Cupcakes & Conversation with Kaisey Johnston, former Soloist, Melbourne Ballet Company & with Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Texas, USA
Kaisey moved to London a few months ago, as she likes to challenge herself and feels that there are more opportunities in the UK and Europe to do so.
What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning?
It’s a new week and I’m excited for what is to come and what challenges I have! I guess it’s not so hard to be motivated!
What are you looking forward to dancing this year ?
At the moment I am unsure of what is on offer, so I am happy to dance in any performance that requires strength and is a bit sassy.
Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?
I would love to dance with someone who is equally as passionate and determined as me!
If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance?
In New York City on an open stage so everyone can view the performance. And all my family and friends can come!
How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?
I wear Bloch Synergy so they are extra hard. I like to sew them a special way so I know the laces and elastic won’t pop on stage. I like to wear my pointe shoes twice for rehearsals then perform in them! By this time they are like slippers.
What is your daily routine at the moment ?
I just moved to London, so I am looking for a company at the moment, just auditioning.
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?
Beyonce, Patrick Swayze, Meryl Streep, Oprah, Michael Jackson and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
What would surprise people about you ?
I don’t like to be centre of attention; I love to listen to others. Oh and I always at least triple check that I have all my things for a performance.
Who inspired you to dance ?
My parents, the most amazing, hard-working dancers out there like Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Li Cunxin, Madeline Eastoe, Thomas Read, and Amanda Bradley.
What is your best piece of advice ?
Never give up. I know it is so cliché, but through everything a dancer could experience it’s the best advice you could use.
How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?
I like to have a small meal about 3 hrs before, have a warm up that last about 1.5-2 hrs whilst listening to my favourite music so I can focus on the upcoming performance and go through bit by bit of the piece in my head and making sure I really enjoy the time I have.
Which role has tested you the most & how ?
Spanish Dancer in Nutcracker. I had only recently joined Metropolitan Classical Ballet and got the opportunity to alternate Spanish with a Principal Dancer. I loved every moment and worked so hard for that part.
If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create ?
A loose short chiffon skirt joined to a beautifully designed leotard with a low back. Something comfortable and flattering.
What do you look for in a dance partner ?
Strong, reliable, honest and communicative.
What is your favourite quote ?
Dance like no one is watching.
Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?
Chasse Coupe Jeté.
A phrase I use far too often is … ?
Hmm I’m not sure, I’m not sure I say any phrase too much, maybe just words 🙂
What’s been your best on-stage moment so far ?
Performing a contemporary solo in front of thousands of people in New York City at the Youth American Grand Prix Gala 2008.
Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?
I can sing.
In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be in a year from now ?
In a highly respectable company that is stable and where I can show my passion every day. Somewhere like Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, Complexions, Alvin Ailey and Rambert, just to name a few!