Deanna Gerde was born in Syracuse, New York, and received her early training as a dancer at Syracuse School of Ballet. Deanna spent a year studying in the dance program at SUNY Brockport in upstate New York, and went on to train at the Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan. She started her professional career as a freelance dance artist while also taking part in the work-study program at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Most recently, Deanna spent two years dancing with Ballet Arkansas under the direction of Michael Fothergill. She joined Island Moving Company under the direction of Miki Ohlsen in September of 2019, and is excited to be back on the east coast working and creating with some beautiful artists. Deanna cannot wait to share her passion for dance with her students, and strives create a learning environment that inspires them to grow as young artists.