Denyse Looney started training and performing at the New School of Ballet, in Schenectady, New York, under the direction of Miss Phyllis Marmein. While at the school Denyse was asked to join the performing group, The Ballet Workshop. There she danced roles such as The Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, Kitri from Don Quixote, and Dance of the Cygnets from Swan Lake to name a few.
Denyse’s studies continued under Balanchine ballerina, Melissa Hayden. During her early years as a dancer, she performed children’s roles in numerous ballets, including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Firebird. After a summer acceptance to study with Andre Eglevsky, at the Eglevsky Ballet Summer Program, Mr. Eglevsky arranged an audition at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of the New York City Ballet, for Ms. Looney. She was accepted and awarded a full scholarship. While there, Denyse was selected by George Balanchine to participate in and perform in his Walpurgisnacht Ballet from Faust, which was being staged for Maria Tallchief’s Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet. Ms. Looney continued to dance with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet as a soloist.
Denyse has also been a member of the Washington Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, and as a soloist with the Eglevsky Ballet Company under the direction of Michael Vernon. Denyse studied with David Howard, Melissa Hayden, Robert Denvers, Bobby Blankshine, and Dianna Cartier, among others, and taught professionally in New York City at the studios of both Robert Denvers and David Howard. For the past 14 years Ms. Looney has taught all levels of ballet technique, pointe and variations at the Ballet Arts Studio in Beacon, NY. While there she did extensive original choreography for both the school students and company members alike.
Denyse opened Dutchess School of Performing Arts in the fall of 2013 where she teaches ballet technique.