Deanna Jayasuriya – Founder

Deanna Jayasuriya started dancing when she was 2 ½ at the Yvonne Bradley School of Dance in Colombo, Sri Lanka. At the age of sixteen she proceeded to London to further her career in dance. She then attended classes with the late Miss Ruth French, a major examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance. Deanna opened her own school in London and continued teaching for a period of ten years before returning to Sri Lanka. Deanna also qualified as a teacher of Flamenco Dancing and studied under the prominent Antonio in Madrid.

In 1980 Deanna Jayasuriya established herself as one of the leading ballet teachers in Sri Lanka and devoted a good part of her life towards nurturing and expanding her school, which currently has an enrolment of over 500 students ranging from the ages of 2 to 19.

Deanna’s students are encouraged to work hard and learn ballet with passion. Her first student to excel was her niece, Michelle Abeydeera, who danced with the Central Ballet of London, and was part of a dance company that performed around the world. Next was Serena Ahangama, who was the first to obtain her BA (Hons) degree in dance at the University of Surrey. At present two of her students are are teachers overseas. Dehara Senaratne has completed her degree in Melbourne and is now teaching Ballet. Nadhira De Saram has also completed her BA (Hons) degree in the UK and is presently teaching in Norway. Her student, Ran Akama who passed Advanced RAD with a Distinction has excelled herself ever since. Another Senior, Ayumi Ratnakumara, who started Ballet at DSD at the age of 2 ½ years, has 3 prestigious qualifications under her belt, namely, the BA (Hons) in Ballet Education, the LRAD (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance) and the ARAD (Associate of the RAD). She is presently teaching at the Deanna School of Dancing.

Deanna suggests that there is a plethora of qualified and experienced ballet teachers in Colombo, which is why classical ballet is still alive in Sri-Lanka. She hopes that, some day, rural students will also get the opportunity to learn and appreciate this beautiful art form.

Deanna handed over the school in January, 2015 to her two daughters, Natasha Jayasuriya as Principal and Natalie Jayasuriya as Vice Principal.