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Photo by Rachel Neville

Deanna Stanton began dancing in her hometown of Clarksville, Maryland. She credits her early training to her time spent at the Baltimore School for the Arts as well as Winnette McGovern & Troy D. Brown. Deanna graduated with a BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. During this time, she was also a Trainee with Ballet West for two seasons. Since joining Ballet Arkansas, she has had the opportunity to perform principal or featured roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Gerald Arpino’s Reflections & Birthday Variations, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet, and Chris Stuart’s Under the Lights. She has also performed Mina in Michael Fothergill's Dracula, Fairy Godmother in Michael Fothergill's Cinderella, Big Swans in Swan Lake, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Coffee & Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. She has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Yuka Oba-Muschiana, Xin Ying, Madison Hicks, Kiyon Gaines, and Tom Mattingly. In addition to performing, Deanna has a passion for choreographing. She has created works for New Century Dance Project, the Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project, The Young Choreographers Festival and several works for Ballet Arkansas as well as Ballet Arkansas’ Summer Intensive. She has also created two full length ballets. 

"With Deanna’s brilliant choreography and Sergei Prokofiev's delightful score this spectacular production is a must see."

- Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, 2016.

Notable Roles

  • Mina Harker, Dracula by Michael Fothergill 

  • Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker

  • Jumping Girl, Who Cares?  by George Balanchine

  • Death of a Maiden by Yuka Oba-Muschiana

  • Reflections by Gerald Arpino

  • Obscura by Kiyon Gaines

  • Marguerite in Act 1 & 3 Pas de deux from Lady of the Camelias by Val Caniparoli

  • Spring - Four Seasons by Xin Ying

  • Under the Lights by Chris Stuart

Photo courtesy of Ballet Arkansas, Melissa Dooley Photography.

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