Instructors

Bria Zan Thompson

Owner and Dance Instructor

Bria’s love of dance began in her hometown of Haiku, Maui where she studied and performed Hula at the age of 5. She later studied Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Modern and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at the University of Colorado. 

After discovering her passion for teaching, Bria started her own traveling dance company in Coeur d'Alene in 2014. She has taught dance classes for Hutton Settlement Children's Home, local Preschool and Elementary schools, and has offered classes through the CDA Recreation Department over the years. She recently completed an Acro Certification Course though Acrobatic Arts and is excited to be offering Acro!

It has been Bria's dream to share the joy of dance to children and she is thrilled to have opened Lokahi Dance Studio in downtown Coeur d'Alene! 

Carrie Kinsey

Acro Instructor

Carrie is a professional competitive gymnastic coach and for the last 12 years she has coached Acro for dance studios and high schools along with tumbling to cheerleaders. Carrie is U.S.A.G. Coach, Safety, Safe Sport and Evaluator Certified. She is also a certified pre-primary Montessori teacher.
Carrie's commitment is to support  each student on their journey to master self-confidence, strength, integrity and the commitment to follow their dreams, in a safe and nurturing environment.  She is thankful for the opportunity to work with children, and watch them discover their own greatness.

Traci Paffile

Dance Instructor

Traci’s first passion at four years old, was Dance. She studied at the Coeur d'Alene School of Ballet throughout High School. Afterward, she moved to New York to study dance, voice, theatre and film at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. 

After graduation, she moved to LA, where she trained in dance and acting. Longing for home and wanting to start a family, she moved back to Idaho where she  began teaching classes in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance.

She enjoys her 3 children greatly! She also enjoys sharing her love of dance with others. She believes there is much more to the lessons of dance than just learning steps!

Lokahi Dance Studio
1121 E Sherman Ave. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 
 info@lokahidance.com | 208-661-5013 

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