The E2 pre-professional dance company is the city’s preeminent training program for dancers looking to take the next step in their careers. In addition to receiving weekly advanced level classes, E2 performs regularly at some of Kansas City's biggest events and showcases. Company members are mentored by our elite faculty at Empire Dance Academy and will have the opportunity to connect with leaders in the industry by working with choreographers brought in from LA and/or NYC. Dancers are prepared for the professional side of dance by being provided a foundation to succeed through weekly training sessions, numerous professional performance opportunities, resume building, photo shoots and more.


  • 5 advanced level classes per week including The Empire Access Class

  • Multiple professional live performance opportunities

  • Weekly rehearsals/training sessions

  • Professional photos

  • Videos

  • Apparel/Costumes

  • Resume building

  • Choreography with outside choreographers

  • Mentorship from the Empire Dance Academy faculty and exclusive connections to leaders in the industry

  • Workshops with Industry Professionals

  • Opportunity to train in LA


  • 12 month commitment.

  • You must be 15 or older.

  • You must take 5 classes per week at Empire Dance Academy (1 Hip Hop, 1 Contemporary, 1 Technique, The Empire Access Class and 1 Optional). If missed, you must makeup within 2 weeks.

  • You must attend the weekly company rehearsal held every Saturday 10am - 12pm.

  • You must be in attendance for all E2 Performances.

  • A minimum of 4 Intensives, Workshops, Master Classes, and/or Conventions must be attended throughout the year.

  • You must be reliable, mature, committed, hard working, friendly and team oriented.

  • Fees (monthly autopay required)

    • Minimum 15 class membership

    • Empire Access Class, 2 hour weekly rehearsal, all photos, videos, training sessions, etc. $125 monthly

    • One Time Apparel Fee $75 (hoodie and T shirt)

    • Choreography $250 per routine (3 routines - Fee covers outside choreographers)

    • Minimal costume fees may apply

  • *Prior Approval for exceptions must be given in advance and are outlined in the contract.

2018/2019 Company Members: Patrick Alvarado, Karina Alvarez-Vallegas, Blair Armstrong, Sydnee Bell, Desire Brown, Lillian Heiman, Sydney Jackson, Lauri Hoedl, Courtney Rowe, Kassandra Scott, Kendal Sullivan, Kira Turner.