Chartamia “Shay” Turner, raised in Normal, IL started her early training in the Chicagoland area. Chartamia graduated with a BA in dance with a concentration in choreography from Columbia College Chicago in 2013. During her time at Columbia College Chicago, Chartamia had the privilege to present two works at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago as well as perform in numerous student works and Faculty Concert. Chartamia’s most noted performance while attending Columbia College Chicago was dancing alongside Bill T Jones/Ernie Zane Dance Company.
While living in Chicago, Chartamia collaborated with visual artists Jillan Soto and Murat Adash and was a company member of Noumenon Dance Experience (Chicago). Chartamia has presented works in the Chicagoland area including; LettersTo Obama, BeastWomen Series, Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Delve Showcase, and Joel Hall’s: Dances In The Hall. While in DC, she has had the privilege to perform twice at DancePlace with Nicole Binder and Gabrielle Revlock and most recently with BodyCartography of Minneapolis, MN. Chartamia recently apprenticed with ClancyWorks Dance Company and served as one of their teaching artists. Chartamia is also faculty at Elite Dance Studio and District Dance Arts!