After winning the Cosmopolitan Dance Award at the age of 16, CJay trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts where she studied all aspects of dance, drama and musical theatre and attained her teaching qualifications. Throughout a varied career she taught at vocational schools including Arts Education, the Mountview Academy and Italia Conti.

On leaving college over 30 years ago, CJay joined Wayne Sleep’s Hot Shoe Show at Norwich Theatre Royal and then went on to dance in live shows and pop videos for artists including Queen, Go West, Kiss, Prefab Sprout, David Grant and Jaki Graham’s ‘Mated’ and Freddy Mercury’s ‘Made in Heaven’. Other TV credits include Live and Kicking, the Hippodrome Show and Top of the Pops. Her early freelance dance work also included dancing for the revolutionary choreographer Arlene Philips which resulted in her first West End Theatre job in Starlight Express.