MEET OUR STAFF

Lori Power

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.

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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.

Gracie McElyea

Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Modern

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Gracie McElyea is a dancer & choreographer with 11 years experience dancing under Backstage Dance Center and 3 years with The Capital City Ballet. She has years of experience teaching Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop.

Teaching and dancing are Gracie's greatest joys in life, and she cannot wait to share that joy with all her students!

Miranda Keen

Clogging

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Miranda Keen has clogged at Idaho Rhythm for eight years and was a teacher’s assistant for one year. She is very much looking forward to her first year of teaching in Kuna! Besides her passion for music and the arts, her other hobbies include composing music, stories, singing, drawing, and animation.

DeAndra Nino

Cheer, Gymnastics, Tumbling

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DeAndra is a mom of 6 kids and has been married 8 years. They moved to Kuna from Emmett back in June, ands she is so excited to be part of The Power Music and Dance Family.

DeAndra has done a lot of volunteering with cheer and tumbling at her local community center and worked as cheer coach for a local cheer squad. She is looking so forward to a great year of FUN and LEARNING!

Tim Schmid

Acoustic & Electric Guitar

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Tim Schmid has been in the performing arts world for multiple years and has played guitar since 11 years old. He also creates his own freelance music as well. Tim loves helping people enjoy learning new things, the same way his old guitar instructor did for him! 

Sarah Kennington

Piano Lessons

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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!