Djassi DaCosta Johnson is a native New Yorker, professional dancer and choreographer. She was a scholarship student at Alvin Ailey while simultaneously obtaining her B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College, CU. Upon graduation, she toured internationally for 15+ years with several modern dance companies and has lived in Brazil and Italy, teaching Horton Technique, performing and choreographing for film and television. A published writer and designer of the clothing, costume and accessories line, “dja.", the "Renaissance" New Yorker is also a Doula, breastfeeding consultant, advocate and activist. She is a founding Board Member of Art & Abolition, an organization currently working with young girls in Kenya who have been liberated from the sex trade/ trafficking and are healing through art & dance therapy as well as creating art-based commerce options within their communities to effect change.
Her choreography has been showcased around the world and after 7 years living in Rome, Italy, Djassi returned to Brooklyn with her lighting designer/ technical director husband (who she met on tour in Amsterdam 15 years ago working on the same show) and their 3 year old daughter. A storyteller at heart, Djassi is currently working on her own series of choreo-films, and several literary projects, including a children's book.