Deanna Atchley has over 20 years of cheerleading and dance experience. At a young age, Deanna became interested in dance. She took recreational dance classes throughout elementary and middle school. As a Louisville native, Deanna grew up in a competitive cheerleading environment and started taking tumbling lessons at the internationally known Gym Tyme for several years. As a Louisville Male High School cheerleader, Deanna won an Americheer National Championship, followed by an NCA National Championship in the Medium Varsity Division. Deanna was also named an NCA All-American. Deanna was fortunate enough to be coached by Brad Habermel (Cheer Athletics) while at Male. In addition, she was a member of Male’s Award-Winning Show Choir for all four years.
Personal Artist Statement: To utilize dance as a form of creative expression to connect, enrich, inspire, and empower others in an inclusive positive environment. Specifically for West African Dance and drumming.
Drum Programming: To study, preserve, and promote the richness of African culture (and that of the African Diaspora) through dance and drumming.