Chartamia “Shay” Turner – Independent Dance Artist

Chartamia “Shay” Turner, is a choreographer, dance educator, and arts administrator in the DC Metro Area. A native of Illinois, Chartamia graduated with a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago, 2013. While living in Chicago, Chartamia has collaborated with visual artists Jillan Soto and Murat Adash. Chartamia has presented works in the Chicagoland area including; Chicago’s Dance Month, Letters To 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 at Dance Place with Nicole Binder and Gabrielle Revlock and with BodyCartography of Minneapolis, MN and recently, Katie Spocki Drake “SpaceTime Suite”, and has presented work for Small Plates Choreography Festival.

Oralee Skeath grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and began studying Kuchipudi (classical South Indian dance) at the Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts. She also studied ballet, modern, and jazz before attending Cornish College of the Arts, where she graduated in May 2016. While at Cornish, Oralee performed the work of Sidra Bell, Jose Limon, Deborah Wolf, and Wade Madsen. She was also certified to teach Pilates Mat classes, and studied voice with Beth Winter and Michael Delos. Oralee has a strong interest in fostering dancer wellness, and is pursuing this passion in her own dance practice, teaching, education, and research.