Deanna Gerde was born in Syracuse, New York, and received her formal dance training from SUNY Brockport and The Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan. She started her professional career as a freelance dance artist in Manhattan, and then in 2017 went on to spend two seasons at Ballet Arkansas, directed by Michael Fothergill. In 2019, she moved to Rhode Island to dance with Newport Contemporary Ballet (formerly Island Moving Company) where she continues to dance presently. Along with performing the work of many visiting choreographers, as well as that of NCB’s artistic director Danielle Genest, Deanna enjoys exploring her choreographic voice whenever she can. She is thrilled to participate in the Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project this summer, and to work among the other talented artists involved.
This is Deanna's first time choreographing for RIWCP.