Ansley Cartee Minor ’17

The Clemson Young Alumni Council presented its Roaring10 award to Ansley Cartee Minor, co-owner of Carolina Superstars Baton and Dance in Anderson.

The award is given annually to 10 outstanding individuals who received undergraduate or graduate degrees from Clemson University within the past 10 years and who exemplify Clemson’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect. Recipients are recognized for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors.

Minor graduated from Clemson in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in management. During her time as a student, she was the featured twirler for Tiger Band and received the Carolyn Willis Creel Endowed Grant-in-Aid for the Clemson University Marching Band Majorettes.

Carolina Superstars Baton and Dance has more than 600 students, having doubled its clientele in the past 4 years. To accommodate that growth, the company moved from renting a small facility to owning a 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art studio.

Minor teaches dance, baton, ballet, tap and tumbling to students ages 2-18 and manages the company’s social media accounts, inventory and relationships with the parents of students.

She also coaches the Gold Medal winning Junior Olympics Baton Twirling Team, South Carolina State Champion Team, Southeastern Regional Champion Team and AAU Junior Olympic Gold Medalist. 

From 2009 to 2012, Minor was an ambassador from the United States to teach the Carnival twirling routine to baton twirlers in the Virgin Islands. She received a silver medal at the 2012 World Twirling Championship in Switzerland, representing Team USA, and she was the South Carolina State Twirling Champion from 2001 to 2012. 

In 2019, she participated in Rotary of Greater Anderson’s “Dancing for our Heroes” event. She and her partner represented AnMed Health and won the People’s Choice Award, raising over $35,000. In 2018, she received the Lee Tate Spirit of Clemson Award from the Anderson Area Clemson Club for being the best representative of the Clemson Spirit through passion, enthusiasm, dedication, and service.

For Clemson, she assists with coaching the current Tiger Band featured twirler, is social media chair for the Women’s Alumni Council and serves on the board of the Clemson University Tiger Band Association.


Members of the Clemson family nominate potential Roaring10 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Young Alumni Council. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall. 


The primary mission of the Clemson Young Alumni Council is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to young alumni. The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.