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Cajai Fellows Johnson, Professional Dancer

Cajai Fellows Johnson

Professional Dancer
New York

 

“Dance saves.” Small wonder we, whose purpose is to save the world’s skin, fell in love with this powerful — and empowering — multitalented artist!

Cajai Fellows Johnson formally started performing on stage at 9 years old and grew up falling in love with the art form of dance. When your mother is the director of dance for a state university, you grow up with a deeply rooted appreciation for the dance world. She continues to immerse herself in all forms of art and shares how dance has become her career, her therapy, her passion.

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 @Cajmahal

 Cajai Fellows Johnson


How long have you been a professional dancer?
I started working professionally in musical theater when I was 9 and specifically as a dancer when I was 22.

Why do you do it?
For me, dance saves. I mean that in a very literal sense. There is something about moving to music, whether I am performing at Lincoln Center or just grooving at a concert with friends, that makes everything ok. It’s a career, it’s therapy and it’s my passion.

How did you get started?
My mother is the director of dance at Central Connecticut State University for more than 40 years. So I grew up in the dance world.

What made you interested in dancing?
As I mentioned above, I grew up in dance and performance.  So I would watch these incredible humans rehearse and perform and I so attracted to the lifestyle and community.  I knew I wanted to be as physically beautiful as them but more importantly I wanted to inspire young dancers the way those dancers inspired me.

How do you train for it?
So. Many. Ways. Haha.  Maintaining a physically fit body so you are ready to perform at a moment’s notice, is a full time job.  I still take as many dance classes as I can get my hands on, sometimes up to 3 a day, which is including but not limited to ballet, jazz, and theater. I also do yoga which, as I get older, am finding is hugely important to keep my body safe and feeling good.  A lot of my close friends are fitness instructors so sometimes I drop into their classes.

I also expose myself to as much to the art world as possible. I go see shows. I collaborate with fellow artists. Things like that.

What are your favorite VMV products and why do you like using them?
I love love love the Illuminants+ Cream.  I deal with a lot of dryness and uneven skin tone and this moisturizer balances and hydrates making your skin look like its actually glowing.

Eye cream is also super important and VMV has a great one called Re-Everything Eye Serum.

What was your most memorable moment dancing?
Recently, it was a specific moment during one of my first times on the Metropolitan Opera stage.  There was a moment in the show when I was front and center, on my own, and had to do a double pirouette (a turn) into a grand jeté (a jump), in a very heavy dress and wig, I might add, and I remember nailing it! I felt such genuine happiness looking out into this massive audience, on a stage I had always dreamed of performing on and thought, “This moment is worth all the literal blood, sweat and tears.”

You feel prettiest when….
When I leave a really awesome dance class or workout! I sweat a lot and am usually drenched but I almost always leave smiling and laughing.

How do you want to be known as?
I want to be a leader who empowers people to live out their passions. That might be as big as finishing a degree or the small stuff, like seeing your favorite band.  I want people to look to me and believe they can also find happiness through hard work and compassion.

Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, skincare and/or training, etc?
It is important to get other people’s opinions, whether it is career advice or how to do your makeup, but always follow what is truest to yourself and what makes you happy as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Everyone will always have an opinion. Take what makes sense to you and leave the rest behind.

What inspires your art?
At its core, humans inspire my art.  When I paint or draw, I draw bodies.  When I see someone else dancing with passion, it instantly makes me want to dance!

What’s your daily skin care regimen and/or Make up?
I keep it super simple. I use sunscreen on my face in the morning and mascara and a tinted, moisturizing lipstick. In the evening, I cleanse with something gentle and do an evening moisturizer!


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Lorena Perez, Dancer

Lorena Perez

Dancer, Educator, Choreographer
Costa Rica

Lorena Perez formally started dancing at 5 years old and has been in love with dance since then. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Lore’s philosophy: “Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.”

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  Lore Perez

 Lore Perez

 


How long have you been dancing? 

While I completed my undergraduate degree in business, my true passion lies in dance, an art in which I have been engaged for as long as I can remember. I think I have been dancing since I was inside my mother’s womb. Actually, I cannot recall a moment in my life in which I wasn’t instantly moved by music or any type of rhythm. It’s interesting though, since my mother didn’t enjoy her ballet lessons as a child, she promised herself she would never force any of her children into dance lessons. Little did she know she would have a daughter that, by choice, would devote her life completely to this art form. All my childhood videos demonstrate the love I’ve had for dance since my early steps, but I began my first formal dance lessons at the age of 5. I’ve been in love with it since then and I know I always will. This is the reason why I chose to do it professionally and why I am currently pursuing my Masters in Fine Arts in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Why do you dance?

I dance because every cell in my body asks me to do so. It’s as if I need to dance in order to feel complete and alive. Dance feels completely innate and in a way, addictive. I usually can’t hold myself back and start dancing in any public space, supermarket hallway or even while I’m eating. When I’m dancing it just feels right, as if I was brought into this world to do this.

How do you train?

As dancers, we push ourselves physically and mentally, and we have to be willing to make sacrifices in order to succeed. I dance around 6 hours a day including technique classes and rehearsals. Usually, rehearsals can go late into the evening or even happen on weekends. It requires discipline, constancy and determination, but I believe an outstanding dancer loves this art form more than anything in this world.

“What is your favorite VMV product?” 

I’ve always had sensitive skin and VMV has been the perfect solution. Once I moved to New York I have had to deal with a much drier climate than in my native country, Costa Rica. Thankfully, VMV products, such as the hand and body smoother, have been there for me and have made it possible for my skin to be nurtured and healthy. The VMV product that I wouldn’t change for anything else in the world would be the antiperspirant. I am allergic to most deodorants and VMV antiperspirant is the one product that doesn’t make my skin break out into a rash. Not only is this a good way of preventing odor and controlling the sweat from my daily physical activity, but it keeps my skin safe and fresh.

Dancer Tip: Spray some VMV antiperspirant into your dance shoes to keep them fresh and dry and to prevent any possible odor!

What was your most memorable moment in dance?

My most memorable moment in dance was the day I performed for the first time at the Beacon Theater in New York. I looked into the audience, while standing in my starting pose, I felt the heat of the lights and thought to myself: this is where I belong.

You feel happiest when…

I feel the happiest when I am onstage or when I lose myself in movement while improvising. People usually ask me what it is that I think of when I’m performing. I usually don’t think too much, I feel. However, while performing, I always get this immense sensation of gratefulness for being able to dedicate my life to this passion. Truthfully though, my love of dance is not just when I am performing on stage, but also when I work tirelessly to refine my own skills and teach others to do the same. For me, teaching dance allows one to impart knowledge, inspire others and ultimately change lives.

Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?

My advice for dancers and everyone in general is to be fearless.

One of my favorite quotes is: “Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.” Taking chances and stopping being afraid of things will only open more doors and opportunities for us. Regarding sun protection, I would say the younger we start, the smarter we are. And dancers: let your skin be always healthy and audition-ready!


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