Deanna Anderson is a movement therapist and educator, choreographer and performing artist. She teaches Dance, Somatic Movement, Dynamic Strength and Flexibility, Pilates, Hath Yoga, Vocal Yoga, and Action Theater at Stanford University. She designs and delivers movement, dance and physical theater workshops, has a private practice in Movement Education & Therapy, and delivers community-based expressive arts projects. Deanna is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (RSMTE). She is also trained in other leading body/mind systems including Laban Movement Analysis, Body Mind Centering, Bartenieff Fundamentals, The Expressive Actor Technique, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Tai Chi and Alexander Technique.
Deanna received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin with emphasis in Performance. Her commitment to life-long professional development includes training in Folkloric Dance at the Escuela National de Arte in Havana, Cuba, study with Afro-Cuban master dancer Jose Barroso in San Francisco, and training and performances with the Duende Flamenco Company in Chicago, Illinois. She was the first instructor in the World Dance program at DeAnza College in Cupertino where she taught Brazilian, Cuban, and Spanish dance. She has taught theater and dance at the University of Poland/ Krakow for the conference The Body – A Universal Sign, Anthropology Bridging the Arts. She has danced with the Great Lakes Opera Company and presented solo performance at the San Francisco Butoh Festival, Dance Mission in San Francisco, and San Jose State University â€“ Dance Works.
As a performance artist, Deanna has immersed herself in physical theater. She earned an Advanced Teacher Certification in Action Theatre as well as in the Lugering Method /Expressive Actor Technique. Deanna currently trains in Physical Theater with the world renowned James Donlon at the Flying Actorâ€™s Studio in San Francisco. He is currently directing her in a solo theater piece. She has taught theater workshops throughout the Bay area including De Anza College, Stanford University and Santa Clara University. As an actor, she has played the role of Anima in the production Hungry Ghosts of Albion at the Theater Yugan in San Francisco and was Esmeralda In the Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Metropolis Theater in Milwaukee.
Deannaâ€™s community-based expressive arts projects include programs and performances developed for children in grades K -12, inner city community centers, women in the criminal justice system, incarcerated teens in alternative education schools for northern Californian County Offices of Education, Â and in drug rehabilitation programs. She developed a 16-week creative/therapeutic arts program called The Blossom Project for teen moms at the adult school in Mountain View. Her current projects include delivering expressive arts programming including dance, expressive writing and theatrical performance for women in cancer treatment at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and expressive arts programs for children with special needs at the Pacific Autism Center for Education. She teaches movement arts to youth and adults at the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park.