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.
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.