Crosby-Miller School of Dance is expanding in to additional space at 424 Hayne Avenue, just around the corner from our main facility in downtown Aiken, SC. Renovations are currently underway to transform the new space into first class dance studio and other facilities.
With this increase in studio space, Crosby-Miller School of Dance will have more options in adding classes and providing additional schedules, increasing space available for auditions and rehearsals, and other necessary improvements to keep Crosby-Miller School of Dance as the premiere dance school in Aiken, SC.
Crosby-Miller School of Dance is so proud of our dancers Adelle, Sydney and Sarah at the 5-week South Carolina Governors School Summer Program!
Both Adelle and Sydney have also been accepted to the year-long high school program in Ballet for 2015-2016.
We will miss you but so excited for you to follow your dream!
“Both of us are descendants of what he taught us,” Miller said. “Crosby was a great teacher, very old-school and traditional.” Jazz teacher Julie McLain is a long-time teacher who has been with school since 2011.
Amber Cumbee helped start the studio's competition team. The team has competed at competitions like the Hollywood Five and NYC Dance Alliance. Assistant instructors include Christa Ginn, Rose Boucher, Jessica Williamson and Sydney Maddox. These instructors are also studio students.
Guest instructors will sometimes visit the studio. Robert Poe, a former ballet student of Crosby's, returned to the school last August to teach a couple classes of his own.
Classes are available for ages 3 and older.
The Crosby-Miller School of Dance is located at 142 Greenville St.
For more information, visit www.crosbymillerdance.com or call 803-648-5771.
One part of Crosby's studio that Miller and the other teachers did not want to lose was the Aiken Civic Ballet Company, which Miller oversees. She joined the company when she was 13. It is divided in two sections – a junior company and a company. Both sections must be auditioned for, Miller said.
Productions it has performed is its annual “Nutcracker Ballet” and spring productions like “Sleeping Beauty” and “Alice in Wonderland.” It has performed at Hopelands Gardens and hosts an annual tea. This March, the Aiken Civic Ballet will present “Snow White.”
The ballet students are taught primarily a Cecchetti method, Miller said. Other classes at the Crosby-Miller school include tap and jazz classes and a competition team. Tap teacher Evelyn Beck studied under Crosby's direction with Miller.
Before Carl Crosby retired, he wanted to see his dance studio left to someone who could carry it on. His former student Diane Toole Miller signed on to the challenge.
Crosby taught at his Crosby School of Dance until about 2011, a year before he passed away.
“This was his life,” Miller said. His school still strives. Miller met Crosby when she was 8. She joined the Augusta Ballet company after college and danced with it for around 10 years.
Crosby and she always stayed in touch.
“He always said, 'When you are ready, I'm going to retire,” Miller said.
Around the mid-2000s, Miller became the school's new owner and artistic director.
“I haven't tried to change it much,” Miller said. “I think the place even still looks the same as he had it.”
Competition Team Leader Julia Wofford earned two High Gold awards at the Dance Educators of America ballet competition held in Durham, NC. Julia won her gold medals for her amazing performances in two dance solos: one ballet solo and one pointe solo.
The Crosby-Miller School of Dance Competition Team had a great weekend at the Dance Educators of America competition in Durham, NC. The team took home many awards including a first, third and fifth place in the overall Teen Group Category. They also received a "Pretty as a Picture" award for their fabulous costumes, overall appearance and stage presence.
Team Leader, Julia Wofford, also received the Citizenship Award and a full tuition scholarship to Nationals. Dance Instructor Amber Cumbee is the director of the team.