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Annie Kennedy Calhoun has been a dance instructor and choreographer for the past 25 years and student of dance since the age of 3. She is formally trained in classical ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary and hip hop at Kennedy School of Dance and other dance studios throughout the Treasure Valley. She grew up in Nampa and graduated from Nampa High where she served as dance team captain her senior year. During high school she competed in several solo competitions and was crowned Miss Pacific Northwest 1999.
Annie continued to dance in college as a three year member of the four-time national champion dance team, the Boise State Mane Line Dancers. She graduated from Boise State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Annie currently is the part owner of the Kennedy School of Dance in Nampa, Idaho where she instructs students of all ages in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and hip-hop. Annie was the choreographer for the Music Theatre of Idaho where she has choreographed such productions as “The Music Man”, “West Side Story”, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “Grease”, “Miss Saigon”, and the regional premiere of “CATS”.
Annie has been the head dance team coach and choreographer at Skyview High School for the past 20 years. She has coached the Blue Angels to 10 State Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Annie was named ICDC Coach of the Year in 2006. In 2007 the Blue Angels won the USA National Open Dance Team Championships in Anaheim, California in the large dance, novelty, and kick divisions and in 2019 they were the National Champions in the Large Team Hip Hop division at the MDDT Nationals. Just recently the Blue Angels captured the title of Open Kick Champions at the 2023 USA National Dance Championships.
Annie is the Secretary of the Boise Dance Teachers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising scholarship money for area dance camps and workshops as well as promoting the art of dance in the Treasure Valley.
Working with dancers and motivating them in all aspects of their lives is a passion of Annie’s. She currently lives in Nampa with her husband Duston and their sons Noah and Lucas.
Lisa Kennedy Cowman grew up the daughter and granddaughter of a dance teacher. Dancing since the age of three, she has studied classical ballet, pointe, jazz and tap with Betty Menzel Damiano, Anita Damiano Kennedy, the late Lloyd Carlton and many others.
She was a charter company member of the Boise Dance Collection, a pre-professional dance company in her youth. A graduate of Nampa High School, she also coached and choreographed for the Nampa High Dance Team from 1990-1996 and the Vallivue High Dance Team from 1991-2013. Lisa worked for the music department at Vallivue High School in Caldwell Idaho, where she coached and choreographed for the school’s Auxiliary Team from 1989-2015. She is proud of the 23 District III titles her Auxiliary team holds at Vallivue including 7 Grand Sweepstakes titles with the marching band. Lisa currently is the assistant coach of the reigning 4A State Champion Blue Angels Dance Team at Skyview High School in Nampa Idaho.
Lisa is the President of the Boise Dance Teachers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising scholarship money for area dance camps and workshops as well as promoting the art of dance in the Treasure Valley.
Her most important job title is “Miss Lisa” and she is honored to be called this by her many students at the studio. Engaging, educating, laughing with, and having her dancers do it “one more time” is the best part of her day. The greatest compliment is having former students bring their little ones back to our studio to take class. Lisa lives in Nampa with her wonderfully supportive husband. She has a son in college and a daughter in high school.
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