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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.
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.
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, Ukulele, Songwriting
Dylan Cochran graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of music with a major in guitar and minor in voice. Right away he started to teach, write, and record music full time. He came from humble beginnings and learned at young age that work ethic is vital in life and music. During his 20 twenties he traveled, sang, played, and built up his music studio in Washington State. The last 15 years, he has worked as a music director, composer, audio designer, and creative director for local businesses, nonprofits, and tv networks like Fox Sports and National Geographic.
Dylan is passionate, fun, direct, and loves all things music and the arts. Currently he and his wife, and four boys enjoy a simple life on their little homestead and can’t get enough of the outdoors
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!
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)!
Kayli Parkinson lives and breathes music. As a child she wanted to be a singer, dancer, and piano player. At the age of 7 she started taking piano lessons. She now shares her talent and knowledge to teach and share the joy of music to her students.
Kayli's favorite thing about teaching is getting to share the love and passion she feels for the instrument. She wants to watch her students grow and become the best musician they can be.
Kristal Clark was born in Moses Lake, Washington and danced with the Ballet Academy of Moses Lake for nearly all of her training throughout her childhood. After high school she danced with a small modern company called Impact Dance Project that focused on dance outreach and performance opportunities for children in the community who may not otherwise have an opportunity to dance. Kristal graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dance and a certification in Pilates training from BASI Pilates in 2016. She moved to the Boise area in 2016 and has been teaching locally ever since. She has been a competition director for seven years.
During her free time, Kristal loves to go camping in the mountains with her husband, son, and two dogs.
Country Fusion Line Dancing
Janelle Larson has had a love for dance ever since she was a kid starting with Ballet and Jazz, moving on up to ballroom and line dancing. She started line dancing when she was a teenager, continued throughout all of high school, and stuck to it over the last 22 years.
Here at Power Music and Dance, Janelle hopes to teach some of the popular beginner dances as well as some intermediate dances, starting with the basics and breaking down the steps in 8 counts. She looks forward to seeing you in class...it’s going to be fun!! 🤠👢
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