The Empire Dance Academy, centrally located inside Crown Center in downtown Kansas City, is KC’s premier drop-in style dance studio. 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.

By bringing together the areas most renowned choreographers and instructors, under one roof, we have become the industry leader in dance training. We offer beginner through advanced level open classes geared toward aspiring and current professional dancers, as well as those wanting to continue their dance training for recreational or fitness purposes. 

There is no age limit or requirement at Empire. All who want to train are welcome. Class styles include hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, contemporary, heels, musical theater, and more. In addition, we connect Kansas City to the coastal dance communities by hosting workshops with guest artists from LA, NY and around the world.

We are home to The E2 Pre-Professional Dance Company, That’s Entertainment KC, The Empire Experience and more. Our continued dedication to the arts community in Kansas City, state of the art dance facility, and location in the heart of the city make us the ultimate destination for dancers in the area.


“I absolutely love dancing at Empire. It’s a great place to work hard with fun people. It’s an environment where you feel comfortable in class no matter what level you’re at. So glad the Kansas City area has a studio like this.”

“Empire Dance Academy is a fresh new look for dance in KC!  They do a great job of making every student feel like they are part of something big. Good instructors and a good variety of classes to take for adults who are looking for more of a challenge than beginner level classes. Also the floor feels amazing to dance on!”

“My daughter is loving Empire! Such a great vibe and so professional. The KC instructors are wonderful and they only bring the BEST guest instructors. We feel that they give the right guidance for each Dancer, whether they want to make a career of dance or just want to sweat.”

“The space is beautiful. Choreography and teachers are excellent. I had a lot fun and was challenged at the same time. They run awesome deals as well and I love the app you pay with its really easy to use.”