Lindsey Priester: Owner/Choral director
Lindsey Priester is a former public school choral director in Columbia, South Carolina. She has dreamed of teaching show choir in South Carolina since her college days. She was actively involved in show choir during her high school years, and Carolina Alive vocal ensemble in college. She was a regular participant of the Show Choir Camps of America summer programs, as well as a choreographer for show choirs in Alabama. She studied commercial vocal performance at Belmont University, and danced for the Vanderbilt University dance team before transferring to The University of South Carolina to pursue music education with a choral emphasis. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music education from the University of South Carolina.
In addition to teaching, Lindsey has performed at Trustus theater in several musicals. Her past theatre credits include RENT (soloist/ensemble), Hair (Shelia) at Trustus Theatre and Rock of Ages (Justice Charlier). She resides in Columbia with her husband, Tyler, and two children.
Vicky Saye Henderson: Drama Director
Vicky Saye Henderson is a career working actor, vocalist, teaching artist, acting coach and yoga professional based in the Carolinas. Her life in the arts includes live stage, film, TV, voice-overs, commercials and concert performance. In the Midlands, she is a company member emeritus at Trustus Theatre where she began performing and teaching in 2002. From 2006-2012, she created and directed ReWired, Workshop Theatre’s teen improv and sketch comedy team. Vicky is on the Approved Teaching Artist roster through the SC Arts Commission and partners with schools for arts residencies in theatre, writing, mindfulness and yoga. In 2006, she received the SC Arts Commission’s 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship in Acting and was Jasper Magazine’s 2013 Artist of the Year in Theatre. Catch her on WLTX Channel 19 drawing the SC Educational Lottery numbers. She is also proud mom to son, Cullen.
Dominique Praylow: Dance Director
Dominique was born and raised in Irmo, SC, She grew up competing and training, for over 10 years, at The Southern Strutt. dance studio. She is a junior, political science major at The University of South Carolina. She has been choreographing competition solos, duets, trios, and group dances for Spring Hill Dance Company, her alma mater’s dance team. After 2 years, she now works closely with their rehearsals and technique training as Assistant Coach. Her vibrant personality creates an electric, positive energy in the classroom. As her first year teaching at Carolina Show Company, she says she is most excited about “creating an environment for her students to grow and express themselves”!
April Thomas and June Fanning: Acro/Tumbling Directors
June and April are sisters and seasoned gymnastics, cheer, and children's fitness instructors! For 18 years, the pair owned "April's Gymnastics Center" and "Fit for Life" gymnastics center and workout complex in Orangeburg, SC. The complex housed and trained both regional and national competitive gymnastic students from all over the state.
Whether it's a child's first kart wheel or an aerial (kart wheel without hands) , these two find such joy in positively motivating their students to achieve every goal! They are each safety certified in teaching tumbling/acrobatics.
CSC is so blessed to have two wonderful and experienced instructors joining our team to help build children's acrobatic and cheerleading skills.
Jordan Rice: Dance Instructor
Jordan is a Columbia, SC native, and a 2020 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and cognates in Dance and African American Studies. She started dancing at the age of 3, formally trained for 8 years and competed for 4 years. Jordan performed her first self-choreographed solo at 10 years old in the "Starbound Talent National Dance Competition", earning a High Gold Award.
Jordan’s favorite dance genre is jazz, but she is also experienced in the genres of ballet, tap, hip hop and even baton. She began teaching youth jazz and tap dance classes as a teenager. During her teaching of dance, she has provided opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to gain a love and appreciation for dance and expression through movement. She’s a guest choreographer at her former high school, A.C. Flora, and worked with college students towards a group dance performance for pageantry and choreography for dance camps. She has continued to choreograph for various on-campus events such as Back II Black, an annual Black History Month event, where she performed alongside fellow students. She was also a contestant in the Miss Black & Gold pageant, performing a solo dedicated to female empowerment.