Denise LeBlanc-Chatt - Owner & Head Instructor
Denise has studied dance for the past 50 years and has been owner of The Dancing Place Dance Academy since 1980. She has trained and studied with Dance Master’s of America Teacher’s Training School, Dance Educators of America and in New York City with Broadway Dance Center; Steps on Broadway; Phil Black; Betsy Haug and Frank Hatchett.
Denise has also studied at Enid Bots-Fort School of Ballet in Rochester, Tim Draper School of Ballet in Rochester, The American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, Kit-’tome Dance Center with Tom Relebate. She has been taking classes with the David DeMarie Dance Studio for 30 years and was on their teaching staff for the past 8 years. Denise is was on the teaching staff at Classical Ballet of Western N.Y. for 10 years. Denise has performed with Brockport Summer
Theater, Batavia Rotary, Batavia Players, Wyoming Bicentennial Players, and Swell Productions; which traveled
to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000 to perform “Daniel", The Musical at the Fringe Festival. Denise has choreographed over 150 musicals throughout Genesee and Wyoming Counties and continues to bring dance to all who ask.
Nicole Koch- Instructor
Nicole has 27 years of dance training under the guidance of Denise Chatt. Over 10 years competitive dance performance with over 15 first place group and solo performances. She has 12 years of experience teaching and choreographing ballet and contemporary classes. Nicole has choreographed cheer dance for NOFA cheer competitions. She has also performed as a specialty dancer with Batavia Players and Rotary club in the productions of Brigadoon, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, and Daniel. Nicole has her degree in Education and has a deep joy for teaching kids of all ages.
Neeley was born & raised in Western New York where she received most of her dance training. She received her education from places such as David DeMarie Dance Studios, The Dancing Place, Rochester City Ballet, The American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, and many more. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, acro, modern, and hip hop. She was part of a National Competition team from the ages of 9-17 when she graduated high school. Neeley traveled all over the east coast competing in regional & national competitions, participating in workshops & seminars, and has won top honors as a soloist & part of a group. She has taken master classes from people such as Mia Michaels, Kenny Wormald, and others. She has taught in New York, Colorado, & Wyoming. Her students have received national awards for acro, jazz, and contemporary and she herself has received choreography awards. In August of 2018, Neeley moved back home to WNY. She continues to dance herself and looks forward to instructing in her hometown. Neeley is very pleased and blessed to be back home and to continue instilling a love and a passion for dance in the next generation!