About Our Company Staff
OWNER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Originally from Derby, Kansas, Rachel’s dance training began at the age of three. Dance has continued to be a passion in her life ever since. Throughout high school, she was a member of her high school dance team while also participating in competitive dance with her dance studio. In addition, she trained in ballet with Jill Landrith with the Wichita Metropolitan Ballet Company where she performed in THE NUTCRACKER. She also trained with Sharon Rogers in a summer intensive in ballet at Friends University. Her love of hip-hop dancing led her to an audition with a hip-hop company where she earned a spot as the youngest dancer in the company. Her passion for dance followed her to Kansas State University where she continued her training in hip-hop, tap, modern/lyrical, ballet, jazz, and West African dance. She also performed in the Kansas State University Dance Shows. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at K-State. Rachel has participated in dance intensives across the country with TOP Dance, LA Dance Force, Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, and Tremaine Dance Company, to name a few. She has studied with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs; Laura Donnelly and the Alexander technique; Roni Mahler, choreographer of modern dance; Bernard Woma, choreographer of African dance; choreographer Wade Robinson from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE; Jason Janas from TAP DOGS; Mary Dew; Pamela Bolling; Adrieene Canterna; Carrie Lockyn; Dustin Phillips, hip hop choreographer for music videos; and many others along the way. After being recruited by an international choreographer and training with him for a semester, she earned the opportunity to dance with a talent search company in Hollywood, California. For seven years, Rachel taught ballet, lyrical/modern, tap, jazz, pointe, and hip-hop at a dance studio in northeast Kansas. Rachel’s choreography for her dance team and her meticulous training regarding dance technique have resulted in her students receiving countless awards in the competitive dance circuit. She has established a reputation for her success in training students for high school and college dance tryouts, NFL tryouts, and for her choreography for various types of performances. As she teaches dance workshops in studios across the nation, her strong work ethic, her high expectations, and her passion for dance are transferred to her students. One of her most rewarding experiences has been her volunteer work whereby she has taught dance to at-risk students in a middle school in northeast & south central Kansas. Whether in a dance studio or in a middle school gym, Rachel has found that dance provides her with a means of mentoring her students and encouraging them to be the best they can be in whatever they pursue in life.
HEAD TUMBLING INSTRUCTOR
Coming from an extensive background in tumbling & gymnastics we’re thrilled to have Ms. Jen as an essential member of Empire Performing Arts Center. The combination of experience, talent, and caring personality makes her one incredible staff. Don’t miss out on her compassionate personality for youth. Ms Jen helped open the doors to Empire Performing Arts Center in November 2017. She has built our tumbling program from the ground up! She has developed many classes: Transitional tumbling 1, Transitional tumbling 2, Tumbling 1, Tumbling 2, Tumbling 3, and most recently our new class, Littles’ Tumbling. She has also helped coach the competitive cheer team. She will currently be starting her 5th year as the tumbling instructor at Empire Performing Arts Center. We are blessed to have her at Empire!
I’m 27 years old, I’ve been performing since I was 4. I started off competitive cheering and dancing with Spirit Sparklers. I trained with the former WSU head cheer coach in tumbling, while training for jazz, hip-hop and cheer with my team. I choreographed multiple praise dances for my church along with performing in them. I was a part of my high school Production of Hair Spray, in which I played Lil Inez, and other countless production. I am a former Varsity Cheerleader for North High (GO REDSKINS)! Former Friends University Cheerleader (GO FALCONS)! I’m apart of Actors Models and Talent for Christ , where I trained for a year in Dance, Singing and Acting and then performed in front of 100 Scouts and Agents in Florida in 2013. It was there that I discovered my love for dance again, so I went to dance for the Arena football team in Topeka called the Kansas Koyotes! After the 1 st year, I made Captain. Afterwards I came back Wichita in 2014 and danced for the semi-pro Wichita Thunder Hockey team as well as the Wichita Force for several years. In 2016 I coached cheer with Ms. Rachel at Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas. In 2019 I joined the Wichita Lady Wizards Semi-Pro Dance Team and am still currently a Lady Wizard. Then I joined Empire Performing Arts Center as a Cheer Coach in 2021 and also have taught several other dance classes as well. Coaching will always be a love of mine as well as sharing with future genertations the passion for cheer and dance.
CHEER COACH & TUMBLING INSTRUCTOR
Originally from Southern California, Jenise began her dance journey in the year 2000. Studying the arts she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, lyrical and contemporary dance for over a decade all over Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, California. Jenise was hired for her first professional dance opportunity at the young age of twelve and has been growing ever since. Her skill, as well as leadership abilities and charisma were/are undeniable. After grade school, Jenise attended California State University San Marcos to study the art of Communication while participating in the dance team on campus. Off campus, she taught dance at multiple studios in the San Diego community working with all ages. Jenise sees teaching as an act of service; something that she can do to connect with people while helping them through different stages of life. Passionate about serving others through teaching Jenise then moved to San Antonio, Texas to become a middle school teacher and received her Masters of Arts in Teaching. Most recently, she has moved right here to Kansas and is extremely excited to share her experience, knowledge and passion for performing arts with the community.