About our Artistic Director / Founder: Karisma Jay
True to her name, Brooklyn-native, Karisma is an honors graduate of Fiorello H. La-Guardia High School of the Performing Arts where she majored in dance. She is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School where she studied Performing Arts and Pre-Medicine and is a certificate student of the Mathematics Education Master’s program at City College. Teaching dance since the tender age of 11, she has honed her skills of working with children to develop the confidence and charisma of even the shyest and/or youngest of the students. As a licensed Substitute teacher with NYC Department of Education, she has successfully coached countless students through the audition and interview process to enter specialized and performing arts middle, high schools and colleges.
Career wise, Karisma has been dancing and performing since the age of two. She has studied at Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Ailey School (Junior Division) and has performed/toured with prestigious dance companies such as Brooklyn Ballet, Maimouna Keita, Creative Outlet, Asase Yaa, and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence. Professionally, Karisma has been featured in programs aired on Netflix, BET, MTV, NBC, and VH1 and her voiceover work can be heard in major network commercials for artists including Ne-Yo, Miguel and Taio-Cruz. During the 2013-2014 season, Karisma joined the national touring company of the longest-running Off Broadway musical, STOMP. With an entrepreneurial spirit and business mindset, her mission is to lead by example so that everyone who crosses paths with her flourishes AbunDantly. In January 2015, Karisma received Citations from NY City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ office for her work with the youth of the City of New York. She is also the recipient of the NY State Assemblyman Rodneyse Bichotte’s Certificate of Excellence for her work with East Flatbush Village’s Dance Team. Most recently, she won the 6th Annual New York Stars of Dance Competition and she received Caribbean Life’s Impact Award.