The Empire Dance Academy, located inside Crown Center, is Kansas City’s newest and hottest drop in style dance studio catering to the pre-professional and professional dancer. We’ve brought together the areas most renowned choreographers and instructors, under one roof, to offer beginner through professional level classes in hip hop, contemporary, jazz, heels, musical theatre and more. In addition, we often bring in guest artists from LA, NY and around the nation. We are home to both The E2 Dance Company and That’s Entertainment KC. 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, and rent.
IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
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), with whom he is still represented by, 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. In addition, he has choreographed several commercials, television shows, documentaries, and live events. Since moving back to Kansas City, Kenny has been a part of many productions including West Side Story, Cats, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Tommy and more.
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.