Deanna Lynn Martinez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is an alumna of the “Fame” school, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she worked with artistic director of Ailey II, Troy Powell, and artistic director of ZviDance, Zvi Gotheiner. She then received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies from Hunter College, as a Macaulay Honors scholar, and graduated summa cum laude.

She has trained abroad as a scholarship participant at the Alambrado Danza studio in Florence, Italy, and made her debut international performance in the Tobago Contemporary Dance Festival. Currently, Deanna is an active performing member of Janice Rosario and Company, a hip-hop instructor at Creative Arts Studio, and a Teaching Assistant at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center. She is also the DanceMotion USA Intern at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Deanna is excited to be joining the VALLETO team as their Assistant Manager Intern this winter.