Demetria “D’vass” Charles is a NYC native who was born in Staten Island. She started training at the age of 4 in Elmont, NY, at Perfection Dance Center. During her youth she studied Graham, Dunham, tap, ballet and hip hop. She later attended Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, where she continued her studies in pointe, modern and ballet. She has also studied and performed with Martha Graham Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company in Harlem, and with Queenz Finest Hip Hop Dance Group (Queens).
Demetria went on to obtain her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College, in 2014. During her college career, she performed works by choreographers such as Balanchine, Adam Barruch, and former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet member Ebony Williams. Upon her graduation from SUNY Purchase, Ms. Charles went on to work with Dissonance Dance Theatre Ngoma for Dance, in Washington, DC, to embark on her professional career.
Always looking for opportunities to refine her choreographic skills, she has choreographed and performed, by request, at weddings, anniversaries and professional gatherings and charities such as Candice Sickle Cell Foundation. She has also choreographed and performed for independent projects, including Ruby Sampson’s Headwrap Tutorial.
Upon returning to New York, she performed as a guest dancer with iKADA Contemporary Dance and is now the new core dance member of Periapsis Music and Dance, where she will continue to move her audiences with her energy, presence and emotion.