By the time she began studying ballet at age 8,
Candace knew it would be a life-long love.
The school she attended in California was a Cecchetti-based,
modest but devoted to Russian ballet.
She graduated high school early to study under Alan Howard
whose school and small company in San Francisco carried on the legacy
of his career with Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo.
At eighteen, though Howard had
accepted her into his company, she decided to attend San Jose State
University and completed a B.A. in Psychology though she concentrated
on dance. Candace was
invited to teach dance at SJSU where she also took on Artistic
Direction of a small dance company while earning her M.A. in Theater
Arts/Dance. Her ballet
studies continued under Dimitri Romanoff (regisseur for American
Cliff Keuter and Elina Mooney came
from New York to teach at SJSU and chose Candace to be a founding
dancer of their New Dance San Jose until1988 when they left to teach
at Arizona State University.
Candace and her husband moved there as well and continued to
work with them as well as with local modern companies.
At ASU, Candace earned a second Master’s and taught there as
well as at community colleges and a ballet school.
Turning to Pilates to help with mild
scoliosis, she saw the enormous benefit for dancers and anyone looking
to prolong activity level.
She graduated from a comprehensive program under Virginia Nicholas and
Michele Larsson and she is PMA-certified.
She is happy to join the Adage staff and looks forward to
sharing her lifetime of experience performing and teaching aspiring
artists of any age.