Empire Staff


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 danced professionally for two years with the Eugene Ballet Company. She has been with Empire Dance Shop since 2015, is a manager and a master pointe shoe fitter.


TJ comes from a large family of dancers in the Spokane Community. One of his passions is physical fitness, bodybuilding and has competed in several weight-lifting competitions. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark high school and is currently attending Spokane Falls Community College part-time. He is new to the dance world, but is very eager to learn! He has become a manager since working with Empire Dance Shop starting in 2016.


Ashely first volunteered at Simply Dance Studio in downtown Spokane as a senior in high school. She went on to help run the studio as the public relations manager and studio assistant. In her 11 years as a dancer, she has specialized in Ballroom, Swing and Latin dance. After Simply Dance closed its doors, Ashley found a new home at Empire Dance Shop and has been on the team since 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, and Ballet Coeur d'Alene. She then went on to dance with San Jose Dance Theatre. She has taught ballet at several studios around town and San Jose. She is now going to school to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She has been on the Empire Dance Shop team since the start of 2017.


Mary has recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in music and a BA in Political Science. She has been involved in Spokane's Musical Theatre community since she was 6 years old and continues her love of theatre to this day. Mary hopes in the future to attend Eastern once more to obtain a Master's in Teaching. Mary has been with Empire Dance Shop since the start of 2017.


Robert is currently a senior at Washington State University pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. He is involved in Greek life and is currently on the WSU Men's Volleyball Team and has had a passion for sports since a young age. He has not been directly involved with the dance community in Spokane, but has taken classes and attended numerous performances by 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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