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DR. DEANNA PAOLANTONIO (Ph.D)

founder & director of d-dance

Deanna is a dancer, fitness instructor, certified teacher, Ph.D., and T1D.  Her formal dance training began at the age of four and her love of movement has fuelled her work and studies.  D-Dance is the result of her doctoral studies where Deanna focused on ways to use dance as a tool for promoting creativity, confidence, and positive body image in students.  While Deanna will admit that her diagnosis with T1D was initially something she saw as an obstacle, it has since become a source of great inspiration and opportunity.  An opportunity to learn more about her body, an opportunity to educate others, and more than anything an opportunity to inspire T1D dancers to continue their love of movement despite diabetes.  Yes, life might be tough sometimes with T1D but it definitely does not have to be any less sweet.