Candace Thompson (New York)
Soca & Modern Teacher
Candace Thompson is a professional dancer and certified fitness professional with experience that spans a wide gamut of styles and techniques including Afro-Caribbean, Classical Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, West African and Soca. 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. Candace's performing experience spans a wide gamut of styles and techniques including Afro-Caribbean, Classical Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Soca and West African.
She has worked with companies from Trinidad and Tobago including Trinity Dance Theater, Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Company and Elle NYTT (for Machel Montano HD) as well as US based companies and choreographers including, Andrea E. Woods-Valdez, Christal Brown, David Gordon, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Germaul Barnes, Leda Meredith, Lynn Parkerson, Makeda Thomas, Sydnie L. Mosley and Trebien Pollard. Candace is driven to perform work that is challenging both physically and emotionally, and is always seeking new performance opportunities to hone her skills. As a moving body, Candace enriches the stage with her long reach, extended lines and dynamic physicality.
Candace's career in fitness began haphazardly in high school, where she entered and won the aerobic burnout competition. She has since become an IFTA certified Group Fitness Leader, ACE certified Personal Trainer, Int. Pilates Mat instructor, TRX® Suspension Trainer, TRX® Rip Trainer and TRX® FORCE certified instructor. Candace has taught at gyms around NYC including, Harbor Fitness, Lucille Roberts, Fluid Fitness NY, New You Fitness and Crown Heights Yoga & FItness. Currently, Candace does in-home training for clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and teaches the Elle NYTT Soca classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, New York.