biography DeAnna Pellecchia has been recognized as one of Boston's "finest artists". Over the past 15 years she has established herself as one of the Commonwealth's most prominent dance-makers, creating and performing over a hundred critically acclaimed works which have toured locally, nationally and internationally. As a trained dancer, choreographer, and aerialist DeAnna has been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, books, movies and music videos; and magazines/publications including STUFF Magazine, Dance Magazine, Contact Quarterly, Backstage Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald, among others. She has performed at venues throughout the United States including The Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., The Los Angeles Convention Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. She has also toured throughout India, performing and teaching in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore at venues including the National School of Drama, Abhinaya Theater, and Alliance Francaise.
As Artistic Director of KAIROS Dance Theater DeAnna uses rich, visual imagery to craft performance pieces for the stage, site-specific landscapes and non-traditional public spaces that take audiences on a visceral journey. She works collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, composers, and costume and set designers to create emotionally powerful performance experiences. DeAnna has collaborated with Grammy-nominated musicians Kenny Werner, Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce; NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard; MIT's acclaimed composer Elena Ruehr; award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson; legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater; and internationally acclaimed visual artist Shinique Smith. Her work has been presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, Charles Playhouse / Broadway Across America, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston CyberArts / Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Provincetown Dance Festival, Cotuit Center for the Arts, ARTBEAT & DANCING IN THE STREETS / Somerville Arts Council, HATCH Presenting Series/NYC, and its invitation-only follow-up series HATCHED, Six Degrees of Separation at University Settlement/NYC, National Convention of Artists & Innovators/Cue Ball Capital Inc., Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Day, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Critical Moves Performance Series, Outside Art Collective, Braver, P.C., Betty Riaz / STIL, The Huntington Theater, Boston University, Tufts University, Roger Williams University, The Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius, The Order of The Artists, Nave Gallery, The Cloud Foundation, URBANO Project, Medicine Wheel Productions, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios.
DeAnna is a principal dancer with internationally acclaimed New York-based Paula Josa-Jones / Performance Works (since 2000). As an original cast member of RIDE, PJJ/PW's Equestrian Dance Theater Performance Project, DeAnna has been dancing with horses for over a decade. She has also danced with Bennett Dance Company, ANIKAYA Dance Theater, Kinodance Company, Nicola Hawkins Dance, Anna Myer & Dancers and Heidi Latsky Dance.
Ms. Pellecchia received a B.A. in Dance / Performance with a dual minor in Business Management and Latin from Roger Williams University. She currently resides on dance faculty at Boston University (since 2002), Boston Ballet, Simmons College and The Dance Complex. She has taught as a guest artist at Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts College of Art, Concord Academy, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and India's National School of Drama and the University of Calicut, among others.
DeAnna specializes in working with inner-city teens and youth labeled as 'at-risk'. She has been an artist-in-residence at Medicine Wheel Productions, The Cloud Foundation and URBANO Project. Her work with teenagers was recognized by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities for exceptional work in presenting rich learning opportunities to young people in the field of arts. DeAnna has designed curriculum for arts integrated education in Boston Public Schools in consort with VSA Massachusetts. The Harvard Educational Review published her article "Speak Out. Act Up. Move Forward: Disobedience-Based Arts Education", about expanding our vision for the role of arts in education, which she co-authored with Alison Kotin and Ingrid Schatz.
DeAnna brings her passion and experience as a professional dancer to her work as an ACE-certified Personal Trainer. For the past fifteen years, she has held a private in-home personal training practice in the Greater Boston area working with athletes, dancers, and clients ages 8 to 80 looking for more effective and safer ways to lose weight and get in shape. DeAnna works as Assistant Trainer at Donohoe Training, an Olympic-Level private training facility in Carlisle.