Denise’s Dance Academy

Denise’s Dance Academy is a dance instruction academy of many forms of dance. Denise Hawkins is owner / director.


Denise’s Dance Academy was established in 1993 in Overland Park, KS. It is owned and operated under the direction of Denise Hawkins, a lifelong resident of Johnson County.   We have a staff of 14 adult instructors – all who are professionally trained – many with degrees in education and dance.

We offer a variety of dance styles that include:

  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Ballet and Pointe
  • Tumbling
  • Hip Hop
  • Pom
  • Leaps, Turns and Conditioning
  • Lyrical

At DDA, we offer a well-rounded program that has both a competitive program and a recreational program for all ages and abilities. We are also proud of our reputation for age appropriate music, costuming, and choreography in all classes and performances.

Our adult teachers and staff lead classes filled with energy, learning, and fun! Many of our teachers are certified elementary/middle school teachers as well. You can read about them all on our Staff Page.

Our dancers have been featured in many venues around Kansas City and the country, most recently on the stage at Walt Disney World!

DDA dancers were the featured halftime performers at the Miami Heat game and the Harlem Globetrotters game held at Sprint Center.  We have also performed in Branson, Dallas, Florida, Minneapolis, and many other venues.  Our teams have also been honored to be the featured performers at Relay for Life (cancer benefit) held in Olathe and Overland Park. We are also the home of Company En Pointe – a non-profit ballet company founded by staff member Nadine Price-Rojas.

Our dancers have gone on to many types of dance and performance careers!

Come join the fun at Denise’s Dance Academy!

Denise Hawkins – Owner and Director – Email Denise

  • Denise has been dancing since the age of three, studying many forms of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tumbling, Pointe and Hip Hop
  • Studied and performed in Kansas City and around the world
  • Winner of many regional, national, and international awards for her dance competition teams and choreography and also was named the Professional/Amateur Teacher of the Year by Rainbow Connection Talent Competition
  • Former member and captain of the Olathe South Golden Girls dance team in high school and captain of Indian Trail Junior High Cougarettes
  • Graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary/Middle School Education with minors in French and Social Studies.
  • Lead choreographer for her college sorority
  • Represented the state of Kansas at the Dance Teachers’ Summer Conference in New York City. Has trained with the top dance masters in the country, including the New York City Radio City Rockettes, Ian Carlson, Luigi, Debbie Dee, Jermaine Browne, Frank Hatchett, and many more.


  • Sole representative selected from the Midwest to participate in the Showstoppers’ Dance Teacher Seminar held in Hollywood, California led by Debbie Roberts where she attended seminars on creativity in children, choreography, and many other topics
  • Performed at the Helzberg National Sales Meeting in Marco Island, FL
  • Mom to two boys







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