Kristie Price Faust
Intensive Tap, Company Tap
Kristie Price Faust has been dancing for over 25 years. She was a member of the Loranger High Wolfette dance team for 4 years. While dancing as a Wolfette, she was selected as an American All-Star dancer and served as Captain. Kristie was also the owner and director of a local dance studio for 8 years offering ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical instruction. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2003 as a registered nurse and from the University of South Alabama in 2011 as a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Hip Hop 1, Hip Hop 3, Teen Jazz & Lyrical
Heather Crowe Simmons began dancing at the age of 3. She attended Rowanna Currier’s studio of dance for 14 years, where she was a member of the Louisiana Heat Dance Company for 3 years. Heather was a Jackette at Oak Forest Academy for 6 years, where she served as Captain her 9th & 12th grade years. She was also selected as an American All-Star for 3 years & got the opportunity to travel to London, England to perform. After high school, Heather went on to dance for the SLU Lionette Dance Team for 4 years & performed at the UDA Collegiate Nationals each year in Orlando, Florida. While finishing her college degree, she was chosen to be a member of the New Orleans Saintsation Dance Team. Heather is a graduate in Elementary Education from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Hip Hop 2, Hip Hop 4, Office Assistant
Delany Johnson began dancing at the age of 3. She attended Mrs. Rowanna Currier's Studio of Dance, where she studied tap and ballet. She also attended Center Stage Studio and studied hip hop. She has danced with Covington Dance Company for the past 8 years, studying tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She was a member of Covington Dance Company's Company Class for 4 years also serving as an assistant teacher for hip hop. Delany graduated from Oak Forest Academy. She was a member of the JV Jackettes for 3 years and served as dance committee chairperson. She also was a Varsity Cheerleader for 3 years. Dancing has always been an enjoyment for Delany. She is thankful for having this opportunity to share and enhance her dance technique with other dancers.
Hip Hop 5
Whitley Ballard grew up in Kentwood and currently lives in Roseland with her husband, Josh. She began dance classes at the age of 3 and has studied and loved dance every day since. She graduated from Oak Forest Academy and while there, was a member of the dance and cheer teams. In junior high Whitley served the JV Jackette dance team as co-Captain her eighth grade year and Captain her freshmen year. Also during her freshmen year, she was moved up to the varsity team to dance with the Varsity Jackettes. She switched to cheer in high school serving as the cheer committee chair person her junior year and Captain her senior year. She also began dance classes at Covington Dance Company her senior year. Upon graduating high school, Whitley attended Southeastern Louisiana University and has a Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Whitley began teaching at Covington Dance Company in 2010. She took a small break to go live and work in the Virgin Islands doing disaster recovery. Now she is happier than ever to be back home at CDC!
Beginner II Ballet & Tap, Mini Jazz, Intermediate I Ballet & Tap
Stacey Hausey has been studying dance for over 40 years. For 23 consecutive years she studied with the Baton Rouge Talent Academy, where she choreographed and was a lead dancer for eight years. During her time at BRTA, Stacey was chosen to study under the direction of internationally known choreographer and teacher Joe Tremaine. Stacey’s training includes ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dance. She was a member of the Baker High School Dance Team for two years, and received numerous accolades through Super Star Drill Team where she was also chosen to be a staff member her senior year. Through her dance career, she provided choreography for BREC theatre programs and other groups in the Baton Rouge area. Stacey was the owner and director of a dance studio for 17 years offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical instruction. Stacey is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her dance career and share her passion for dance with the students of Covington Dance Company.
Petite Jazz, Jr. Jazz, Intermediate Jazz, Office Manager
Carolyn Reed began her dance career at the age of 3 and attended Rowanna Currier's Studio of Dance. She also studied ballet at Fellom Ballet School and then attended Marci's Dance Studio and Center Stage Dance Studio. Carolyn then found her home at CDC where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop for 8 years. She was a part of the Company Team at CDC for 4 years and was an assistant teacher for Teen Jazz. While in highschool, she was a member of the JV and Varsity Jackettes, where she served as captain her freshman and senior years. She was chosen as a UDA All-American Dancer her sophomore, junior, and senior years. After graduating high school, Carolyn attended Louisiana State University and continued to study dance from the LSU School of Theatre her freshman year. She graduated from LSU in May of 2021 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. After college, Carolyn was accepted into the North Oaks Medical Center Dietetic Internship program and graduated in June of 2022. She is now studying for her registration exam in order to become a Certified Registered Dietitian. She also currently coaches the JV Jackettes and is going into her 2nd season with the Jackettes.
Carolyn is excited for her third year on staff and thankful for the opportunity to share her passion of dance with our younger dancers!
Hailey Johnson Peek
Primary I Ballet & Tap, Primary II Ballet & Tap, Beginner I Ballet & Tap, Office Assistant
Hailey Johnston Peek began her dance career at the age of 5 at Center Stage Dance studio in Roseland for 7 years. While at Center stage Hailey competed in multiple dance competitions around the state. In 2012 she was able to perform in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. Hailey then found her forever home at CDC where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop for 6 years. She was also a member of the Company Team at CDC for 4 years. During her time at CDC, she assisted various classes and was the office assistant for 3 years. While attending high school, she was a member of the Oak Forest Academy JV and Varsity Jackettes dance team where she served as Co- Captain her freshman year and dance committee member her Senior year. After graduating high school, Hailey attended The University of Louisiana Monroe before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana University. She will graduate in December 2022 with a degree in General Studies. Hailey Is also a full time clerk at the Tangipahoa Parish Assessor’s Office. Hailey is excited for the future of the studio and thankful for the opportunity to continue to share her passion for dance with the students of Covington Dance Company!
Intermediate II Ballet & Tap, Ballet Intensive
Olivia Price began dancing at the age of 7 at A Touch Of Class Performing Arts. There she studied all dance styles including hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, and tumbling. She was a part of the competition team and has travelled around the country competing and taking classes. She was a member of both the J.V. and Varsity Jackettes where she served as Captain on both teams. She graduated from Oak Forest Academy in 2021. Olivia now attends Southeastern Louisiana University where she majors in Kinesiology, with the hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. Olivia has always had a passion for dance, and can’t wait to teach her students everything that has made her fall in love with the art of dance!