Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Barton studied classical ballet at the National Ballet School in Toronto. Now living in Los Angeles, Barton tours globally with her international dance project, Aszure Barton & Artists. As a choreographer she has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, the American Ballet Theatre, the Teatro alla Scala, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the English National Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich and the Sydney Dance Company, among many others. Her works have been presented on international stages including the Palais Garnier (Paris), the Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg), the Kennedy Center (Washington), the Sadler’s Wells (London), the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater (Havana), Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and Lincoln Center (New York). Barton was also involved as a choreographer in the Broadway production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA (directed by Scott Elliott), as well as in films, installations and TV formats.
She has received numerous awards and honors including the Arts & Letters Award (Canada), Bonnie Bird Choreography Award (UK), the Gross Prize (USA), among others. Aszure Barton has been proclaimed an Ambassador of Contemporary Choreography in Alberta. She was a longstanding resident artist at the Banff Centre and was the first Martha Duffy resident at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. As an educator, Barton has taught at the Juilliard School, Harvard University, Laban Institute, and New York University, and is currently a faculty member at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California.