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!
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.
Ali began dancing at S&S School of Dance when she was 3 years old and continued for 15 years under the direction of Stacy Roseberry. She took lessons in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tumbling. Additionally, she was a student assistant dance teacher for seven years, assisting with a variety of classes ranging from pre-dance to intermediate tap, jazz and tumbling. In 2018, Ali graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in Agribusiness from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and started her career as an internal auditor. She and her family love being back in Pittsfield where she currently works remotely for ADM and is ecstatic to be teaching at S&S School of Dance again!
Brittney 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.
Marilyn started taking dance lessons at age 2 in her hometown of Clarksville, MO. She began her competitive dance career there while in the first grade. Later, she continued dancing competitively for Aim High Elite in Troy, MO until graduating from high school in 2014. Throughout the years, Marilyn has competed and taken classes in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and ballet. She was also involved in club dance at the University of Missouri. Marilyn graduated from Lindenwood University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Arts in Education, focusing on early childhood education. Additionally, Marilyn’s experience includes participating in cheerleading throughout middle/high school at Clopton and college at Lindenwood, and she previously served as a high school cheerleading coach at Louisiana while also teaching first grade. Now she has moved to Pittsfield with her husband, Colton, and is excited to begin this journey with S&S!
Kaitlyn has been dancing at S&S since the age of three. This is her 14th and final year dancing at S&S as she is a senior at Pittsfield High School. She is currently training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and tap. Kaitlyn was a DIVA for two years, and is now in her second year of being a student assistant dance teacher for intermediate tap and jazz. She is the head captain of the Saukette dance team at Pittsfield High School and loves getting to dance while representing her school. Kaitlyn plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University after graduation to study Geology, Earth & Space sciences, and Missionary Studies! She hopes to find a studio near the campus to continue her love of dance and doing what she loves to do!
"I have loved every second spent at S&S and look forward to learning something new in every class, as well as getting to share that information with younger dancers!"
Sophie has been attending S&S School of Dance since the age of 3. This is currently her 13th year of dance at S&S. At some point in time she has trained in contemporary, ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, tumbling, hiphop, theater jazz, jazz funk, and dance explo. She has attended many summer clinics at S&S as well as Gem City Gymnastics & Tumbling in Quincy, IL. In Junior High, she was a part of the Poms dance team for two years, and a captain the second year. She is now a Junior at Pittsfield High School where she is involved as a FFA Officer, Student Council representative, and Saukette. She serves as a Junior Captain for the 2022-2023 Saukettes season. Sophie has been part of the D.I.V.A Program at S&S for 6 years. She is currently a student assistant for all tumbling classes at S&S School of Dance. She is beyond excited to work with all different age groups of tumbling students this year!
“My favorite thing about S&S is the positive environment we surround ourselves in. We use our words carefully and do not submerge ourselves into negative self-talk practices. We say please and thank you and respect our peers around us.”
Alexis began her dance journey at S&S School of Dance at the age of 3 under the direction of Stacy Roseberry, and has continued to further her dance education with Darci Heavner. While at S&S she has trained in a variety of styles including tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, contemporary, and pointe. In grade school, she participated in the PCS Poms, and is now a Saukette at Pittsfield High School. At S&S, she has been involved in the D. I. V. A. Program for 6 years, and is currently a student assistant.
"S&S has taught me much more than just proper dance techniques, and I am grateful to have been dancing and growing here for 13 years. It warms my heart to provide the wonderful experiences, and loving environment through assisting at S&S! "
Alyvia has been involved in dancing and tumbling since she was six years old. She danced at S&S at age six, until she decided she wanted to join a competitive tumbling and dance team at Steven’s School of Dance and Gymnastics in Jacksonville. She danced and tumbled until age 9 where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and pom, as well as being on a competitive team where she would go on to placing top ten out of 52 girls at the national competition. At age 10 she began training at Midstate Gymnastics Academy in Springfield, Illinois where she became a level 7 gymnast. Alyvia is a sophomore at Pittsfield High School where she is a member of the Saukette dance team, as well as training in tumbling and jazz at S&S. She is thrilled to be assisting in tumbling classes this year!