hazel cartee bio 2022Hazel Cartee

Hazel is the owner of Carolina Superstars Baton & Dance. She is a graduate of Anderson University where she earned her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has taught baton and dance in the area for over 45 years and has devoted her life to working with children. Hazel coached the Clemson University Tiger Twirlers for over 30 years along with coordinating the Clemson University Tiger Dancers. Hazel has had numerous teams and solo twirlers win National titles over the years. She judges dance and baton competitions across the nation. She has helped many young girls reach their goals in the areas of baton and dance. She has immense experience in recreational and competitive class environments. Her love for children and desire to see them develop a positive self-image makes her an incredible teacher.

Ansley Cartee Minor

Ansley graduated Clemson in 2017 with a degree in business management and a minor in athletic leadership. Ansley was the Clemson Feature Twirler and even twirled at the National Championship game where the Clemson football team won the national title. During her time as Feature Twirler she was named Miss TigerTime 2016 and awarded the Lee Tate Spirit of Clemson award. Ansley received the ROARING 10 award for being one of ten most distinguished Clemson graduates in the last 10 years. Ansley’s background in dance & baton goes back far before Clemson though! Prior to attending Clemson University, Ansley won the title of Miss Majorette of America. In 2011 she won the National Twirling Championships. This placed her on Team USA. She traveled to Switzerland in 2012 for the World Baton Twirling Championships and received a silver medal. Her twirling abilities allowed her to receive the Carolyn Creel Feature Twirler Scholarship to Clemson University. Ansley now lives in Anderson with her husband and two dogs!
Ansley loves sharing her love for baton and dance with her students! She says she absolutely loves and adores all of her students and the relationships she has made with them! Her favorite part about being on staff at Carolina Superstars is seeing the impact her mother, Hazel Cartee, has had on so many young lives! Ansley wants to continue her mother’s life work by creating a pathway for her students to excel in all areas as well as loving each student like they were her own child!

marilla riggsMarilla Riggs

Marilla graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah University in 2014. Starting her 5th season this fall, Marilla is  the coach of the Clemson Tiger Dancers, where she choreographs and leads a 19 member team through Death Valley performances along side the Clemson Tiger Band. Previously teaching at Carolina Superstars for 4 years prior to moving to Spartanburg in 2020, she is excited to be returning to the studio and students she dearly loves.

From the young age of 3 in East Tennessee, Marilla has trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Also training in musical theatre, she performed in famous productions including High School Musical, Hairspray, and Seussical at a regional theatre. After college, Marilla lived in D.C. where she worked for a professional dance company, taught dance in multiple studios, and performed with a Grammy winning artist. Now residing in Spartanburg with her husband, 2 children, and 2 pups, Marilla strives to share her love of dance and performance with the next generation.

Alexandrya PooreAlexandrya Poore

Alexandrya Poore is from Anderson, SC and is currently majoring in business management with aspirations to have her own business one day. She has been twirling and dancing for 16 years and has competitively twirled since she was 8 years old. She currently is a Tiger Twirler at Clemson University and is so excited for this upcoming season as a sophomore! Alex hopes as a teacher that she inspires and motivates each girl to work for their dreams and goals. She is so excited to to get to know each of her students and start this new journey as a baton and dance teacher!

nicole chambersNicole Chambers

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Nicole Chambers to our Carolina Superstars staff as an instructor! Nicole danced and twirled under Hazel as a child where she learned invaluable life skills along with broadening her dance & baton background! Nicole has been working at the studio in various capacities since her own child started taking at a young age! For the last 15 years, Nicole has assisted Carolina Superstars by being our recital coordinator, working the front counter, & teaching classes. Nicole received her Bachelors of the Arts degree from Anderson University in human services and Paralegal. Nicole says her goal when teaching is to make sure each child feels welcomed and that each child leaves class knowing they learned and had fun in class! We are honored to welcome Nicole as an instructor!

Berkley BryantBerkley Bryant

Berkley is a senior at Clemson University and member of the Clemson University Tiger Dancers, Tour Guide Association, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She has been dancing since the age of three, and her passion for dance has grown ever since. Most recently, she placed as 1st runner up to Miss South Carolina 2022 and was awarded the evening gown preliminary award. She represented our state as Miss South Carolina Teen 2018 and was a Two-Time Preliminary Talent Winner and Rachel Wyatt Overall Dance Scholarship recipient at the state level for her tap solo. She went on to place as a Top 9 Finalist in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida where she was one of only three dancers among the top nine as well as the Overall National Miracle Maker for Childen’s Miracle Network. She was a 4-Year Varsity Letterman in high school for Spirit and Competitive Cheerleading, a Palmetto Fellows Scholar, and a Two-Time UCA All American. She is so happy to be on staff at Carolina Superstars again this year!

Grayson LambGrayson Lamb

Grayson is originally from Pickens, SC. She is currently a junior at Clemson University majoring in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, she has plans to teach early primary grades at a local elementary school. Grayson has had a passion for dance since taking her first ballet class at her mom’s studio at the age of 3. In high school, Grayson was a member of the award-winning Senior Dance Company at Dancers Corner in Greer, SC, where she trained in all styles of dance and had the opportunity to work with various choreographers from across the country. In her 18 years of dancing, she has received scholarships to local regional and national dance conventions and competitions for her technique and performance. Grayson has also been given the opportunity to continue her dance career at Clemson by dancing in Death Valley as a Clemson Tiger Dancer. Grayson is thrilled to be apart of the Carolina Superstars family and share her love for dance with her students!

baylie phillipsBaylie Phillips

Baylie is from Hartwell, Georgia and has been twirling and dancing since she was two years old. Baylie is currently a third year Clemson University Tiger Twirler and a Pre-Pharmacy major. Baylie has been competitively twirling since she was 6. She has won many titles recently including 2022 College Miss Majorette of Georgia which advanced her to the nation baton twirling competition in Notre Dame where she placed top 5 in multiple events. Baylie loves to share her passion of baton and dance with little ones.

Caitlyn LaveryCaitlyn Lavery

Caitlyn is from Anderson, South Carolina. She has been a part of Carolina Superstars for 15 years. She has been on our award winning senior elite team which received a gold medal at Junior Olympics this past summer. She was also a part of our 2021 South Carolina State Champion Senior Elite Team. Caitlyn also recently received the honor of being named captain of our senior competition dance team for her excellent leadership and inclusion of others. She excels in all areas of dance and baton but says her favorite style of dance is jazz and Pom. Her passion for teaching has blossomed in the last few years. She has been assisting under Ms. Ansley for two years and started teaching classes of her own this past summer. One of the qualities we admire most about Caitlyn is her ability to love and nurture the students. She makes each student feel loved while teaching her classes which is truly a quality to be admired! We are excited about having Ms. Caitlyn on staff at Carolina Superstars!

gracie williamsGracie Williams

Gracie Williams is from Pendleton, South Carolina. You’ll see Gracie at the front counter usually but she is also an amazing class assistant! Gracie is an outstanding competitive baton twirler and dancer. She is the reigning South Carolina State Champion in Solo, Strut, 2 Baton, & Freestyle. This past summer Gracie won the advance age 14 solo at Nationals at Notre Dame University! She also qualified for the World Championships in Liverpool, England in 2023 in artistic twirl! We love having Gracie on staff at Carolina Superstars!