BTP Program Director, Dance Department, Resident Artist
Blake Coheley is currently the Director of Student Services and was the Chair of Dance and Musical Theatre at the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He started dancing at the age of three and has been in the studio ever since. He has toured internationally with The United States Air Force Tops in Blue, as well as toured nationally/internationally with Oliver, West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye-Bye Birdie, 42 Street and Annie. He is an award winning director/choreographer of musical theatre, industrials, and National competition winners. He has had the opportunity to inspire many young dancers/singers/artists along the way. He has directed and choreographed shows like Side Show, Working, Floyd Collins, Anything Goes, Godspell, Nunsense, The Fantastiks, Steelpier, 110 in the Shade, A Chorus Line, Godspell, Tommy, Singing in the Rain, Jane Eyre, Bat Boy, SWING, Secret Garden, Carnival, Next to Normal, 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, Heathers and Big Fish. He was selected to create, direct and choreograph a new original show at a brand new venue at The National World War II Museum, entitled “Let Freedom Swing”. His passion is dance and performing arts, but his love is animals. Blake now serves as the President of Dance Teachers United, a national dance teacher organization that serves dance teachers and educators through out the country. Blake has the honor of winning best Choreography/Theatre and the best Choreography/Classical Arts in the same year by the Big Easy Entertainment Awards sponsored by GAMBIT. He was awarded Dance Teacher of the Year in 1998 by DTU. He has served as Program Director for The Broadway Theatre Project and continues to teach for thier summer training program. Blake was recently awarded the International NETWORK of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, Teacher of the Year. He is a multi-talented-award winning actor, director and choreographer who loves to demand excellence from his cast, his ensemble and his students.