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True to her name, Brooklyn-native, Karisma Jay is the epitome of Multi-Hyphenate. Dancer, Actress, Singer, Director, Playwright, Choreographer, Coach, Teacher, Entrepreneur and Host, she has been performing, curating and creating for three decades. Her work has been featured on Netflix, Lifetime, BET, MTV, NBC, and VH1. In 2013, Karisma joined STOMP and 2016, Family Circle magazine coined her a “Local Hero” & Lifetime TV- a Female Entrepreneur to Watch. In 2017, she won the “Power Women in Business” award for her work as Artistic Director/Founder of AbunDance Academy in Brooklyn. Annually, she writes, directs, produces & co-stars in musicals that AbunDance presents. A recent Summa Cum Laude Dance MFA graduate of Hunter College, she also Guest teaches Dance/Culture at Hunter. A Guest Teaching Artist at The Juilliard School, she’s also the choreographic apprentice of David Byrne’s American Utopia. She is a Dance Teacher Magazine’s 2021 Dance Teacher Award Recipient.
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