Deanna Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department of the
University of Iowa, where she teaches Ballet, Pointe, Floor Barre (Beamish) and
Choreography. She has also Co-Directed the departments performing and outreach
ensemble “Dancers in Company.” Since 2004, she has created 30 original works for
the University’s Dance, Music and Theater departments.
Deanna Carter was invited to be the resident choreographer for Ballet Quad
Cities professional ballet company where she has created three original full
length narrative ballets “Dracula, Carmen and I Vampire” as well as five concert
Deanna’s professional experience from 1994-2004 includes serving as Ballet
Mistress, and Rehearsal Director for companies: Taller Coreografico de la UNAM
(Mexico), Aterballetto and Teatro San Carlo (Italy) The Leipzig and Dessau
Ballets (Germany). She has also been guest teacher with companies: the Scottish
Ballet, Teatro San Carlo, Teatro alla Scala, Semper Oper, Maggio Danza, ABC
Dancecompanie, Rossa Ballet Halle, Northern Ballet Theater, Galilli Dance, Basel
Ballet, Corso di Perfezionamento of Aterballetto. Deanna has also taught classes
and course for Regional Dance America student companies throughout the USA.
Her choreographies for professionals include works for, the Leipzig Ballet,
Dessau Ballet, Anhaltisches Theater’s opera and musical productions (Germany),
Young Stars of La Scala, Rimini in Danza, Compañía Guy de Bock, (Italy) Ballet
Met, Bouand Dance Company, Evergreen City Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, (USA),
Tanya Pérez-Salas Company, Nemian, Danza de Contemporánea de la Universidad de
Guadalajara, Ballet del Nuevo Siglo, and Ballet del Cámara de Aguascalientes
Deanna has also choreographed works student companies of Regional Dance America
that have been presented at RDA regional festivals.
Deanna’s choreographies have received the National Choreography Plan Award
through Regional Dance America, and “The Best American Choreography” recognition
at the Nureyev International Ballet Festival Kazan Russia 1994. Deanna has also
received three Monticello scholarships as an emerging choreographer through
Regional Dance America.
In 2001, Deanna was selected to participate in Chore Plan 2001 with the Central
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and her works for the University of Iowa have been
selected for presentation at American College Dance Festivals.
In 2009, Deanna was selected to participate in the National Choreographers
Initiative where she created the work “ Ash to Glass”. Ash to Glass is now in
the repertoire of Ballet Quad Cities, and was presented at Ballet Builders New
Choreographers On Pointe a juried competition in 2010.