Carl Crosby is a native of South Carolina. Carl's early training was in Columbia, SC, where he was considered for many years the outstanding male dancer in the state. He studied extensively in New York under such renowned instructors as Leon Fokine, Maggie Black, Valentine Pereyaslaveek, Igor Scwezoff, and many others.
He danced on Broadway in several musicals and performed on television in the New York area. While in the military he taught dance for the USO. Carl founded the Crosby School of Dance in the 1950's and was director of the school for over 50 years. He also taught dance in the Aiken County Schools and at the University of South Carolina - Aiken.
Carl received a Certificate of Merit from the Governor of South Carolina and an award from the director of the South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts in recognition of the superior training he gave his students. He served on the Dance Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Arts Commission for several years. Many of Carl's students how dance professionally throughout the United States and Europe.
After graduation, Amber put her degree to good use by joining the Aiken County‘s Gifted And Talented Education With Artistic Youth (acGATEWAY) faculty in 2008 as a dance teacher; becoming an integral part of the staff for seven years. She has also worked with several high schools in the CSRA choreographing for pageants, dance teams, and school productions of musicals such as Disney’s High School Musical.
Amber joined the Crosby-Miller School of Dance faculty in 2009 where she teamed up with the owner/artistic director and formed the studio's first competitive dance team. She has continued to lead the team to victory ever since. In 2012, Amber began teaching dance classes at East Aiken School of the Arts where she focuses on dance technique and vocabulary with elementary children in the after school program. Amber plans to continue to live out her dreams by sharing her love for the art of dance with others through dance education.
Julie has taught in Newberry County Public Schools, Aiken County Public Schools, Aiken’s First Baptist Kindergarten, and Aiken Preparatory school. She has experience teaching grades kindergarten through seventh grade. Julie continues to enjoy dancing as a hobby through teaching, and participating in adult dance classes.
Amber Cumbee began dancing at the age of two in Charleston, SC. She moved to Aiken, SC at the age of seven and continued taking dance at Aiken Ballet where she was a member of the ballet company and competition team. During her time there, she performed in several well-known ballets such as The Little Mermaid. Amber also attended numerous dance and talent competitions winning many awards and even some cash prizes for overall scores.
She has taken several master classes and attended workshops taught by professional dance instructors/choreographers from around the world. Amber began her teaching career by assisting dance classes at the age of twelve; she became responsible for her own classes the very next year. Amber 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.
Julie McLain’s love of dance and teaching experience led her to join the staff at Crosby’s Dance Studio as a jazz instructor in 2011. Julie, an Aiken native, began dancing at the age of 5. She spent much of her time in a dance studio throughout her elementary and high school years.
For eight years, Julie performed with a local dance company and traveled the southeast dancing competitively. In 1997, Ms. McLain graduated from Newberry College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2004, she received a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University.
Evelyn Mappus Beck studied dance under Carl Crosby for fifteen years. She was a member of the Aiken Civic Ballet for many years and she has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University. While at Clemson, she danced and taught dance with the Clemson Dancers. She has taught in several South Carolina dance studios. Evelyn has also taught fitness classes for the city of Aiken for the past 27 years.
In 1982 Diane auditioned for and joined the Augusta Ballet under the direction of Ron Colton (formerly of the New York City Ballet) and Zanne Colton. As a member of the Augusta Ballet, she performed many roles in the Nutcracker, including: the Dew Drop Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish Dancer, Bo Peep, Snowflakes and the Party Scene. She also performed in Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Giselle, Tilt by Stanley Zompakos; Episodes and Symphony 13 by Duncan Noble; and the Augusta Ballet's first Balanchine ballet, Valse Fantasie - among many others.
Diane has worked with teacher Ron Cunningham and choreographer Duncan Nobles of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Tom Pazik of the Atlanta Ballet, and Victoria Simon of the New York City Ballet. She has attended and performed at several Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival Galas in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and continued graduate studies toward a Masters in Education afterwards.
By 1986, Diane became a Dance Lecturer at University of South Carolina - Aiken and spent several years there teaching Beginning and Intermediate Ballet. In 2006 she became the owner and artistic director of the Crosby School of Dance and continues the tradition started by Carl Crosby with the Crosby-Miller School of Dance.
In 2008 Diane attended summer training in Taos, NM with Jilliana (formerly of the New York City Ballet) to study the Balanchine Technique and Balanchine Style of ballet. Most recently, in 2013 Diane attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher's workshop under Marcia Dale Weary.
Diane is a native of Aiken, SC who started studying dance under Carl Crosby at age 8 and by age 13 became a member of the Aiken Civic Ballet Company. At age 17 she was crowned Miss South Carolina in the 1978 Miss South Carolina Pageant in Greenville, SC and was a Talent Award Winner. At the Miss America pageant the same year in Atlantic City, NJ, she also received Talent Award Winner and was a recipient of the Talent Scholarship for her performance of the ballet Pas de Quatre.
While attending college in Spartanburg, SC, Diane performed with both the Spartanburg Civic Ballet and the Orchesis Modern Dance Theater. She performed for several years with the Miss South Carolina Pageant Dancers, dancing both jazz and ballet for live and television audiences.