Deja N. Darbonne was born and raised in Fairfield, CA, where she began dancing at Center Stage Ballet Academy under the direction of her mother Anita Hope. In 2017, she graduated from New World School of the Arts College in Miami, FL where she received her BFA from University of Florida. Darbonne has danced professionally with Peter London Global Dance Company, Dance Now Miami, Ballet Hispanico’s second company “BHdos”, Ruddur Dance Company, and is currently a member of OCA Dance. Darbonne has performed works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Keelan Whitmore, Robert Battle, Eduardo Vilaro, Justin Rapaport, Melissa Fernandez, Jamar Roberts, among others. Darbonne has attended numerous summer dance programs such as Ballet Hispánico’s ChoreoLaB, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Francisco Gella Dance Works, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco City Ballet. In recognition of her academic excellence and scholarly achievement, Darbonne was awarded the Miami-Dade College Honors Dance award in 2015.