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MEET OUR STAFF
Owner of Power Music & Dance
Known for her dedication to her students, as well as her passion for music, Lori has been a full-time, professional entertainer for more than 20 years.
She knew at the tender age of 13 that she wanted to make a career in music. Singing, dancing, and choreographing professionally throughout high school, Lori graduated with a music scholarship to attend her local performing arts college. During her college training, she was featured on many recordings for Disney and Broadway albums. While putting herself through school, she traveled to Las Vegas on weekends where she had a residency on the Las Vegas Strip with the all-female cover band, The G.G. Girls.
After graduating in 2002 with her certification in vocal music and dance, Lori toured Japan as the lead singer for the pop/rock band, Nightshift. From there, she switched gears and toured Hawaii for a few summers as the lead singer with The Blue Note Jazz Orchestra. In 2005, she spent a year singing and dancing in a brand new dinner theater show located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Following that, between 2007-2010, she sailed the seas with Princess Cruise Lines and Holland America Cruises as their Female Production Singer and Vocal Captain.
After getting married and having kids, Lori started teaching private voice lessons out of her home and eventually founded the children’s group The Power Kids, a live performance group for kids ages 6-15 who sing and dance all over the Treasure Valley. In 2022, she realized a long-awaited dream of establishing her own music studio when she opened Power Music & Dance right here in Kuna, Idaho!
As soon as you meet Lori, you instantly feel her passion and love for music, and how eager she is to pass along her knowledge and training to others who share her love for the arts.
Tap, Ballet, Jazz
Lisaun Whittingham was so inspired by her grandparents' love of Dance and Music that she set her full focus on becoming a dancer at age 12. Through the support of her parents, she had the opportunity to study with world-famous teachers, such as Eric Hyrst, Stefan Wenta, Keith Clifton, Beau and Stephanie Spassoff, among others.
At the age of 19, Lisaun began a career as a dancer/singer on cruise ships and at amusement parks, working for Holland America Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises, and at Tokyo Disney, and has traveled through this career to amazing places (her favorites being Japan, Hawaii, Dublin, Puerto Vallarta, and Alaska)!
Sarah is the sixth child from a family of ten kids; six brothers and three sisters! She grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Rexburg, Idaho for school where she attended BYU-Idaho and received her BS in English with a cluster minor in landscape design and child development. She is now the mother to five kids, with her oldest beginning to drive this year and her youngest starting first grade this fall!
She has been teaching piano for 9 years now, and she LOVES gardening and practicing piano!
Guitar, Fiddle, Ukulele
Tiffany Clemons is a very passionate and knowledgeable musician who always strives to give her students the best experience possible! She studied through Fiddle Express and has been teaching for 3 years (she taught music in Guatemala as well as private lessons out of her home). She is very excited to be teaching at Power Music & Dance now!
Tiffany wants everyone around her to understand how much they can achieve if they put in the effort, and she loves watching her students reach their goals! She hopes to help every one of them be the best player they can be!
Tumbling, Cheer, Gymnastics
Kelli Costello is our new tumbling/cheer/gymnastics Coach. Kelli is 27 and resides in Meridian. Kelli has 13 years of Cheer & dance training with Pop Warner and 6 years of coaching gymnastics and tumbling with Tumble Time.
Kelli absolutely loves teaching younger kids, says it’s a passion to watch them learn new skills and grow, and she can’t WAIT to be part of The Power Music and Dance Family.
Leah Orza has been teaching and choreographing 25 years with ages 2-adults, training and developing young people, adults and dancers in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro, and Ballroom. She also does yoga, pilates, stretch and strengthening which she incorporates into her classes. Over all these years, her students have achieved great success using their Dance education to enter into colleges such as Juliard, UC Berkely, Sony Price and many more.
Leah is very supportive and maintains contact with her many students thru all the years and continues to be extremely proud of them and all their successes. She is very excited to be a part of this dance experience in Kuna for you and your families and is ready to inspire and start training them into happy accomplished dancers and people that will be new students with her. She is looking very forward to starting the new year together.
Stephanie Childs was raised in Soda Springs, Idaho, where she was the accompanist for the choir groups through high school. Upon graduation, she attended Utah State University and studied with Irving Wasserman for 4 years. She has taught piano for over 40 years and has been active in National Federation of Music Clubs.
Stephanie says her main reason for teaching is being able to watch kids blossom with confidence when they become accomplished pianists!
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