Amber Cumbee, Owner/Director
Amber Cumbee began dancing at age two in Charleston, SC. She moved to Aiken, SC at the age of seven and continued studying dance at Aiken Ballet where she soon became a member of the Aiken Ballet’s Performing Company and Competition Team. She has taken numerous master classes and attended workshops taught by professional dance instructors and choreographers from around the world. Ms. Cumbee began her teaching career by assisting dance classes at age twelve. The following year, she gained the responsibility of teaching and choreographing for her own classes. In 2003, at age 15, Amber was accepted and sponsored by Millie Lewis Modeling and Talent Agency in Savannah, GA. While under the tutelage of Millie Lewis, she attended the American Modeling and Talent Convention where she was invited to work for various talent scouts from all over America. Amber continued to attend numerous dance and talent competitions winning many awards for overall scoring. She decided to further her dance education by attending the University of South Carolina where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. In 2008, Amber utilized her degree by joining the faculty of acGATEWAY (Aiken County‘s Gifted And Talented Education With Artistic Youth) as a dance teacher, where she became an integral part of the staff for five years. She then joined the Crosby-Miller School of Dance faculty in 2009 where she teamed up with their owner/artistic director and formed the studio’s first competitive dance team. She lead the team to victory for 9 years. Amber has also worked with several schools in the CSRA teaching and choreographing for fine arts and after school programs, pageants, dance teams, and school productions of musicals – one of her favorites was High School Musical.
“Ms. Amber” joined the Tip Toes and Taps faculty in 2017 as the Performing Company and Competition Team Director. She immediately fell in love with the family-friendly atmosphere and knew she had found her forever studio home. In 2019 she was presented with the opportunity to take over as Director of the studio, which she considered a blessing and dream come true. Ms. Cumbee plans to continue to live out her dreams by sharing her passion and love for the art of dance with others through dance education. When she’s not at the studio, Amber enjoys furthering her own dance education. She also loves spending time with family, friends, and her sweet fur-babies. Amber loves to travel and have new experiences when she can. For her next big adventure, she plans to become a certified scuba diver so she can explore the vast underwater world!
Beverlee Nichols, Preschool Dance Director
Beverlee Powell Nichols graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Dance Education/Technique and Performance in 1990. Since that time she served as choreographer and instructor at Governor’s School East in NC for 6 years. She worked as a dance artist specialist in the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Arts Infusion program at Evans Elementary in Evans, GA, Aiken Elementary in Aiken, SC, and Redcliffe Elementary in Beech Island, SC. She also taught and choreographed for the Aiken Civic Ballet Company, the Aiken Ballet, and Aiken Arts Camp. She has also judged several dance and talent competitions. Now retired, Ms. Nichols served as director of Tip Toes and Taps Dance Studio from 1995-2019.
“Ms. Bev” is staying on faculty at Tip Toes and Taps as our Preschool Dance Director. She is also an integral part of our parents day out program, Tiny Explorers Club. When she isn’t at the studio, Beverlee enjoys cooking, reading, creating custom costumes, community outreach and spending time with her loved ones and dog, Gia.
Kallie Dever, Contemporary Teacher
Kallie Dever is an Atlanta, GA native that began dancing at the young age of three. After training and competing with numerous Metro Atlanta dancers for 12 years, she graduated from her home studio and began dancing for a professional dance company in Atlanta. It was there that she realized her true love for contemporary dance and choreographing. Kallie relocated to Augusta to finish college and ultimately become a Physician Assistant.
“Ms. Kallie” is honored to be a part of the Tip Toes and Taps faculty, teaching contemporary and adult dance. Aside from teaching, dancing and going to school, Kallie enjoys spending time with her fiancé and fur baby.
Iris Nichols, Elementary Dance Teacher
Iris Nichols is a senior at North Augusta High School where she is in the top 6% of her class. She has been dancing since she could walk and has trained formally in all genres of dance for nearly 15 years. Iris holds multiple titles, including the inaugural “Miss U.S. Armed Forces Teen” and the “Distinguished Young Woman of North Aiken County.” She was a “Senior Female Best Dancer Finalist” at The Dance Awards in Las Vegas and a “Jump VIP” at the Jump Dance Convention in Greenville, SC. Iris has also been awarded the “National Top Teen Soloist” award at StarLand Dance Productions as well as the “Preliminary Fitness”, “Preliminary Talent”, and “Top 8” awards at the Distinguished Young Women of South Carolina scholarship program.
“Ms. Iris” has grown up dancing at Tip Toes and Taps and is excited to teach elementary ballet and jazz this year. When she is not studying or dancing, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her boyfriend and friends.
Skylar Pettigrew, Dance Assistant
Skylar Pettigrew is a senior at North Augusta High School. Upon graduation, she plans to attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia to major in Biology with a minor in Dance. Skylar is ultimately looking forward to pursuing a career in the medical field. She began her dance training at the age of 11 right here at Tip Toes and Taps. She immediately fell in love with the art of dance and has continued pursuing her passion with us ever since. She is a member of our Senior Performing Company and Stars Competition Team.
“Ms. Skylar” is overjoyed to be assisting Ms. Amber in teaching dance classes to students ranging from Preschool through Pre-Company. Some of her passions outside of dance include art, reading, and traveling. In her free time she enjoys hiking, listening to music, and hanging out with close friends.
Cara Chiswell, Dance/Tumbling Assistant
Cara is a junior at Westminster Schools of Augusta where she enjoys singing, acting and dancing. She is also a member of the Senior Company at Tip Toes and Taps, which has been her dance home for 12 years. While her favorite style of dance is tap, she also enjoys taking ballet, pointe, lyrical and contemporary classes.
“Ms. Cara” teaches all ages at the studio and enjoys getting to know the kids while watching their love for the art of dance and tumbling grow. In her spare time she enjoys writing, singing, acting, dancing, reading lots of books and watching copious amounts of jeopardy.
Nathan Sweigart, Tumbling Coach
Nathan Sweigart is originally from Ohio and has called several states “home” prior to moving to the area in 2010 after obtaining his Masters in Mathematics from UNC Charlotte. Throughout high school and college, he spent ten years on Acro-Gymnastics and tumbling teams, learning both team and individual skills under the direction of a two time Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championship finalist. For six of those years, he also learned and practiced techniques for teaching those skills to others.
“Mr. Nathan” has been coaching tumbling here at Tip Toes and Taps since 2016 in addition to his full-time job, teaching Mathematics to college students at Georgia Military College. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming, attending church and going to the park with his wife and son.
Courtney Miller, Tumbling Coach
Courtney Miller currently lives in Clarks Hill, SC with her two children. Throughout middle and high school, she traveled with her competitive cheer squad, Southern Mpact Athletics, achieving first place and national titles at numerous competitions in the southeast. In 2009, Courtney graduated from the University of South Carolina in Aiken with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduation, she worked as an office manager at her father’s dental practice in Augusta, GA for seven years. Courtney later decided to be a stay at home mother after her first child was born.
“Ms. Courtney” joined our Tip Toes and Taps faculty in December 2019. Having many years of experience in gymnastics, dance and tumbling, she is eager to share her love for tumbling with children of all ages, while aiding them in achieving their goals in class. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her kids, going to church, reading, farming, cooking and working out.
Christi McClintock, Tiny Explorers Club Director
Christi McClintock has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop University. After over a decade in Healthcare management, she changed careers in 2011 and became the Office Manager at Tip Toes and Taps for three years, where her love of working with children blossomed. Currently she serves as the Program Coordinator for Grace United Methodist’s after school “Kids Club” program. Christi is also Director of Grace’s drama program. She has extensive experience in all areas of creative arts. After appearing in multiple stage roles, Ms. McClintock recently made the transition to film, and can be seen in the 2018 film, The Mule.
“Ms. Christi” has joined the Tip Toes and Taps faculty once again as Director of our parents day out program, Tiny Explorers Club. In her spare time, Christi enjoys acting, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and snuggling her two kitties.