The place to be for Singing, Dancing, Gymnastics and Fun!


   Welcome to the Academy !

Karen's Dance Academy was started in 1988 by owner/operator, Karen Frantz. Karen was classically trained in voice and studied all genres of dance, Prior to starting her own studio Karen was a professional featured singer, dancer, Model and Entertainer for 5 years. She could be seen singing and dancing in such shows as the Palace Music Hall at Six Flags Over Mid-America, The Lt. Robert E. Lee Showboat and the S. S. Admiral Showboat. Karen was an Exclusive Model and Talent Agent with Talent Plus Inc. , where she specialized in runway, print, broadcasting, and fashion modeling and voice overs. Karen is an active part of her traveling K. D. Ette danceline- a specialty performance and competition dance team. She is not only the director and instructor, but also the choreographer and a performer as well. Karen continues her dance training and education as often as she can. This year marks her 29th year in teaching excellence.

Karen's Dance Academy has been one of the Top Scholarship Recipients for the past 22 years in both Chicago and St. Louis and holds a 15 year record for best showmanship /Judges choice and high score, and People’s choice award winners for the past decade as well.
 I keep several young dancers on our "Job Shadow" program- which is why you will see many assisting the main teachers in class. This helps students learn by demonstration, which is an important tool in teaching.
We love to use  Team teaching to ensure all students are attended to.
Our staff is highly trained, and they love their work.