Deanna Seay grew up in Fork Union, Virginia, and received early ballet training at the School of the Richmond Ballet as well as with Louisa Naughton at the Ballet Center in Charlottesville, VA. She went on to dance for twenty one years with the Miami City Ballet after graduating as a student of Melissa Hayden from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts in 1989. As a scholarship student at (U)NCSA, she won a Level 3 award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts before joining Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in August 1989. Named a Principal Dancer in 1998, she was featured extensively throughout the repertoire. In 1999 she was chosen to work with Maria Tallchief for the Balanchine Foundation Interpreter’s Archive. Dedicated to preserving Balanchine’s key roles as interpreted by their originators, the Balanchine Foundation filmed Ms. Seay being coached by Ms. Tallchief in the principal female role of Allegro Brillante.
While dancing, Ms. Seay also served as a member of the Miami City Ballet School faculty for both summer and winter terms. She has been a full-time faculty member at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, NC and the Boston Ballet School. She returned to Central Virginia with her husband and two young sons in 2016 and is on the faculty at the School of the Richmond Ballet. She also teaches at Charlottesville Ballet and Virginia Commonwealth University.