About Us

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 several Alabama show choirs. 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.

Sarah Kate Calcutt: Theatre director

Sarah Kate is the Theatre Educator at Lexington Middle School teaching 6th-8th graders in both Theatre and Musical Theatre. She has directed musicals, plays and original pieces while at Lexington including Annie Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and The Wizard of Oz. She has also been involved with Workshop Theatre, Assistant Directing Hairspray Jr., and stage-managing Frozen Jr.

Sarah Kate holds a BA in Theatre for Youth with a minor in Dance from the College of Charleston and a Masters in Theatre Education from the University of South Carolina.

You can often find her cheering on her Gamecocks at football games. Some of her favorite things include diet cokes, elephants, and watching Netflix.

Sarah Kate is thrilled about joining the Columbia Show Company and cannot wait to share of joy of theatre with students of all ages.


Katie Tribble: Dance Director

Katie began her dance training at age 3 studying Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern dance. At age twelve, Katie auditioned and was accepted into the conservatory based ballet and modern dance training program at the residential high school, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (“the Governors School”), in Greenville, South Carolina. There, she received mentoring and coaching in the Vaganova technique system from Stanislav Issaev and Irina Ushakova. Additionally, she studied the Martha Graham Modern dance technique from Miriam Barbosa. After graduation, Katie attended the University of South Carolina and studied Balanchine technique under the direction of Stacy Calvert and Susan Anderson.

Currently, Katie is the Dance Education teacher at Lexington Middle School. There, she teaches Dance and Musical Theatre. She has directed Mary Poppins and Peter Pan and choreographed The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr., Flat Stanley, Fame Jr., and the Little Mermaid Jr. Additionally, she is the head coach of an award winning competitive dance team, and has provided private coaching to several competitive dance students around the Columbia/Lexington area. She has taught and offered Master Classes with several local competitive studios. Additionally, she choreographed Little Mermaid Jr. and Oliver for OnStage Productions Theatre Company. During the summer, Katie has directs the Lexington 1 Dance Spark program and Kershaw County Arts Arising Dance program.

Katie holds certification from Acrobatic Arts and Yoga Teacher Training. Her repertoire includes La Bayadere, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Serenade, Theme & Variations, the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Gissell, Coppelia and many more.

Katie’s passion is to ignite others’ passions for dance through mentoring and coaching young dancers. She believes every student needs an advocate to reach their highest potential, and is excited to begin working with CSC students.

Maria Platanis

Maria is a registered nurse with a certification in holistic health therapies. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for 15 years and in 2018 decide to share her yoga practice by teaching yoga. Maria is a RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance and is currently 2/3rds though another 300 hour yoga training. Yoga has helped Maria stay focused and present in day to day life activities. She enjoys practicing and teaching hot Vinyasa yoga. She also has been trained to teach therapeutic wall yoga which focuses on resolving back pain.

Shea McCarthy

Shea is super passionate about sharing yoga practices with people around me. I enjoy teaching a combination of Vinyasa and restorative style yoga classes - the perfect mix of sweat and zen! Outside of yoga, she works in Environmental Health and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and hanging out with my brand new puppy, Moose!

Laura Hughes

Laura is an Iyengar trained and inspired 1000 hr RYT . She is certified in Judith Laster Level 1 and 2 Restorative and Therapeutic yoga and has studied with Judith for 15 years. She loves to teach wall yoga! In February 2020, Laura assisted Judith in Level 1 Restorative in Austin, Texas.

Laura Teaches Art History full time at USC. Together with her husband, Tom, A Business Law Professor, they have led USC study Abroad trips to Cuba and Greece for 7 years. They have 4 daughters and a granddaughter, 3 cats, and a child puppy, Baloo.

Kelsey Collins

Kelsey is new to the yoga teaching world. Having just completed her RYS 200 training in August 2020, she is passionate about vinyasa yoga. She loves the sense of peace each practice brings to her and her students. Her hope is to share this peaceful experience with the world!

When Kelsey isn't practicing yoga, she loves to kayak and go camping! She is excited to join the Columbia Yoga Co-op and teach at Carolina Show Company.