Friday, November 21, 2014

November Master Classes in Knoxville, Tennessee


I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be teaching Master Classes from 2pm –7pm at Angela Floyd Schools –North, Saturday, November 22 in Knoxville, TN.  Wow!  I haven’t been to Knoxville since my Dad drove our family there for the World’s Fair on a family vacation.  Hey, whatever happened to the World’s Fair anyway???

Anywho, be prepared to SWEAT Knoxville… 

I’m on my way!!!!!


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Winter Tour Schedule


Candice Michelle Franklin
Winter Master Class Teaching Tour Schedule






October 11, 2014 N’Ferno Performing Arts Center Randallstown, MD Dance Monsters
November 22, 2014 Angela Floyd Schools Knoxville, TN Master Classes
January 3 –4, 2015 Center for Performing Arts Methuen Boston, MA Master Class & Composition Workshop
January 8, 2015 Mind-Builders Bronx, NY Master Class
January 10, 2015 Ballet Nova Falls Church, VA Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
January 11, 2015 Albemarle Ballet Theatre Crozet, VA Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
January 18, 2015 Carolina Dance Center Raleigh, NC Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
January 22, 2015 IABD International Blacks in Dance Conference Cleveland, Ohio Master Class
January 23, 2015 Infinity Dance Company Bellingham, WA Closed Master Class
January 24, 2015 Infinity Dance Company Bellingham, WA Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
January 31, 2015 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Chicago, IL Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
February 1 Pro Arte Centre/Pro Merita Academy North Vancouver, BC Canada Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
February 7 Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts Detroit, MI Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
February 14 Kansas City Ballet School Kansas City, MO Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
February 15 Westside Dance Academy Waukee, IA Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
February 28 Hope College Dance Department (Dow Center) Holland, MI Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator
March 1 Young Dance Academy Milwaukee, WI Joffrey Master Class Audition Instructor/Adjudicator






Thursday, November 20, 2014

Coming Home to Christmas Sneak Peak

Sneak peak

I’m back again choreographing “Coming Home to Christmas.”  Yay!!!!

If you missed the production last year, no worries!  The show will run again this holiday season
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 19 – 21, 2014.
Here’s one of my favorite numbers from the show…..


“Mary, Did You Know” 
–Excerpt from “Coming home to Christmas” performed last year at the Theatre of Riverside Church, December 2013.
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

Candice Choreographs Coming Home to Christmas at National Black Theatre

Hey, Folks,
I’m teaming with Tiny Star Productions again for the third time.  Yay!

Come to our holiday production, “Coming Home to Christmas,” choreographed by Yours Truly!

Coming Home to Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4:00 pm

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's
The National Black Theatre
2031 5th Avenue
New York, NY, 10035


General Admission Ticket Price $40.00 

Call  888.679.3104


For Information About Up-coming Shows:

Call Tiny Star Productions


Monday, October 27, 2014

Dora and Friends Promo


This was a fun gig!  Me, in the center, as Dora the Explorer for Nickelodeon’s new show promo, “Dora and Friends!”




Monday, September 1, 2014

Class with Candice Michelle Franklin

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Current Discounts:
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Classes with Candice

Buy Classes Online & SAVE!
Students who purchase their classes online often pay less than if they waited at the door.

So sorry, but Miss Candice is not teaching any publicly open classes at this time.
Please check back again later.  Thank you.

Please see Beginning Jazz & INT/ADV Class Descriptions Below:

BEGINNING Jazz Classes with Candice!
This is a no stress, adult beginning jazz class focusing on the fundamentals of Jazz and traditional jazz movement vocabulary.  Class includes full warm-up, foot and leg exercises, abs, stretch, progressions across the floor, turns, and leaps, and a whole lot of fun.  Great for dancers getting over injuries, hip hop and break-dancers looking to refine skills, and adults getting back into dance after a long siesta!  The ab work alone is worth the price of admission…….

New York, NY

Only $12 Online/$15 @Door

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 CLICK HERE – $12 Online/$15 @Door
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Tuesday, September 24, 2014 CLICK HERE – $12 Online/$15 @Door


INT/ADV Jazz Technique Classes with Candice!
This is an intermediate/advance jazz class designed to improve strength, flexibility, and overall technique.  Class includes full warm-up, isolations, leg and foot work, flexibility stretching, extensive ab exercises, contractions, pelvic hinges, progressions across the floor, jazz styling, turns, traveling turns, jumps and leaps.  This class is excellent for those trying to focus only on their technique and not worry about learning a lot of choreography.

For those who want to learn a challenging routine, dancers can also stay the following hour for the combination session.  Combos can be anything from Jazz Ain’t Dead repertory to Candice’s signature fast and furious club banger style, to big band, hard rock, and classical jazz, to a contemporary pop/lyrical jazz, an Afro Cuban style, or a soulful r&B.

New York, NY
6:30pm Class
8pm – 9pm Choreography Session
(Additional Fee w/Class Admission)

Only $12 Online/$15 @Door
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Technique Class Only – CLICK HERE $12 Online/$15 @Door  
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*Classes Purchased Online incur an automatic 3.5% credit card convenience fee (average class around 49 cents).

Current Discounts:

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25% off Professional Artist with Union Card (i.e. SAG, EQUITY, AGVA, AGMA, etc.)

Discounts also available for
(EMAIL Candice at least 48 Hours in advance for discount codes)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Choreography at JBS Showcase


Summer Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Student Showcase
Summer Dance Intensive August 16, 2014

Fun times!
Thank you Beautiful Ladies for doing such a great job!!! 

The Divas:
Alyssa, Angelina, Ashton, Azeb, Bella, Cayla, Ellie, Hunter, Jennie,
Kennedy, Kristen, Molly, Paris, Popa, Rachel, Victoria

Student recital.  No Copyright Infringement Intended.  For education purposes only.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Candice in the News: Cresco Times Plain Dealer!

Hey, Everybody!
I taught Master Classes in Iowa in July, and had a fabulous time.   Big shout out to Sabrina Schmitt and the students of Expressions Dance Studio.  Look below…  My class was mentioned in the Cresco Times Plain Dealer!  Yay!!!!
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Expressions Dance Studio students take part in summer master classes


By Sara Stromseth-Troy, TPD Staff
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:20 PM CDT
WEST UNION - Expressions Dance Studio students recently took part in three summer master classes with dance professionals at the studio’s West Union location.

Sabrina Schmitt, owner, instructor and choreographer at Expressions Dance Studios --which includes a location in Cresco -- welcomed Candice Michelle Franklin of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for a contemporary/jazz master class July 16, creative professional Georgia Finnegan Amdahl for poolside and studio classes July 19, and global choreographer and dancer Desmond Walker for a master class in hip-hop, jazz and technique July 28.

Reflections on the master classes

Schmitt, whose studio in Cresco is beginning its third year this autumn, said the classes were a rewarding experience for both herself and her students.

“Candice Michelle Franklin has a sassy, fulfilling personality,” she said. “My day spent with her was uplifting. We learned about dance cultures in New York City, how to get from class to class by foot or by subway, and we taught her about all things Midwest.”

She encourages readers to visit Franklin’s blog on the Expressions Dance Studio Facebook page, adding, “Her experience was that of a lifetime.”

Schmitt continued, “Georgia Finnegan Amdahl has been a close friend of mine for almost two decades. Her nurturing, embrace-life-because-you-love-it attitude has always been one of my favorites. She welcomed me into her ballet studio 16 years ago and I return every summer to be her student. She has guided me in ways that words can’t explain; only our dancing can tell the story.”

Of Desmond Walker, Schmitt said, “Desmond has an infectious personality and

energy that lit up our studio. His go-further-than-you-ever-have-before mentality elevated us to a new way of expressing ourselves. His assistant Kody Bernaud is an up-and-comer to watch out for, too.”

She acknowledged, “Eloise, Miller and Rachel – what a joy it was to share the day with you. Thank you for coming to Iowa to share in our classes, entertaining us with your works to Coppelia and dancing around our open fields.”

Schmitt said she is looking forward hosting the dance professionals again next summer.

About the instructors

The following information was taken from the biographies of each master class instructor, provided by Schmitt to The Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

Candice Michelle Franklin

“Candice Michelle Franklin, originally from St. Louis, Mo., is the producer and choreographer of Jazz Ain’t Dead, a fully-staged live music and dance production. She trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance on a four-year scholarship from the University of Kansas. Since her arrival to New York City, she has performed and choreographed for stage, film, television, commercials, and music videos. She has also performed for several concert dance companies such as Avodah Dance Ensemble, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Mia Michaels Raw Workshop at Theatre of the Riverside Church, the Underground Dance Project, Phoenix Rising Dance Creations, Nommo Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Vissi Dance Theater, as well as several other commercial dance companies. Moreover, she has performed in several off-Broadway theatre productions as a dancer, such as Derrick Mitchell’s Thin Line, C. Bembry’s, A Mix Nut in New York, and the Westco production Tales of Anansi the Spider.

“Current projects for Miss Franklin include choreography for numerous industrials for corporate brands such as Loreal/Redken and Verizon, as well as resorts and casinos for CEG Productions such as the Borgata Hotel, Trump Plaza Hotel Casino, Caesars Atlantic City Casino, Tropicana Casino, Jacob Javitz Convention Center, the Mohegan Sun, the Foxwoods Casino, the Syracuse Oncenter, Odeum Expo Center, Trump Taj Mahal Casino, and Turning Stone Casino.

“Miss Franklin has choreographed the live stage shows for such recording artists as Macy Gray, Shakti, and the 80s revue group Buffalo Stance, and music videos  for Shakti, BRASCO, and Black Taxi, in which their Shoeshine video was recently nominated for a 2011 Webby Award. In addition, Miss Franklin choreographed the off Broadway production of Billie’s Blues directed by T. Bankole.

“Film appearances include Step Up 3D, A New York Thing, as well as reggae artist Matisyahu’s latest music video, One Day(SONY EPIC Records) and the national commercial for the video game DJ Hero, featuring Jay-Z and Eninem. Miss Franklin is a founding board member of iDANZ, Inc., a proud member of SAG, and is represented by DDO Artists Agency.

Georgia Finnegan Amdahl

“Ms. Finnegan Amdahl is a creative professional with experience ranging from teaching to fund-raising to nonprofit management. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in education and has taught in various disciplines: Classical ballet, writing, literature, and French.

“Ms. Finnegan Amdahl trained primarily at the Andahazy School of Classical Ballet and has been active in the Sacred Dance movement in the Twin Cities since 1979. She was executive director of Saint Paul City Ballet from 1997 to 2012, and took over direction of Saint Paul City Ballet School in 2001. Possessing the qualities of calm determination and tenacity, she was able to simultaneously build the School and spearhead the development of a Sacred Arts ensemble in 2005, the Company in 2008, and a Studio Company in 2009. Currently along with Ms. Murry, she is co-directing Rivers Summer Intensive and Rivers Ensemble.

“Ms. Finnegan Amdahl has been active in the business community of Saint Paul, encouraging businesses to support the arts. She was honored in 2005 with the Women Changemaker Award presented by the Twin Cities Business Journal and in 2014 with the Grand Avenue Business Association’s Doc Chopp Award. Currently, Ms. Finnegan Amdahl continues to work in the nonprofit arts sector as Development Officer for Landmark Center in Saint Paul.

Desmond Walker

“Global choreographer and dancer Desmond Walker first began to acknowledge the gift of dance in his life at a very young age. In the art of dance, production and choreography, he has brought strident new movement to dance and cheerleading teams, churches, studios, schools, companies, and national music artists in the southeast parts of Florida and Georgia and even parts of the United States.

“Desmond currently works in the entertainment industry and has auditioned dancers, actors and models that have danced for Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga. Desmond has been used by the national and international television show So You Think You Can Dance? for the 2014 Season 11 advertisement. He has appeared nationally on the television network BET with national Grammy award-winning recording artist Smokie Norful as a choreographer and dancer (2013). He has appeared nationally on Oprah Winfrey’s Network (OWN) on a show called Lovetown USA as a dance studio owner and dance teacher (2012). Desmond has also received recognition from five-time Grammy award-winning artist Donnie McClurkin, who called him one of the best dancers he had ever seen.

“Desmond has learned from the best in the industry, such as Mia Michaels, Marty Kuldleka, Chuck Maldonado, Brooke Lipton, NappyTabs, Victor Rosario and more. In the industry of competition and production, his work and choreography won several awards from High Golds, Title Awards, Platinums, judges’ awards, choreography awards, regional, national and state championships.  Desmond has established two businesses: His international choreography company DW Choreography, and his visual and fine arts center in St. Mary’s, Ga., I-Live Center of the Arts, and his own talk show, *The DW4Reel Show*.

“Desmond has been able, in a very eccentric and eclectic way, bring ballet, African, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, latin, and many other styles of movement  in one; his movement expresses divine creativity, innovation, and control. He knows this movement will become a multi-generational outlet and bring freedom to the next generation dancer.”

About Expressions Dance Studio

Expressions Dance Studio is a long-running dance program that was established in Decorah in the fall of 1993. The fall of 2014 notes the studio’s 22nd anniversary.

Expressions teaches children and adults of all ages the foundation of dance and then builds performances on top of that experience. Class sessions run for 36 weeks, from late August to late May.

Kate Barloon began First Step Studio in New Hampton, Iowa, and then branched off to Decorah and briefly ran a studio in Cresco.

In August of 2000, Sabrina Schmitt took over operation of First Step Studio in Decorah. In May of 2001, First Step Studio was renamed Expressions with a quote: “On Top of the World.”

In September of 2001, Expressions branched to Fredericksburg and will continue its 14th year in the fall of 2014. A third studio opened in West Union in the fall of 2004, and will continue its 11th year this fall. A fourth location opened in New Hampton in the fall of 2006 and remained open for six years.  The location closed in 2012 so the studio could expand to Cresco. Expressions will continue its third year in Cresco in the fall.

At Expressions, students will study creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop, and Acro. Classes in Cresco take place Wednesday afternoons with early school dismissals (Acro) and Thursday nights (creative movement, Dance 1-2, introduction to tap, Dance 3-5, intermediate tap, and hip-hop 1.

For more information, contact Sabrina Schmitt at 563-380-7303 or by e-mail at:

Expressions instructors

Sabrina Schmitt is the owner, choreographer, and instructor at Expressions Dance Studio. She has extensive background in dance and is currently enrolled in the summer ballet curriculum with Rivers Ballet in Minneapolis, Minn.

Nikki Gamez is an instructor and choreographer, teaching a variety of classes. She studied at Expressions for  five years during high school and college. Gamez has background in ballet, jazz, and pointe. She studies with Rivers Ballet as well.

Angelia Walvatne is an instructor and choreographer who teaches a variety of classes. She also studies with Rivers Ballet.


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Class Video: JBS Class Wednesday August 6, 2014

What we’re doing in class…
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary New York
Summer Dance Intensive 2014

My summer student posted herself doing my combo on Facebook.  She’s 14!!!!
Good job, Mira!

Recorded August 6, 2014

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Photo of the Day: Candice and The Supremes

Team Motown
Candice Michelle Franklin and the Supremes!
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive

Dancers from my piece “When Doves Cry!”


Azeb, Alyssa, Ashton, Irina, Ellie, Paris, Candice, Cayla, Molly, Bella, Victoria, Kennedy
(Missing Jennie, Hunter, Kristen & Angelina)

Ya’ll Rock!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Choreography for Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive 2014


What I’ve been up to this week!

Joffrey Ballet School Choreography for Summer 2014
Team Motown

In class rehearsal recorded Saturday, August 9, 2014



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Photo of the Day: Team K–Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive 2014

Me with Team K. 
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive 2014!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Master Class in Iowa Re-Cap

So I just got back this week from teaching Master Classes in West Union, Iowa.  West Union where?  Yep, West Union Iowa, population 2,486 according to the 2010 census.  The unincorporated town is so small that it shares a zip code with the next town, shares the sheriff from the neighboring town writing traffic tickets part time, and use to have a dog designated as “The Mayor of West Union” until he was murdered…  woof woof!

1902861_10154402862375711_4156247607873195316_nAnywho, upon arriving to Cedar Rapids Airport, a super tiny airport about an hour and a half from West Union (with only six gates), I was greeted at the runway with row after row of hay bales!  I mistakenly called them tumbleweeds…  ooops…., but I was happily corrected by my new found friend, Sabrina Schmitt who picked me up at the airport an hour and a half away from the school!!!!  Check out the soy bean crops pictured behind me and Sabrina when we were eating at her family’s bar and restaurant………

Sabrina Schmitt is the vibrant and lively owner of Expressions Dance Studio of West Union, Iowa.  A busy young dance professional herself, Miss Sabrina amazingly runs four locations in four separate towns!  Anywho, Sabrina Schmitt contacted Joffrey Ballet School and I was matched with her fabulous dance studio to come teach a three-hour Master Class workshop in Jazz.  Well, what an honor!  The students at Expressions Dance Studio were so wonderful, so attentive, so nice, so passionate.  I had a blast and loved every minute of it!  I was so moved by their passion that I stayed a little extra longer to watch and help shape-up their competition solos and duets.  Many of the young dancers choreographed their numbers by themselves.  I was impressed! 

Look, the hospitality was so fabulous that I got presented with this fabulous sign!!!!



Anywho, Miss Sabrina is the bomb!  I gotta commend her dedication.  She has the energy of the Energizer Bunny to run up and down the county roads from school to school teaching dance, preparing competition routines, and booking community performances for her students like the State Fair.  She’s doing great work (and I say “the most important work”) by providing performance opportunities for her students, let alone introducing her students AND her community to the art of dance in an area quite remote from the type of dance opportunities one would find in a big city including the opportunity to even see dance professionally performed.  Kudos to Sabrina!  You Rock, Gurl!!!!

10481940_10203734342814975_8669020845841643777_nI would like to give a special shout out to Expressions Dance Studio instructors, Miss Shelly Abernathy and, my assistant for the day, Miss Angel (Angelia Walvatne) who worked the dance floor with professional prowess.  Muah!


Photo of Miss Angel and Candice Michelle Franklin







Photo of Sabrina’s Mom.  That’s the serving window to the back patio deck of Sabrina’s family restaurant and bar, Alpha Tap!  Umm Umm….  Good…………….






Photo of Miss Sabrina and Candice Michelle Franklin mad sweaty after class.  We look soaked!  This is what you look like when you go to WERK, my friends…


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shout Out to my Joffrey Summer Students. See You Soon!

Almost time for the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary
Summer Dance Intensive.

Can’t wait to see my little lovelies.  Miss you, so much!!!!


Teaching Jazz
July 28 – August 15


“Locked Outta Heaven” Crew
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin