Sylvia Deaton, age twenty-four, comes to Columbia University’s School of General Studies from a ten year ballet career with the Boston Ballet. Deaton moved to Boston from Kentucky to train in the Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional division for three years, studying under the Sydelle Gomberg Scholarship. She performed soloist roles in every school showcase, traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark on an exchange program with the Royal Danish Ballet, and won a Silver medal at the Tanzolymp Dance Festival in Berlin, Germany. In 2008, Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen asked her to be a dancer for Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet’s apprentice program. In 2011, Boston Ballet nominated Deaton as their Princess Grace nominee, an award that honors excellence in emerging theatre, dance, and film talent. She performed more soloist roles than any other Boston Ballet II member to date. At age seventeen, she joined Boston Ballet as a Corps de Ballet dancer. She has volunteered with Boston Ballet’s Citydance, Adaptive Dance, and Taking Steps Programs, which teach dance to inner-city children and children with special needs. She has also performed in outreach shows in public schools across Massachusetts and was featured in an advertisement for the rental car company Zipcar. Deaton has been interviewed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s newspaper The Tech, Dance Magazine, the Carrots N’ Cake blog, Ballet News, and local television program To The Pointe and served as a positive voice for the ballet by participating in multiple Boston Ballet promotional interviews and speeches. At Northeastern University, Deaton made the Fall 2013 Dean’s List, and in 2014, both her English I and English II professors asked to use her papers as examples for future classes. Along with Deaton’s studies at Columbia University’s School for General Studies, she is a PR Assistant for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative and Co Chair of the Ivy Ballet Exchange. Deaton also works at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.