Empire Staff

Melanie (Owner) 


Izzy has been dancing since she was 13 years old at Ballet Arts Academy under Dodie Askegar, Academy of Dance under Kristen Potts and also at Ballet School of Coeur d'Alene under Ceci Klein, specializing in Ballet. She has attended Milwaukee Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's summer programs, along with Pittsburgh's Graduate Program. She dance professionally for two years with the Eugene Ballet Company. She has been with Empire Dance since 2015. 


Tj comes from a a family of dancers. One of his passions is physical fitness, bodybuilding and has competed in several weight-lifiting competitions. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark high school and is currently attending Spokane Falls Community College part-time. He has become a manager since working with the Empire Dance Shop at the end of 2016. 


Bailey grew up in Spokane until moving to Montana to attend the University of Montana for 3 years studying Psychology and Native American Studies. She plans to transfer to Whitworth to continue her education further. Bailey has been with Empire Dance Shop since the end of 2016. 


Ryann began dancing at age 5, then competed for 9 years in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. She danced with local studios including Julies Competitive Edge, Ballet Arts Academy, and Ballet Coeur d'Alene. She then went on to dance with San Jose Theatre. She has taught ballet at several studios around Spokane and San Jose. She is now going to school to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and she has been on the Empire Dance Shop team since the start of 2017. 



Janelle grew up in Tonasket WA, where she took ballet, tap, jazz, and modern with LFW Dance Studios for 12 years. She has attended multiple dance competitions in Seattle, performed in Disneyland, and took many master classes. Janelle was also a part of the Spokane Empire Dance Team for the 2017 season. She's currently a sophomore at Eastern Washington University obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Human Resources. She has been with the Empire Dance Shop team since Summer 2017. 


Haley has been dancing since she was in the 4th grade, competing with Today's Generation Dance studio in Moses Lake for jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and clogging. Throughout high school, Haley was involved with Molahiettes Drill Team doing military, pom and kick. After graduating high school, she left for college at Eastern Washington where she continued to dance for the Spokane Shock and Spokane Empire team for 3 years. Haley will be graduating from EWU with a bachelors in business management and a minor in human resources management. She has been with the Empire Dance Shop team since October of 2017. 


Robert is currently a senior at Washington State University pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. He is involved in Greek life, currently on the WSU Men's Volleyball Team and has had a passion for sports and cooking at a young age. He has not been directly involved with the dance community in Spokane, but taken dance classes and attended numerous performances for friends and family. Robert plans to complete school and continue on the path of helping businesses excel. He has been a member of the Empire Dance Shop team since Summer, 2016. 

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