educator As a movement educator DeAnna has taught classes, workshops, and arts-based educational curriculum at schools, universities and institutions throughout the United States and India. She has worked with movers of all backgrounds and abilities including professional dancers, musicians, actors, opera singers, non-arts-identified teenagers, youth labeled as at-risk, the elderly, and individuals labeled with disabilities.
DeAnna resides on dance faculty at Boston University (since 2002) where she teaches Body Conditioning for Dancers, Aerial Dance & Choreography, Jazz technique at the intermediate level and Modern technique at the advanced level. She also resides on faculty at Simmons College and The Dance Complex where she teaches Intermediate / Advanced Contemporary Technique; and on faculty at Boston Ballet where she teaches core strengthening / body conditioning for their professional and pre-professional dancers. DeAnna resided on dance faculty at The Cambridge School of Weston, a progressive, coeducational, day and boarding school for grades 9 through 12, from 2005-2007. She has taught as a guest artist in the United States at Boston Conservatory, Boston Center for the Arts, Mount Holyoke College, Colby College, St. Joseph College, Northern Essex Community College, Roger Williams University, Massachusetts College of Art, Dean College, Salem State College, Concord Academy, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, American College Dance Festival Conferences and VHA Inc. Science Complexity Conferences; and in India at the National School of Drama, Pondicherry University, John Britto's Dance School, Vimala College and the University of Calicut.
DeAnna specializes in working with inner-city teenagers, both ‘arts-identified’ and ‘non-arts identified’. She has taught as a guest artist for The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, The Huntington Theater, Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, Newport High School, Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, "Act 2" in conjunction with Celebrity Series of Boston and "Taking Steps" at Boston Ballet. She has also taught movement workshops for impoverished children throughout India. From 2002-2004 DeAnna co-directed the performing arts component of Medicine Wheel Production's "No Man's Land" Youth Outreach Program, involving art-based work with at-risk teens in South Boston. The site-specific outdoor performance "TURF", created by DeAnna and Ingrid Schatz in collaboration with the youth, was awarded the "Boston Peace Party Community Star Award" from the City of Boston for outstanding work in fostering peaceful neighborhoods. She was an 'artist mentor in residence' at The Cloud Foundation from 2007-2009, teaching dance & composition workshops to urban youth. Those workshops were relocated to Urbano Project in 2009, where DeAnna resided as a staff artist, providing mentorship to young people across the city of Boston until 2012. Her curriculum for creating collaborative performance projects with teenagers, designed with Ingrid Schatz and originally implemented at URBANO, was chosen for publication in “Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education”, a special issue of Harvard’s Educational Review. Her work at URBANO was recognized by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the top 50 exceptional youth programs in the United States for presenting rich learning opportunities to young people in the field of arts.
DeAnna has also designed curriculum for arts integrated education in Boston Public Schools in consort with VSA Massachusetts. She developed curriculum for VSA's COOL Workshops, an educational model that engages students and teachers through the arts to transform schools into inclusive communities.
DeAnna instructed a seminar for people with severe disabilities at the 2002 TASH Conference. TASH is the international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people, is the norm. DeAnna and Ingrid Schatz, with the Herb Lovett Memorial Fund, worked to celebrate citizens of all abilities by abandoning the idea that individuals exist as either "able" or "disabled". Workshops encouraged participants to create their own movement through guided tasks and culminated in a performance uniting movers of all abilities.