Deda Cristina Colonna graduated in ballet from Istituto Musicale Brera di Novara and Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Chorégraphiques in Paris. She holds a degree in dance from the Sorbonne, where she specialized in Baroque Dance and Italian/French Renaissance Dance. She graduated from the Acting School of Teatro Stabile di Genova and she worked as a soloist and guest choreographer with The New York Baroque Dance Company. She acted in various productions ranging from Shakespeare to Cechov and Genet, in Italy, France and Germany. She choreographed the dances and the baroque gestures of many operas and ballets, especially of the baroque and classical repertoire, working with directors as Pier Luigi Pizzi, Guido De Monticelli, Antonio Latella. She was Pier Luigi Pizzi’s assistant for numerous productions.
She is the Director of the Dance School of Civico Istituto Brera in Novara. Her research on baroque dance was published in the proceedings of numerous international conferences.
She has recently begun her career as a director-choreographer, mainly staging works from the baroque repertoire such as "Mulier Fortis" by J.B. Staut, "La serva scaltra" by J.A. Hasse , "Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria", "L'Orfeo" and “L’incoronazione di Poppea” by C. Monteverdi, "La liberazione di Ruggero dall'Isola di Alcina" by F. Caccini, "La Diana Schernita" by G. Cornacchioli, "The Fairy Queen" by H. Purcell and “Così fan tutte” by W.A. Mozart.