Sunday, December 29, 2013

CEG Indian Holiday Bash

CEG did a huge all Indian Bash for the holidays.  The night went fast and we did quite a few numbers including a Madonna Revue, a Latin Revue, and an Indian Bollywood Hip Hop Revue.  I put up the MJ Tribute which included Smooth Criminal, Billie Jean, Beat It, and of course, my favorite, Thriller.  Here’s a photo sent to me of me and Laura from CEG and my new Indian friend (in the back) who staged the Indian number.  Enjoy!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Ketel One Vodka Commercial

Hey, My Peeps!

With an eagle eye, you might find me in these two "Commitment" campaign videos for Ketel One Vodka!

They highlighted real musicians too.  In fact, the main character in this campaign is a drummer for the New York rock band, "Deadbeat Darling."  I casted and choreographed movement for their cool, art noir black and white shot music video called "Surf India," and we just happened to be casted in the same commercial.  My soprano saxophone player from Jazz Ain't Dead was in this commercial too!!!  ....Small world.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Audition Team 2014


Here’s the photo of the annual cocktail party/meeting we had at our director’s Michael Blake’s house.  This is the 2014 Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Audition Team. 

Look for one of us in a city near you! 


Angelica Lynn Stiskin, Joi Lynn, Ronnie D. Carney, Candice Michelle Franklin, Earl Mosley, Yusha Sorzano,
(Not Pictured/Michael Blake, Director)

Friday, August 9, 2013

That’s my AJ!

To my wonderful AJ….  Singer, Dancer, Actor and Fantastic entertainer. 
May you rest in peace…

Grease with AJ Created at



Monday, June 3, 2013

Hip Hop Audition–Casting by Pro DANZ Group

Hip Hop/Street Jazz Dancers Needed
For New Recording Artist who is opening act for rapper, “Nelly.”

Saturday, June 15
Sign-In at 10AM For Both Male & Females with Call Backs at 1pm
Nola Studios, 244 West 54 Street, 11th Floor
New York City

Paid Rehearsals. Paid Performances plus Per Diem.
All Travel Expenses Paid.

New female R&B recording artist with Rosa International LLC seeks sexy/hot, trained male and female hip hop/street jazz dancers to be in her opening act set on a 24-city tour headlined by rap artist, Nelly, beginning July 18 through September 14.  All travel and hotel accommodations are paid plus daily per diem on tour.  Male dancers must be at least 5'81/2" or taller.  Women should be at least 5'3 1/2" or taller. Audition will be held Saturday, June 15, at Nola Dance Studios, 244 West 54 Street, 11th floor, with sign-up beginning at 10am.  Call backs at 1pm.  A choreographed combination will be taught and you will be asked to free-style.  B-boy skills and acro is a plus.   Be prepared to stay til 3pm for call backs, if asked to learn more.   Rehearsals begin immediately in New York City following audition.  Expect to rehearse Monday through Friday 6pm - 10pm and Saturday afternoons 10am-3pm til tour opens July 18.  Only those who can commit to this tour and tight rehearsal schedule need apply.  Please bring pictures and resumes stapled together.  Dancers can submit photos and resumes for invited call to  Artist is looking to hire a mix of nationalities.  Ethnic types strongly encouraged to attend.  Paid rehearsals by the hour.  Paid performances.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Photos from Legendary Pianist, Onaje Allan Gumbs’ New Vintage Show at BAM Cafe

Onaje Allan Gumbs

New Vintage

Featuring Jazz Ain’t Dead® Dance Artists
Jerome Melsaun Warren & Candice Michelle Franklin
performing “Overjoyed.”

Photography by Keith Rogers

OAG Big Lift close upOAG Cha Cha Moment by Keith RogersOAG Cradle with Jerome by Keith RogersOAG Like Mine photo by Ketith RogersOAG Small Lift One at BAM photo by Keith RogersOnaje and Audience at Bam photo by Keith Rogers

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

JAD Band Guests at New York Jazz Choreography Project

Jazz Ain’t Dead® principal dance artists Jerome Melaun Warren and Candice Michelle Franklin perform together again as guests for the New York Jazz Choreography Project which runs April 27 – 28 at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in midtown. 

For the first night, dance artists Jerome Melsaun Warren and the young and beautiful, Maria Rodriguez (plucked from Miss Franklin’s advanced trainee Jazz dance classes at the renowned Joffrey Ballet School) will be performing a duet accompanied by Jazz Ain’t Dead vocalist, Rajdulari Barnes.  On the second day of the show run, Jazz Ain’t Dead® choreographer, Candice Michelle Franklin, will join Warren, her long standing partner (about ten years we think if you don’t count when Franklin was Warren’s teacher), in performing the same duet with Jazz Ain’t Dead’s live band.  Principal music arranger for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, Chris Rob, will be accompanying the dancing pair with his new samba arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed” both singing and playing the piano in a vocal duet of the famous song with JAD’s Rajdulari Barnes.  Also sitting in is Wallace Roney’s fabulous bass player, Rashaan Carter, and the great salsero, Geraldo Flores.  We welcome these great musicians to the Jazz Ain’t Dead family!

Available at the MMAC box office or
purchase online.
$21 ($18 children 12 and under)

Jazz Choreography Enterprises presents The New York Jazz Choreography Project

The New York Jazz Choreography Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring originals works by emerging and established choreographers. Audiences of all ages will be treated to dances in a variety of jazz styles—from swing to contemporary—and the chance to see jazz dance as the rich art form it is, with its glorious variety of styles and cultural influences. Following the performance on Sunday, April 28th, the audience is invited to stay for a talk back with the choreographers.

Saturday, April 27th, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 28th, at 3 p.m. – A talk back with the choreographers follows this performance.

manhattan movement & arts center

manhattan movement & arts center
248 W. 60th Street
New York, New York 10023

Available at the MMAC box office or
purchase online.
$21 ($18 children 12 and under)

The performances will be approximately 70 minutes long with no intermission. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management. The box office will close 30 minutes after the performance starts. No refunds or exchanges.

Jazz Ain’t Dead Photo of the Day

Jazz Ain’t Dead dancers Jerome Melsaun Warren and Candice Michelle Franklin guests at Onaje Allan Gumbs II New Vintage performance at BAM, April 6, 2013.  Enjoy!
Jerome and Candice in first lift Overjoyed New Vintage with Onaje Allan Gumbs

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Great Night at BAM Café with Onaje Allan Gumbs

Jerome and Candice in first lift Overjoyed New Vintage with Onaje Allan Gumbs
Candice and Jerome BackstageJazz Ain’t Dead principle dancers, Candice Michelle Franklin and Jerome Melsaun Warren, performed a fantastic duet at BAM Café last Saturday night, April 6 for Onaje Allan Gumbs Presents New Vintage.  It was a star-studded evening filled with fabulous musicians well-heeled in the Jazz scene as well as a wonderful array of singers and poets featured on the program.  The venue was crazy packed, over capacity.  People could not get in unless someone left; it was just that crowded.

Candice and Onaje posing together at BAM Cafe April 6, 2013Accompanying Candice and Jerome was the talented vocal artist Angela Johnson singing lead vocals and Gregoire Maret on harmonica as well as Gary Fritz on congas, Enoch Jamal Strickland on drums, Roger Byam on sax, and Gregory M. Jones on bass.  Other talented artists performing throughout the evening included Jean Caze, Mem Nahadr (Vocalist and Friend of JAD), Abiodun Oyewole, Toni Blackman, Alano, LuQuan Graham, Darien Dean, Jordan Young, Autumn Ashante, and Tai Allen.

Flyer of New Vintage

Monday, April 1, 2013

Jazz Ain’t Dead Guests with Onaje Allan Gumbs II


Jazz Ain’t Dead principle dancers Candice Michelle Franklin and Jerome Melsaun Warren will perform, Saturday, April 6 with Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage at BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.  There a ton of brilliant musicians sitting-in and exciting guests also on the program.  Please come and check it out!

Onaje Allan Gumbs Show at BAM Cafe[1]
For more information directly from BAM, click here for a direct link.
Photography by Julie Atwell

Friday, February 1, 2013

Candice Spotted in Two Commercials!

In the Heights photo
Jazz Ain’t Dead’s very own choreographer and dancer, Candice Michelle Franklin, has been spotted in two commercials for Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production of “In The Heights!”  Candice lent her dancing skills to help promote the show which opens February 7 through March 17, 2013.  See if you can spot how many times you see her in the promo!

And here’s version number two of the promo for this exciting show of music and dance.

Tickets are only $59 and you get free parking and a three course dinner!  For more information or buy tickets for this production, visit the special Westchester Broadway Theatre website at

Nature Boy Rehearsals

Nature Boy Male Solo Day 3

Nature Boy Male Solo Day 2

Nature Boy First Partnering section

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

EPK Link List


EPK–Candice Michelle Franklin, Choreographer

Music Videos
Black Taxi –
Deadbeat Darling –

Back-up Dancers/Street Jazz
Natiah –

Jazz Ain’t Dead

JAD Lounge Montage –
Summertime House –
My Man’s Gone now –
Billie Jean –
My Funny Valentine –

CEG -Entertainment Company
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Revue -
Michael Jackson Tribute -
Bad Romance –
Kooza –

Whatever Lola Wants –
Kama Sutra –
Do the Thing Thing –

Modern/Jazz Concert Dance
Save Me –
Dangerously in Love –
Cain & Abel –

Student Performance

Souls of NOLA

Students In Class Combos

Golden –

In Rehearsal for Jazz Ain’t Dead

Fever –
Overjoyed –
Alicia Keys –