Deanna Karlheim is in her fourth season with Ballet Arkansas. She began dancing in her hometown of Clarksville, Maryland. Deanna credits her early training to Katherine Healy, Valentina Kozlova, Troy D. Brown, Winnette McGovern and her time spent at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She graduated with a BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music where she studied under Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry. During this time, she was also a Trainee with Ballet West for two seasons. Since joining Ballet Arkansas, she has had the opportunity to perform various roles including a principal role in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Ring of Fire pas de deux from Chris Stuart’s Under The Lights, Ilya Kozadayev’s (e)Motions, Kiyon Gaines’ Memoryhaus and Bolero, Jumping Girl in Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, and Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias Act 1 Pas de Deux. She has also made several guest appearances, most recently in Hot Spring Children’s Dance Theatre’s Cinderella and North Star Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
In addition to performing, Deanna has choreographed for The Young Choreographer’s Festival, participants of Youth America Grand Prix, and Ballet Arkansas’ Youth Division. Her first full-length ballet, Cinderella, premiered in early 2016 on Blackbird Academy of Arts. She wants to extend a special thank you to her family their continued support!