Shawnee, Kansas is home to The Academy of the Arts, which is a dance studio that has been serving students in the greater Overland Park metropolitan area since its founding in 1998. With services in music, dance, and drama, the studio has instructed over two thousand students during its tenure. Courses at The Academy of the Arts include tumbling, ballet, modern, tap, acrobatics, and hip-hop lessons. In addition, the studio offers music lessons for the piano, drums, guitar, keyboard, and voice. The Academy of the Arts also features a preschool music program and a children's choir program. Director Tonya Ebner founded the academy as a traveling dance studio and is now joined by a variety of qualified instructors who have danced with numerous renowned companies. The Academy of the Arts offers courses in-studio and at both the Shawnee Civic Center and the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department.