The Empire Dance Academy, located inside Crown Center, is Kansas City’s premier drop-in style dance studio catering to the pre-professional and professional dancer. By bringing together the areas most renowned choreographers and instructors, under one roof, we have become the top Kansas City dance studio and industry leader in dance training.
We offer beginner through advanced level classes in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, jazz funk, heels, musical theatre and more. In addition, we often host workshops with guest artists from LA, NY and around the nation.
We are home to The E2 Dance Company, That’s Entertainment KC, The Empire Dance Cruise, and The Kansas City Choreographers Showcase. With an industrial vibe and a large 1,500 square foot open studio, we are sure to be your favorite spot to take class, rehearse, get fit, film, audition, rent, and more.
Not your average dance studio
WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE
KC’s MOST RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHERS
After performing as a dancer for Busch Gardens Tampa, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruise Lines, Kenny relocated to LA where he quickly found an agent (GTA) and began extensive training through a work study program at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. While living on the West Coast, Kenny choreographed for the LA Choreographers Carnival and danced in the Debbie Reynolds Dance Showcase at the famed, El Portal Theatre. He has worked on national commercials, television shows, documentaries, and live events including regional productions of West Side Story, Chicago, Mamma Mia and more. Kenny recently won Best Choreographer for his work on Cat’s in the 2018 Broadway World Awards.
Ashley Personett has specialized in dance entertainment and choreography for over a decade as an independent artist. Winner of "Best Performer" in 2013 and "Best Actress" Nominee in 2014 and 2015 for the Kansas City Pitch Awards, she has had the opportunity to work with multiple regional theaters in Kansas City including Spinning Tree Theatre, The Lyric Opera, Late Night Theatre, Starlight Theatre, and Musical Theatre Heritage. Recent credits for Ashley include Nine, West Side Story, Mother Trucker, Slashdance, The Nance and more. Ashley's true passion and calling has been found in event entertainment and she is Director of Empire Dance Academy's professional entertainment company, That's Entertainment.