DeeAnna Hiett, Assistant Professor of Dance
Texas native DeeAnna Hiett (choreographer, L’amore non ha pietà) moved to New York City after receiving a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, joining the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble in 1986. She was a charter member of the Jamison Project under director Judith Jamison, later joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Hiett has danced with Ballet Hysell, the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Productions, Quixotic, and as a special guest artist with several companies including the Kansas City Ballet. She has performed ballets by choreographers Alvin Ailey, Judith Jameson, Donald McKayle, George Faison, Jonathon Butler, and Dwight Rhoden, among others. Hiett has also worked commercially with artists such as LL Cool J, Cameo, designer Issey Miyake, and industrials American Express and Hanes Her Way. Hiett has performed in the Lyric Opera’s Carmen and The Merry Widow in Kansas City. She has given master classes and choreographed internationally for numerous universities including Princeton, the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkley, Montclair State College, Missouri State University, Philadelphia School of the Arts, and the University of North Texas. She has taught at Ichibungi in Tokyo, Japan, and Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Hiett has been involved with Ailey Camp in both Missouri and Kansas for over a decade. Hiett has created ballets for the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, and the Kansas City Ballet. In 2007, she performed for the Career Transitions for Dancers 22nd Anniversary Jubilee in New York City. She has received many reviews and awards including a recent Generative Performing Artists Award from Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City. Her work Without a Word was performed at the 2012 National College Dance Festival held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.