KEVIN L. BURNSIDE
Owner, Competitive Team Director
Originally from Chicago, Illinois… Kevin moved to Champaign in 1998 to attend the University of Illinois. At the University of Illinois, Kevin spent his first two years as a dance major. As a dance major, Kevin studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance. When Kevin wasn’t in dance classes, he spent his time coaching gymnastics part time at a local gym called Illinois Gymnastics Center (soon changed to LifeLines Gymnastics Center). Kevin not only had a passion for dance, he also spent much of his childhood years doing gymnastics at Beverly Gymnastics Center in Chicago. This passion for gymnastics came full circle when Kevin changed his major at U of I to Kinesiology. With this change, came hopes that this major would help him become a better gymnastics coach. (Kevin’s dream since the age of 16 was to open his own gymnastics center)
Kevin spent 10 years as a head coach and program director at LifeLines Gymnastics before merging with Dena Slade to develop I-Power School of Gymnastics.
A coach driven by proper execution and technique Kevin enjoys studying gymnastics videos and learning from great coaches around the world. In addition to gymnastics, Kevin is a soloist with the Champaign Urbana Ballet company, where he’s danced in multiple roles with the company. Kevin has produced several state champions, and two athletes to the USA Gymnastics TOPs National Team in 2001 and again in 2008!
DENA S. SLADE
Owner, Girls School-Age Program Director
Dena was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. As a child she trained and competed for the competitive gymnastics team at the Champaign County YMCA for nine years. As a child, Dena was an exceptional gymnast placing on every event and all-around at state and regional meets.
In 1996, Dena started coaching for the Champaign County YMCA. She coached recreational gymnastics, but quickly moved up to coach the competitive team. In 2000, Dena was promoted to Director of Gymnastics at the YMCA. She served as director until 2007 when she resigned to spend more time with her husband and 3 daughters. As director of the YMCA Dena more than doubled the program numbers and built many strong relationships with families around the community.
Dena’s motivation to start I-Power was to have a program where she could design and implement programs that (through her experience as a mother) families needed. Her primary role at I-Power as an owner is to lead our recreational program offering great gymnastics classes and assisting with FUN special events that make us one of a kind!
Recreational Program Administrator, Front Desk Director
Birthday Party, Camp and Special Events Director
Outreach Program Director
Preschool Program Director
Boys/Tumbling/Ninja Program Director