SOMA Women in Business — LaShonda Chaney, LaChaney’s Dance & Music Academy

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Last fall, Matters Magazine cel­ebrated women in the South Orange-Maplewood business community with a feature spread on “Women in Business.” These women represent a range of  professions – from architecture and beauty to speech pathology and financial services. In all, 26 women-owned businesses are profiled. See the original Matters Magazine feature here.

Village Green has partnered with Matters Magazine to give these local women entrepreneurs a digital platform and is posting each profile individually on our website during the month of March — Women’s History Month. Today, we celebrate:

LaShonda Chaney, LaChaney’s Dance & Music Academy

LaShonda Chaney, LaChaney’s Dance & Music Academy. Photo credit: Jamie Meier.

Why I started my business

I taught in the Orange and Maplewood/South Orange school districts for 10 years and loved connecting with kids. Fifteen years ago, I decided to step out on faith and open the school, teaching our students to focus on the future and dream big, eliminating the word “can’t” from their vocabulary. Once they set their minds to something, there are no limits.

My motto

“To whom much is given, much is required.” Our goal is to instill discipline and the love of dance and music in all students while also teaching skills that enable our students to be successful in life.

Why I do what I do

For the love of the arts and family. It’s more than just a dance and music school but, ultimately, a vehicle to impact lives in a positive direction. We believe our success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service, along with an underlying belief in the strength of our organization.


1747 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood

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