Deanna Seay danced for twenty one years with the Miami City Ballet after graduating as a student of Melissa Hayden from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1989. Featured extensively throughout the repertoire, including works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Frederick Ashton and Antony Tudor, she performed a broad spectrum of Balanchine ballets, with roles ranging from the second pas de trois in Agon, and the principal female role in Square Dance, to principal roles in Theme and Variations and Jewels. During her career, in addition to working closely with Edward Villella on many principal roles, she also worked with coaches such as Patricia Neary, Violette Verdy, Allegra Kent, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Calegari, Susan Pilarre, Susie Hendl and Bart Cook. Ms. Seay has also taught in the Miami City Ballet School during the summer and winter programs. She retired from the stage in 2010.