About djassi daCosta johnson
djassi daCosta johnson is a native New Yorker, classically trained modern dancer, choreographer, photographer, filmmaker, designer, writer and doula. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Barnard College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance, new media and technology from New York University’s Tish School of the Arts, where she was a Dean’s Fellow. Djassi has worked internationally as a dancer, actor, choreographer and creative director for fashion films, photo shoots and industrial showcases.
As a doula, her work extends to homeopathic, holistic and herbal healing as well as cloth diaper advocacy, education and extended breastfeeding support. She is currently developing a documentary project in conjunction with midwife Barri Malek on Black maternal health advocacy and the importance of sharing birth stores in order to shift the narrative around women and birth in in our global culture.
Djassi is currently in the process of birthing the first fine arts dance degree at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix, where she teaches dance and humanities as an assistant professor.