high school dance and cheer teams. After high school, Jamila attended NC State University, where she was a member of its nationally ranked dance team. Jamila has performed during half-time at the NFL Pro-Bowl in Hawaii and danced professionally with NHL and NAFL dance teams. As a choreographer and judge with Champion Cheer and Dance, Jamila had the pleasure of traveling around the country teaching dance camps and choreography for numerous high school dance teams, and judging cheer and dance competitions. Today, she teaches solo, duo/trio, and group dances at various dance studios throughout North and South Carolina and her choreography consistently receives overall awards and high score achievements. Jamila is currently the director of The Crew Hip Hop Team here at Miss Libby’s and is always excited to share her love of hip-hop to eager students.
Alyssa began her dance training in Columbia, SC at Footnotes dance studio where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap. She continued her dance education at Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet and Center for Dance Education where she performed in numerous classical ballets. Alyssa participated in Richland Northeast High School’s Palmetto Center for the Arts program studying dance and had the opportunity to lead in multiple ballets, including Coppelia and The Little Mermaid, as well as participating in many musical theater productions. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a major in Chemistry, a minor in Dance, and a 2021 Masters in Teaching graduate. Alyssa has taught at multiple studios in the greater Columbia area and is also a Science teacher at Dreher High School. Miss Libby’s is so fortunate to welcome Alyssa to our ballet faculty as she shares her
passion for dance with her students.
Sammie has been a member of the Miss Libby's family since she began dancing at three years old. She is an Air Force brat and a senior at Wilson Hall School. Sammie is currently a member of the Senior Company performance team and a Super Star in the Rising Stars
competition dance team here at Miss Libby's. She has received training
in various styles of dance as well as singing, acting, lighting, and sound
throughout her 15 years of exploring the performing arts. Most recently, Sammie performed in Sumter Little Theatre’s production of
Mamma Mia. Look for her onstage at Miss Libby's recitals, Rising Stars dance competitions, and with the Senior Company at other community events. We know she will inspire her students with a love of dance and a sense of family.
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. She currently serves as the Director of The Companies at Miss Libby’s.
Jennifer also choreographs holiday programs and school district events.
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.
Camilla has been dancing at Miss Libby’s for 14 years. She dances everyday as a member of The Company performance group and the Rising Stars competition team. Camilla has performed with the Columbia City Ballet and most recently in the Sumter Little Theater musical, Mamma Mia. She has trained as a dance assistant for the last 6 years and we are excited to have her on our teaching team for the second season. Her classes will focus on coordination and rhythm introduced in creative and imaginative ways.
We are excited to add Natalie to our teaching team this season! She started dancing at Miss Libby’s as a two-year-old and is now a member of The Company performance group, the Rising Star dance competition team, and our hip hop team The Crew. Natalie has performed in The Nutcracker with the Columbia City Ballet and the musical Mamma Mia with the Sumter Little Theater. When she’s not
at Miss Libby’s you can look for her at the Sumter High School games as a member of the Sumter High dance team.
Elite Stars Coach
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!
Gymnastics Coach/School Age 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 10 gymnastics judge with twenty-five years of coaching experience. Katie is also currently a board member for SC Gymnastics as the Optional Level Representative. Katie is married to Rick Jones and they have two daughters, Karsen and Ryann and their son, Thomas.
Bio to come shortly
Heidi was born and raised in California and is now proud to call Sumter her home. Her passion for gymnastics began 15 years ago when her daughter’s started participating. Miss Libby’s has been fortunate to have Heidi on our coaching staff for the last 7 years. When Heidi isn’t coaching at Miss Libby’s she’s teaching physical education full-time at Lakewood High School. Both of her daughters are active in dance and gymnastics. Ambria grew up at Miss Libby’s and is a current Senior at USC on the Carolina Girls Dance Team. Ally is a SHS varsity cheerleader, and a member of the Company, Crew, and Rising Stars at Miss Libby’s.
We know your gymnast will have fun while learning new skills with Coach Heidi.
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
Head Coach/Elite Stars Director
Bio to come shortly
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 Syracuse, 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 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 is in her second season of coaching at Sumter Ninja Warrior. She has a background in gymnastics, and loves getting to hang out with kids (especially when it involves athletics)! She most recently spent the summer as a counselor at Tracy's Camp, and in her free time, enjoys playing instruments and being with her friends and family. Kasey’s positive, full loving, and encourage attitude inspires each ninja every time they enter the gym.
Ninja Warrior Coach
Sean has served in the United States Air Force for 14.5 years. He grew up in Wisconsin, then the Air Force took him to Hill AFB, Utah for 9 years, then back to Wisconsin for four years due to a special duty recruiting assignment. Sean’s family moved to South Carolina in November 2019, and they love being in the south! Coach Sean comes from a very athletic background and has been involved in sports programs with my three children for the last 10 years. Sean is married to my wife Charity and have three children (Brydon, Cayson, and Kinsley) who all attend Miss Libby’s. His ninja warrior classes focus on strengthening your mind as well as your body through perseverance, safety, determination, discipline, hard work, and most of all, having fun!
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
You can bet you’ve seen Carleigh in the Sumter Ninja Warrior gym. She has been in Ninja Warrior classes for 7 years. Carleigh is one of the original members of the Sumter Ninja Warrior competition team and recently placed in the top 35 at the World Ninja Finals. When she’s not in the ninja gym she’s usually spending time with her 5 siblings and her dog "Wyatt". We know your ninja will love Carleigh’s ability to energize & motivate everyone that steps into the SNW gym.
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.
AshLee danced at Miss Libby’s for years and we’re excited to have her join our Office Staff in 2014. While working at Miss Libby’s, she attended USC-Upstate and obtained her degree in Elementary Education. AshLee joined the 3rd Grade Team at Kingsbury Elementary School in 2018. She enjoys volunteering in the community as a member of the Sumter Junior Welfare League and keep an eye out for AshLee singing and performing at different events around Sumter. She’s an avid Disney lover and you can catch her in the Most Magical Place on Earth whenever she gets the chance. AshLee loves animals, shopping, and working out.
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 been employed at Miss Libby’s since 2016. She first came to us 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.
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.