Faculty

Amber Cumbee, Owner/Director

Photo Credit: Sugar Peach Productions

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!

Raelynn Broadway, Office Manager

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Raelynn Broadway was born and raised in Pennsylvania and relocated to North Augusta, SC in 2012 with her husband and two children. Before joining the Tip Toes and Taps Staff as the Office Manager in 2014, Raelynn worked as an office assistant for Green Supreme, Inc. as well as a property manager for a housing community. She has an extensive background in customer service as well as office and managerial duties. We are blessed to be able to have Raelynn as an integral part of our faculty and studio family!

“Ms. Raelynn” says she is so thankful to be a part of the Tip Toes and Taps family! She enjoys the family-oriented environment, and feels blessed to be able to get to know so many wonderful people on a personal level. When she is not at the studio, Raelynn enjoys spending time with her family out in nature, playing games and making crafts. Her three grandchildren keep her busy and bring immense joy to her life. On Sunday’s, you can find Raelynn volunteering at True North Church by serving coffee and welcoming other members and visitors. Regardless of where she is, Raelynn loves helping others. She is always helping our students as if they were her own children and is a wonderful mentor to the young ladies in our studio. We couldn’t live without Ms. Raelynn and appreciate all she does for our studio and studio family.

Beverlee Nichols, Dance Teacher

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 North Carolina for six 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” has remained on faculty at Tip Toes and Taps as our Move With Me teacher. 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.

Iris Nichols, Dance Teacher

Iris Nichols is a Sophomore at the University of South Carolina Aiken, pursuing a career in teaching. She has been dancing since she could walk and has trained formally in all genres of dance for over 16 years. Iris holds multiple titles, including the inaugural “Miss U.S. Armed Forces Teen” and the former “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 be teaching and choreographing now as well. When she is not studying or dancing, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her dog, family and friends.

Emily Mims, Dance Teacher

Emily Mims is currently a Senior at the University of South Carolina Aiken studying Graphic Design. She has been dancing since the age of three—a total of 19 years in 7 different genres of dance. She also has a background in musical theatre, starring in many musicals like “Hairspray,” and helping backstage as assistant stage manager.  Emily takes part in the USC Aiken Spirit Squad and has been a member of the team since 2019. Emily studied dance at local studios and with the Columbia College Dance Company. She attended the acGATEWAY program for five years and was the first student to ever receive the “Joseph Laorenza Award” for artistic excellence. 

“Ms. Emily” is very excited to be a part of the Tip Toes and Taps family and is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance with others. When she is not dancing, Emily enjoys painting, practicing her photography skills, and spending time with her family.

Ariana Harmon, Tumbling Coach

Ariana Harmon is a Junior at Augusta University. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Ariana grew up in Hazlehurt, GA where she joined a recreational cheer squad at the young age of five. She joined a competitive squad by the age of 11 and went on to compete annually with her Highschool team, as captain, at the GHSA Cheerleading State Championships. Ariana has been awarded the 2AA All-Region Cheerleader title, as well as a FCA Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl All-American Cheerleader title.

“Ms. Ariana” is more than happy to be a part of the Tips Toes and Taps faculty. With over eight years of competitive cheerleading and tumbling experience, she is eager to share her knowledge and love for the sport with her students. Whenever she has spare time, Ariana enjoys the excitement of traveling and helping others.

Assistants

Karis Altringer (Tip Toes and Taps Alumni)

Junior Company Members

Izabella Black, Bella Capozzoli and Leah Cook

Senior Company Members

Brianna Lawrence, Aubrey Mobley, Marlie Powell, and Olivia Whitesides