Charissa-Lee Barton is a choreographer, creative director, dancer and co-founder of Barton Movement (www.bartonmovement.com) with a presence in NYC and Los Angeles. With a career that spans 25 years and 17 countries, Charissa is proud to have joined forces with distinguished directors, choreographers, musicians and visionaries including David Parsons, Daniel Ezralow, Julie Taymor, Robert Battle, Benjamin Millepied, Aszure Barton, Howard Schatz, Lois Greenfield, Turtle Island String Quartet and Billy Taylor, among others. The middle of the 'three Barton sisters,' all successful creative artists, her choreography can be seen in SyFy series Con Man, The Patriot Act Show with Hasan Minhaj, various music videos, a couple of dance shorts and Katy Perry’s 2015 Grammy performance. Charissa is also co-founder of Axis Connect, a creative platform for world-class dance artists (www.theaxisconnect.com.) She was most recently chosen as one of six choreographers to showcase her work for DanceBreakNYC.
Charissa has performed in renowned venues including the Sydney Opera House, Kennedy Center, City Center, Joyce Theater, La Scala, Spoleto Festival, Jacobs Pillow, Umbria Jazz Festival and countless others. Her background in the conception and production of live events has led her to collaborate on numerous notable projects including productions by New York City Ballet, Parsons Dance Company, and Benjamin Millepied and Company. She teaches masterclasses internationally, and was a driving force in her sisters innovative and exciting dance project, Aszure & Artists, acting as artistic collaborator and dancer from 2002-2009. In addition to her theater and film credits, Charissa-Lee has been featured in numerous publications including Vogue Magazine, New York Times, Dance Magazine, Passion and Line (Howard Schatz), Lois Greenfield works, and other prominent international publications.
Along with her achievements in the Entertainment industry, Charissa co-founded and ran businesses in NYC, Los Angeles, and Ireland, including a humanitarian organization with which she brought aid to communities in need in Africa, El Salvador, India, Peru, Ireland and the US. Her extraordinary leadership skills combined with her collaborative spirit render her invaluable as a collaborator and artistic leader. She is currently working on several projects in NYC and Los Angeles.