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Charissa Barton is a creative director, choreographer, dancer and co-founder of Barton Movement, a Los Angeles based production company specializing in all things dance. With a career that spans 25 years across 17 countries, she is known most recently for her work as Associate Choreographer for Katy Perry’s Grammy performance, choreographer for popular web series Conman, and as Director/Choreographer of short film Question of You. She is also co-founder of Axis Connect, a creative platform for high-caliber dance artists. www.theaxisconnect.com
Charissa is proud to have joined forces with other distinguished directors, choreographers and visionaries including David Parsons, Daniel Ezralow, Julie Taymor, Robert Battle, Benjamin Millepied, Aszure Barton, Howard Schatz, Lois Greenfield, Willo Perron and Billy Taylor, among others. The middle of the 'three Barton sisters,' all successful creative artists, she appears in the acclaimed Julie Taymor film, Across the Universe and is currently in pre-development for a documentary film that will spotlight all three sisters.
Charissa has performed in world-renowned venues including the Sydney Opera House, Kennedy Center, City Center, Joyce Theater, La Scala (Milan), Spoleto Festival, Jacobs Pillow, Umbria Jazz Festival and countless others. Her extensive 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. Charissa teaches masterclasses internationally, and has been a driving force of her sister's innovative and exciting dance project, Aszure & Artists, acting as artistic collaborator and dancer since 2002.
In addition to her theater and film credits, Charissa has been featured in numerous publications including Vogue Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Dance Magazine, Passion and Line (Howard Schatz), Lois Greenfield calendars, and other prominent international publications.
Along with her accomplishments in the Entertainment industry, Charissa co-founded and ran several businesses in NYC, Los Angeles, and Ireland including a Technology consulting firm (Qbase), a Wellness company (SQ Wellness), and a Humanitarian organization (Born Free Now Foundation), all of which have broadened and fueled her creative endeavors. Her extraordinary leadership skills combined with her collaborative spirit are unparalleled, rendering her invaluable as an innovative consultant and artistic leader. She is currently working on several notable projects in Los Angeles, CA.