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DeAnna Pellecchia is a dancer, choreographer, educator, equestrian, trainer, athlete, aerialist, actress and artist. She is committed to creating multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary works of live art. DeAnna crafts performance pieces both site-specific and for the stage that seamlessly integrate the disciplines of dance, theater, music, visual art and digital technology. She uses rich visual imagery to create dance-theater pieces that communicate emotionally powerful physical landscapes. The Boston Herald calls her “stunning…one of the area’s finest artists”. The Boston Globe describes her as “a committed and daring performer”. Bay Windows defines her as “…muscular, mesmerizing, unforgettable…”

As a dance-artist/educator, DeAnna’s mission is to bring dance, in the form of high-art, to the masses. In the process of achieving this goal she has danced with horses, in trees, on stilts, under water and through air; has been featured in rodeos, operas, plays, fashion shows, magazines, movies and music videos; and has performed in unconventional landscapes as well as theaters of all shapes and sizes across the United States from the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. to the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. DeAnna has toured throughout India, performing and teaching in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore for organizations such as the National School of Drama, Pondicherry University, Alliance Francaise and the University of Calicut. She has created performance pieces with NYC music-icon, composer Johnny Reinhard, award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson and legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater. She has performed onstage with Grammy-nominated musicians Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce, Mission of Burma’s front man/guitarist Roger Miller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s singer Dina Fanai, and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flavor Flav. Her work has been presented by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, The Charles Playhouse/Broadway Across America, Critical Moves Performance Series, Outside Art Collective, Braver, P.C., Betty Riaz/STIL, The Huntington Theater, Boston University, Roger Williams University, The Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius, The Order of The Artists, The Dance Complex, Provincetown Theater, and Green Street Studios, among others.

Alongside Ingrid Schatz, DeAnna co-directs KAIROS Dance Theater, an eclectic performance company committed to creating emotionally powerful, viscerally charged dance theater. Critics have called Pellecchia & Schatz “the sexiest and most ironic duo on the local scene…a new wave in contemporary dance”. Their work with digital media artist Alison Kotin will be featured as part of “Art on the Marquee” and will be displayed on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston in the fall of 2012. DeAnna and Ingrid also make multi-media performances with teen artists, providing much-needed mentorship to young performers across the city of Boston. Their work with teens at both URBANO Project and Medicine Wheel Productions has been presented at The Institute of Contemporary Art and The Massachusetts State House and has received national recognition from The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. DeAnna has also worked with youth at Cloud Foundation, Boston Ballet, Celebrity Series of Boston, Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, Cambridge School of Weston and Oak Bluffs Middle School via The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, among others.

DeAnna is a principal dancer with internationally acclaimed Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works. As an original cast member of PJJ/PW’s “RIDE” Project, she has been dancing with horses for the past ten years. She has also danced with Kinodance Company (named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2008), ANIKAI Dance Company (founding member / Rehearsal Director), Bennett Dance Company (founding member / Assistant Choreographer/ Rehearsal Director), White Box Project, Anna Myer & Dancers, Ipswich Moving Company and Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, among others.

Descendent from a family of cowboys, DeAnna grew up handling horses and has been riding since she could walk. In her professional career she has studied mime, acting, Butoh, aerial dance, stilt-walking, Authentic Movement and Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening®. She has intensively trained and competed in the Korean martial art Tae Kwon Do under Master Young Ho Jin, former trainer of the U.S. Olympic team. She has also studied martial art forms including Capoeria (Brazilian), Wushu (Chinese) and Kalaripayattu (Indian). Ms. Pellecchia received a BA in Dance Performance with a dual minor in Business Management and Latin from Roger Williams University. She resides on dance faculty at Boston University (since 2002) where she teaches Body Conditioning for Dancers, Repertory & Performance, and Jazz technique at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. DeAnna teaches core strengthening/conditioning for pre-professional dancers at Boston Ballet; she is also the founder/director of “Movement Foundry”, a workshop and performance series committed to supporting the professional development of Boston’s dance artists.


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