Deanna White

Deanna White was born and raised in Covina California, and began taking dance classes (tap, jazz, and ballet) when she was 5 years old. By the time she was 12 she decided that ballet was her one true love, and devoted more and more hours to her ballet training. She studied one year with Shamil Yagudin of the Bolshoi Ballet, and 3 years with Vladimir Yakovlev of Tatarstan State Ballet. By the time she was 21, she was invited to dance in Russia with Tatar State Opera and Ballet Theatre, in Kazan, Tatarstan Russia. Where she danced as a corps de ballet member for one season, and participated in the International Rudolph Nureyev Festival in May 1996. She performed in Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Giselle, Shurale, La Sylphide, Nutcracker, and many more. After her year in Russia, she guested as a soloist all over the US, and eventually joined International Ballet Theater (IBT), in Philadelphia PA, as a soloist for 2 years under Alexander Boitsov as Artistic Director. She then moved to Salt Lake City, UT where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Ballet Emphasis), from the University of Utah. While attending the U of U, Deanna switch gears to musical theater, and performed in several musicals with Pioneer Theater Company, SLC, UT. Her musical theater credits include: Cabaret, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Camelot, Singing in the Rain, and Gypsy. She currently continues to perform as a dancer/actor with Broadway Rose Theater Company in Tigard, OR, and teaches dance classes at various studios in the Portland area, including Element Dance Studio, and Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy.