Photo courtesy @RichardCorman

Photo courtesy @RichardCorman


Deanna McBrearty was an exceedingly accomplished dancer with New York City Ballet dancing numerous featured and principal roles working with renowned choreographers such as Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Susan Stroman, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp and more.  During her years at NYCB and continuing after, Deanna has been one of the most active and entrepreneurial members of that company.  Her television credits include America’s Health Network, O Network and FOX-TV as well as the David Letterman Show.  

Deanna has also appeared in films, including Columbia Pictures Center Stage.  She forged a career in media and fitness instruction with credits that include major Television networks and workout DVDs.  She has been the spokes-model for Danskin Dancewear Inc. and Just For Kix dance apparel, as well as a featured fashion model for Geoffrey Beene for the better part of twelve years, gracing the cover of two books of his works.  

She has choreographed two children’s Dance-A-Long videos (Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princessesand Barbie in the Island Princess) in collaboration with Mattel Entertainment Inc.  She is also co-founder and creator of a dance inspired workout DVD entitled Balocity – named a Top 10 dance inspired workout by Prevention Magazine.  

Deanna has also provided fitness training to celebrities such as Kelly Ripa, Christy Turlington, Natasha Lyonne and Maura Tierny, among others, and written for many leading dance publications including Pointe MagazineDance Spirit, and Dance Magazine.

Deanna currently mentors young women in the pursuit of professional dance careers and teaches pre-pro ballet level students. She has completed and published her first book, Start With This (June 2018). She lives in the Charleston where she is raising her two children along with her husband.