About Deana . . .
Originally a Barnsley girl, Deana arrived in Bradford in 1988 as a professional dancer in “Dick Whittington” at the Alhambra Theatre. The route from Barnsley to Bradford took in London, Orlando, Los Angeles, Alaska, the Caribbean & Mediterranean as Deana pursued a successful career as a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and producer.
In 1999 Deana realised her dream to open her own dance academy and the Deana Morgan Academy was born. Another dream was to own her own state of the art dance studios and in 2002 the old Lakean Ballroom was purchased and fully refurbished.
As well as incredible success in examinations and competitions Deana's former pupils have appeared on the world’s greatest dance stages, namely Disneyland, Paris, Sadler’s Wells, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall, London. The academy also staged its own epic, highly acclaimed productions at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Many are now working professionally within the industry.
Deana handed over the "DMA" reins to CC Dance Company in order to pursue her own dancing, performing and producing career. She still teaches many adult classes and also runs elite ballet programmes for talented youngsters across the north of England.
Since 2018 Deana has been building a reputation with various dance clients across the north working in both an advisory and practical capacity delivering dance initiatives. She is also a well respected and greatly sought afte adjudicator for dance festivals and dance competitions.
In 2006 Deana was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, a life changing moment on many levels. Following recovery from a full mastectomy former student Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud fame asked Deana if she could lend any support. In October 2008 the Breast Cancer in Leeds opened its doors and Kimberley officiated thus bringing the nation’s press to Yorkshire and the Haven to the attention of a wide-reaching audience. Deana continues her philanthropic endeavours for the Haven to this day, raising funds and awareness and also staging and choreographing various dance events on their behalf.
in 2007 she came out of professional dance retirement to further pursue her own stage career and became a "Golden Girl" appearing at the Palace Theatre, Paignton and then on to Las Vegas for a special one off night. Deana dances professional at any opportunity and produced and staged "One Night Only!" initially at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and then at the London Palladium. She played Roxie Hart in an abridged version of Chicago surrounded by eight of her former male students who are all now working within the industry.
Since 2019 Deana has been producing professional productions for Craig Halliday, a Bradford born crossover violinist.
Deana is now hopeful that with the opening up of the dance and theatre world following the pandemic that her teaching, adjudicating and producing can take centre stage again. Watch this space.