Kansas City’s Premier Drop-In Dance Complex
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Top Among Kansas City Dance Studios
State of the art facility encompassing Drop-In Classes, Videography, Photography, Events, Rentals and more
A collection of the industry’s most sought after instructors and choreographers
Home to the city’s preeminent pre-prfoessional and professional dance companies
Workshops with guest artists from LA, NYC, and around the nation
An encouraging and welcoming atmosphere where artists abound in creativity through self exploration and collaboration
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, In The Heights, 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.