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Meet Khaja Johnson of Karizma Dancers in Doral

Today we’d like to introduce you to Khaja Johnson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Khaja. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a mentor, mentee, behavior analyst, choreographer, dancer, business owner, and entrepreneur.

Dancing has always been a main passion of mine and I’ve always enjoyed performing and creating, no matter where I go and no matter who is watching. One of my main focuses, Karizma Dancers, is certainly a prime example of that.

Well, Karizma Dancers wasn’t always known as The Karizma Dancers. Karizma actually began as the dance team of FIU CSA (Florida International University’s Caribbean Students Association) back in 2014. I held auditions for the team and was determined to at least place when we compete. The original purpose of the team was to represent FIU at a nationwide conference held yearly (FCSA) and to battle against other dance teams from CSAs at other univeristies mostly in Florida such as UM, UF, FSU, UCF, etc. We all were competing for a trophy and title in winning the talent portion of the conference and bringing honor to our university. Karizma won 1st place for 3 years in competing against dozens of schools and it was a fun, humbling, and enlightening experience for us all.

Karizma had a number of performances around the FIU campus year round and our name was becoming very well known. It was at that point that I determined that we might be successful externally as well – give the outside world a chance to know who we are and what we stand for.

After a year or so, Karizma has made its mark on the professional dance community being featured at numerous events, live performances, and performing in music videos with well known influencers and artists such as Dwayne Wade, Nacho, Chip, Alkaline, Stefflondon, Raja Kumari, Red Rat, Roody Rood Boy, and many more. Crazy enough, I believe that we are just starting to scratch the surface – there is so much more in store for the talented, dedicated, and CHARISMATIC women who are a part of this team.

Which leads us to the now…

We are the Karizma Dancers! Our team is currently composed of Caribbean, American, Caribbean-American, and Latin-American dancers (primarily women) who specialize in a variety of cultured arts such as Dancehall, Afrobeats, Latin styles, American Hip-hop and much more. We focus on catering to our community and delivering high energy performances with a touch of our well-known charisma and unique diversity. Our team is a group of professionals who are sought out for events ranging from hosting private and public functions and festivities to performing in music videos and live shows.

We respect the dance community, we devote ourselves to training, and I just want to make sure we put our all into each and every supporter and onlooker there is. I am truly grateful and the fight never stops!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Has it been a smooth road… not quite? Our team has gone through many transitions that could have set us back. Deciding to branch away from FIU and pursue a united professional career certainly met some resistance from past members and supporters at the time. When people are used to doing one thing for so long, change is hard to come by.

Luckily we pulled past those difficult times and made it to where we are today! Along the way, I have met so many genuine, inspiring people and it makes our journey that much more enjoyable.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
As mentioned before, I am also a behavior analyst. My day time duties consist of working with children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, ODD, emotional disorders, etc. I create treatment plans and supervise registered behavior technicians and other therapists to ensure procedures are carried out accordingly and my clients reach an improved quality of life.

Balancing the lives of being an analyst, running an external dance company, and being a professional dancer and choreographer can be difficult and trying at times. Time management is extremely important, as is self-discipline and positivity.

I would certainly say I am equally proud of my master’s degree – changing children’s lives daily and mentoring and training the group of individuals that is Karizma. I’m grateful that these dancers trust me with their careers and growth and I love working with families and determining solutions for a brighter tomorrow.

I would say my versatility, dedication, and passion is what would set me apart from the rest. Many people want to make a change in this world. How many people execute that goal? I am determined to make my mark and I love every step of the way as I do it.

Tell us about your childhood, what were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always an extrovert. I was talkative, playful, a little sensitive even. I’ve also always taken an interest in the arts – creativity and imagination were always so important to me. From elementary to high school and even college I would participate in talent shows, open mic nights, basically, any platform where I could join a team and perform.

As I got older, I learned a few things about business and created some unbreakable bonds that I’ll never forget. It was honestly at FIU that I discovered how much I love giving and pushing people to their ultimate potentials- not just in dance, but in life in general. Of course, dancing is also SO much fun. I feel like everyone discovers what they’re best at in the showers growing up hahaha. I definitely would upset my parents singing and dancing and stomping around in the bathroom.

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