Charity Deloera originates from Beaumont, Texas and has danced her entire life. While growing up, she studied classical ballet at the Bonnie Cokinos School of Dance where she was a member of the Beaumont Ballet Theatre. Her teachers included Mary Robertson, Charlee Hanna-Rule, Tiffany Hornack, and of course Artistic Director, Mrs. Bonnie Cokinos. At a very early age, it was clear that dance wasn’t just a hobby!
In preparation of reaching her goals, Charity eagerly continued her studies during the summer months with surrounding ballet schools such as The Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet and Margo Marshall School of Ballet in Houston, Texas.
Charity performed across the nation through Regional Dance America/Southwest Festivals where she won many awards and scholarship opportunities. Through Dance Masters of America, she received many special honors including being crowned Miss Teen Dance of Texas and years later Miss Dance of Texas. Charity became the “girl to watch” in her community after being the first (and only) African-American to dance the title role of Cinderella in the full length ballet’s annual performance.
Upon graduation, Charity moved to New York City to study at the world-renowned Ailey School in a special program in conjunction with Fordham University, where she earned her BFA in dance. While at Ailey, Charity was under the direction of the late Denise Jefferson and Ana Marie Forsythe. Some of her other teachers included Lynn Glauber, Graciela Kozak, Francisco Martinez, Milton Myers, Melanie Person, Troy Powell, and many more.
At the Ailey School, Charity got the opportunity to perform works by top choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, William Forsythe and Christopher Huggins. She also got the chance to perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in the ballet, Memoria.
Charity went on to professionally dance in stage productions and videos. Some of her favorite credits include The Francesca Harper Project, Hollywood Dreams at The Hershey Park, The High School Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse, a Verizon Wireless commercial, Whitney Houston’s Million Dollar Bill video, and The Lion King on Broadway!
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” – Friedrich Nietzsche