Candace Thompson, a Trinidad and Tobago native, is a dancer, choreographer, certified fitness professional and cultural producer. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe and Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. Her dance training is extensive, beginning in Trinidad and Tobago, where she received instruction in modern dance and ballet, at La Danse Caraibe under Heather Henderson-Gordon. She is a graduate of Adelphi University's BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department, and has gone on to work in various dance styles including Afro-Caribbean, Classical Modern, Modern/Contemporary, Contemporary Floor Technique, Jazz, Soca and West African.
CanDanceFit, a personal training, corrective exercise and movement instruction entity, serves clients and studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, conveniently bringing safe, holistic fitness, exercise, dance and movement programs to fitness enthusiasts short on time, but big on quality and to studios delivering high quality training.
ACE certified Personal Trainer
Pilates Mat instructor
TRX® Suspension Trainer + Rip Trainer + FORCE certified instructor
Level 1 Kettlebell Concepts Instructor
NASM certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification (in progress)
The Brookbush Institute for Human Movement Science (Corrective Exercise + Program Design)
Additionally, Candace has extended experience in Self Myofascial Release, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Gyrotonic Expansion system and in Ballet, Horton, Dunham, Graham, Soca and Afro-Caribbean Dance Techniques. CanDanceFit merges the benefits of dance training with fitness and personal training strategies to serve both the average individual and the budding to professional performer. Currently, Candace does in-home training for clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and teaches Soca Dance and Total Body Conditioning at Mark Morris Dance Center.
Candace produces her own dance work under two umbrellas: ContempoCaribe and Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. ContempoCaribe is a choreography and performance project creating art that embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora. ContempoCaribe's work has been performed at Dance Caribbean Collective's New Traditions Festival, COCO Dance Festival (Trinidad), Dancing While Black:jumpin fences, Dance Enthusiast's Moving Caribbean in NYC, Draftwork and Danspace Project among others. Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a collaborative and organising body, creating platforms for artists developing work from a Caribbean perspective, to show their work within the local diaspora community in NYC. DCC produces a season of Caribbean cultural events leading up to the annual New Traditions Festival.
As a performer, Candace is attracted to work that is challenging both physically and emotionally, and is especially motivated to dance the stories of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Her performing experience spans two regions: Trinidad and Tobago and North America.
In Trinidad and Tobago her credits include working with:
- Allan Balfour - Trinity Dance Theater
- Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Company
- ELLE NYTT (for Lashaun Prescott, Patrice Roberts, Machel Montano HD)
- La Danse Caraibe - Heather Henderson Gordon
- COCO Dance Festival
And in the US:
- Andrea E. Woods-Valdez - Souloworks
- Andre Zachery - Renegade Performance Group
- Chris Walker - Facing Home: Love & Redemption
- Christal Brown - INSPIRIT, a dance company
- David Gordon - Pick-up Performance Company
- Abel R. Salaam - Forces of Nature Dance Theater
Other special awards and professional accreditations include being a part of the inaugural Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016, Adelphi University's 2016/2017 10 Under 10 program for young alumni, Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence for fall 2017 and 2018 class of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy through National Arts Strategies and University of Pennsylvania.