Deanne Kearney was born in Toronto, ON, She began dancing at the age of thirteen in the Regional Arts Dance program at Cawthra Park Secondary School studying ballet, modern and musical theatre. She then went on to York University’s BFA dance program. During her studies at York, she has taught at a variety of dance studios in Mississauga, Toronto and Montreal; including Kids in Dance studio for the past four years. She was an editorial intern with The Dance Current magazine; as well as an intern with OIP Dance Centre. She is a research assistant to Dr. Mary Fogarty, studying the areas of hip hop dance and breaking. In the past she has performed/choreographed for York Dances — Apples and Oranges, Dance Innovations Counter:Point, the MFA show So Far and the Playground Festival in 2013 and 2014. This year she started her own blog interviewing urban dance artists of Toronto. Check it out at wordupto.ca. She was chosen in 2014 as one of two archive and engagement interns for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, where she will live this summer for three months and be a part of the amazing internationally acclaimed festival.