Empire Welcomes New Partners!

Breaking News – Empire Announces New Partnership

As we are saying Goodbye to Allan Tornsberg and thanking him for a great partnership for all these years, we are wishing Allan the best of luck and much success in his future endeavors.

The Empire Team – Giampiero Giannico, Vibeke Toft and Katharina Giannico are happy to announce the new partnership with Klaus Kongsdale and his wife Katya Virshilas. 

Klaus, born in Denmark was a 6 times undefeated Danish Champion, European and World Champion and has been a Finalist at all major championships including Asian Open, European Open, UK Open, Blackpool and International as an Amateur and Professional Latin competitor. Today, Klaus is in huge demand as a coach to the best couples and is regularly invited to judge the most prestigious championships in the US and around the world.  He has served as the vice-chairman for the Danish Dancesport Association and served on the Board of Education for The World Dance Council. 

Katya born in Lithuania, a former ballroom dancer in her youth has been featured in the movies “Take the Lead” and “Shall we Dance” as a dancer and choreographer, working and dancing with Antonia Banderas, Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.  She was the Pro performer on “Strictly come Dancing” in the UK a very popular TV show by BBC which is the counterpart to our “Dancing with the Stars”. 

Klaus and Katya are currently living in Hong Kong with their two young sons.  Together they created a ballroom program for children called “Ballroom Bees” which has become a huge hit.

We welcome our new partners Klaus and Katya who are coming on board with lots of energy, great ideas, and many skills.  Together, as the new Empire team we will make the Empire even better, and as they have proven already – they also love to work – having fun at the same time.
What a perfect fit!