Owner Darci Heavner grew up dancing in Pittsfield, Illinois at S&S School of Dance under the direction of Stacy Roseberry. While there, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, and acrobatics as well as assisted in the classroom where she developed her love for teaching. This passion lead her to Oklahoma City University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in American Dance Pedagogy. While studying dance at OCU, Darci performed with the American Spirit Dance Company and in many student choreography shows. Along with many dance technique classes, she took courses in ballet, tap, and jazz pedagogy, choreography for dance studios and stage, dance studio management and technology, and history of dance to name a few. Darci graduated Summa Cum Laude from OCU in 2017 and earned many awards, including Most Promising American Dance Teacher Major award for two years and Outstanding Graduating American Dance Teacher Award. While in central Oklahoma, she had the pleasure of teaching at local dance studios, including the Community Dance Academy, Dance Unlimited, and Sweet Yield Studio. During her time in Oklahoma City, Darci also fell in love with fitness and got certified as a barre3 instructor. Darci served as the Director of Dance at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City for three years. Darci purchased S&S School of Dance in February of 2021 from Stacy Roseberry. She is ecstatic to lead S&S in a fresh new direction and continue offering a quality dance education and experience to the Pike County community!
Stacy Roseberry discovered her passion for dance at a very young age while studying under her mother at Marcia’s School of Dance in Pittsfield, Illinois. She was trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics. It was there that she began her teaching career as an assistant instructor. Shortly thereafter Stacy sought additional training in Acrobatics, Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, and Adagio under Louise Williams as well as professional gymnastics instruction under Russian coach Mr. Gaisa Martini through the United States Gymnastics Association. She opened S&S School of Dance in 1974 with partner Shirley Lowe. In 1981 Stacy became the sole proprietor. She has continued her dance education through countless hours of lessons from numerous professional dancers and choreographers from all over the United States. She is certified in Pre-School Fundamentals Theory for ages 1-8. Stacy recently sold S&S School of Dance to Darci Heavner after 47 years in business, and is thrilled to continue working with the pre-dance and tumbling classes at the studio.
Jade began dancing at S&S School of dance when she was 2½. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling and Pointe under the instruction of her mother, Stacy, for 15 years. Jade attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish, as well as an M.A. degree in Teaching. In her coursework at Wash U, she studied ballet, jazz, and tap dance, as well as nutrition and dietetics and applied anatomy for performing artists. In addition to her university coursework, she continued her dance education through regular classes in tap, ballet, and contemporary at the Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA) while also teaching for two local studios. During this time, Jade focused most of her energy on her tapping. She took classes from tap greats such as Roland Dupree and Arthur Duncan and choreographed competitive tap, jazz, and hip hop routines for local studios, receiving awards for innovative choreography. While Jade loves to dance, her passion is for teaching. In 2005, she coordinated the summer dance program at Lochearn Camp for Girls in addition to instructing most of the program’s classes. She is certified in the Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction by USA Gymnastics, the sole national governing board of the sport of gymnastics in the United States. She is grateful to be back dancing and teaching at her home studio.
Brittney Frieden is a graduate of Bradley University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She teaches Kindergarten at South School in Pittsfield and has worked with children in early education settings for 12 years. Brittney’s training includes 15 years at S&S School of Dance in Jazz, Tap, Tumbling, and Ballet and Pointe, as well as gymnastics training at Laina’s Dance Academy in Jacksonville, IL. In addition to her formal training, being a cheerleader for 5 years allowed her various opportunities to pursue ongoing classes in gymnastics and dance. Brittney is certified in the Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction through USA Gymnastics.
Katelin started dancing at S&S at 2 ½ and continued to do so for 15 years. In addition to taking lessons in Jazz, Tap, Ballet/Pointe, and Tumbling, she also served as a Student Assistant for 3 years. She danced with the PCS Pom squad and PHS Saukettes, where she helped lead the team to a state title in the Pom A Division. She continued to perform in college for the Culver Stockton Classy Cats. Katelin then took on a coaching position for the PCS Poms in 2010. She graduated from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and is currently employed by Dot Foods. Katelin has recently honed her skills through Hip Hop classes at Lou Conte Dance Studio (an affiliate of Hubbard Street Dance) in Chicago, IL.
Libby started dancing at age 6 through a YWCA ballet program. She continued in ballet, tap, pointe, and tumbling at Fremont Ballet School in Fremont, OH and Dance Arts in Stevensville, MI. As a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, she volunteered with an after-school music & motion program and performed with the college’s Dance Guild. After working 7 years as a high school science teacher and guidance counselor, she moved to Pittsfield with her husband Zack in 2013. She is now raising their three sons and giving piano lessons out of her home in addition to teaching adult education at John Wood Community College. This is Libby’s sixth year as an Assistant Instructor at S&S School of Dance.
Emily is currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for English Education and plans on pursuing a degree in dance as well. She started dancing at S&S when she was three years old training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and tumbling. Emily was in the DIVA program at the studio at age 12 and became a student assistant when she turned 16. Along with her formal training, she was a cheerleader at Pleasant Hill High School for three years and a captain for one. Emily is beyond excited to be working as a student assistant with everyone at S&S.