Saturday, December 31, 2016

JAD Videos

Jazz Ain’t Dead® Videos

Concert footage, music videos, promotional videos, and behind the scene footage of the
dancers and musicians of Jazz Ain’t Dead®.

Highlights from New York Joyce SoHo
Spring 2011 Season


Summertime House from Jazz Ain’t Dead Celebrates the Legacy of
George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin


My Funny Valentine
Music Arrangement by Chris Rob for Jazz Ain’t Dead®


Portuguese Love Tribute to Teena Marie
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Music Direction by
Lafayette Harris, Jr.


I Know You Know by Esperanza Spalding
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Music Direction by
Lafayette Harris, Jr.


Highlights from Jazz Ain’t Dead Celebrates the Legacy of
George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess
Choreography by Candice Midhelle Franklin, Music Direction by
Lafayette Harris, Jr.


It Ain’t Necessarily So
Music Arrangement by Chris Rob, Live Music Direction by
Lafayette Harris, Jr.


I Got Plenty of Nuttin’ Featuring Maurice Chestnut

Improvised Jam with the cats of Jazz Ain’t Dead®


My Man’s Gone Now
Music Arrangement by Chris Rob, Live Music Direction by
Lafayette Harris, Jr.


Red-Headed Woman
Original Composition by George Gershwin, Music Arrangement by Donald Hayes for Jazz Ain’t Dead, Music Direction by Lafayette Harris, Jr., Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Vocal
Performance by Billy Davis


Bess, You is My Woman Now
Music Direction and Arrangement by Lafayette Harris, Jr., Vocal Performance by Billy Davis & Daphne Shawn


Whatever Lola Wants JAD Style
Music Direction by Lafayette Harris, Jr.,
Music Arrangement by Marcus Bell/Bellringer Production/
Global Soul Productions


Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean -JAD Style
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Music Direction
by Lafayette Harris, Jr.
Performed by Chelsea Arce & Jerome Melsaun Warren,
Vocals by Billy Davis


Fall In, Music by Esperanza Spalding
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Music Direction
by Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Summertime Interlude
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin, Music Direction by
Lafayette Harris, Jr.
Performed by Chelsea Arce & Jerome Melsaun Warren,
Trumpet by Travis Antoine
Summertime House JAD Style Joyce SoHo,
March 27, 2011
Music jam led by Axel Tosca and the Jazz Ain’t Dead Band, Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Summertime House JAD Style at DNA, New York City APAP
Here is raw footage of Jazz Ain’t Dead "caught on tape" at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) by our wardrobe mistress, Ms. Cynthia Bowen, performing the final number of our music set,
"Jazz Ain’t Dead- Celebrating the Legacy of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess."

All musical arrangements are by Jazz Ain’t Dead, choreography
by Candice Michelle Franklin.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Together We Dance December 2016

Had a Blast Teaching in St. Louis again!  These girls worked so hard in their 3-Hour Master Class Workshop.
Thanks so much, Chaz, and Together We Dance! 
See you again in the New Year…….


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bankole and Candice Together Again at The Players Club


At the first play reading at the beautiful The Players Club in Gramercy Park in New York City.  In these photos, I’m setting up the backstory for the dance scene in "Painted Virgin!" Shout out to my beautiful dancers, Starr Dee portraying Madonna and Johnny Chatman II portraying Jean Michel Basquiat through the art of movement!!!!  Thank you, Director Bon Bankole, for having me join you on a project again!

Candice at Players Club with Bankole

Candice at Players Club with Bankole 2

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Afro Blue at Harlem Arts Festival

I love this piece!!!
I love my Joffrey Ballet School Students!!!
I love Rajdulari Barnes!!!!
I love Jazz Ain’t Dead®!!!!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Overjoyed with Maria and Gierre at the Harlem Arts Festival Summer 2016

Proud Mama moment…. 


My piece I’ve performed many a time over the past few years, and now performing this past summer at the Harlem Arts Festival is my GORGEOUS former student from the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary, Maria Rodriguez, who is now Killing IT with one of my favorite partners and veteran dancer’s of all time of Jazz Ain’t Dead, Gierre Godley.

I love you guys so much.   And, I’m going to miss Rajdulari Barnes singing for me as she goes on to her new adventure in Denver, Colorado.

Samba version of Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed performed by Jazz Ain’t Dead featuring Maria Rodriguez and Gierre Godley and vocals by Rajdulari Barnes and Billy Davis, Jr.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Afro Blue and Dream Deferred Cast A Tech Rehearsal 2 Joffrey Ballet School

I LOVE my students at Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Department!
Interlude A Dream Deferred

Afro Blue
Music by Rajdulari Barnes
All Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Courtesy of Jazz Ain't Dead (R)


Fun Day on a Television Series

Had a BLAST teaching on set today. Look who played a 1980's Aerobics Instructor for a TV series today! ha, ha, ha ........AND 5, 6, 7 and punch it out......... LOL



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Harlem Arts Festival Recap Video


Yay!!!!  We made it into the Harlem Arts Festival Recap Video!



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pro Arte Summer Dance Commission 2016


Love my Pro Arte Dance Company Students!

Here’s a little Charles Mingus.  Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer fun with Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary


Hey, Guys,

I was honored to open the show again this Summer for the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary New York Summer Dance Intensive 2016!

I got some help this year from my Jazz Ain’t Dead family.  Big shout out to them…….  Music by Chris Rob and Candice Michelle Franklin.  Vocals by Kenyetta Coffee.  Alto Sax by Rogerst Charles.  Bucket Drums by Osiris.  Everyone was awesome!!!!  Thank you sooooo much……

Friday, July 1, 2016

Jazz Ain't Dead at Harlem Arts Festival

Hey Everybody,

If you missed it, here's the show we did at Harlem Arts Festival, Saturday, June 25 for Jazz Ain't Dead!  Special thanks to the students of Joffrey Ballet School and all my special guest dancers and musicians.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Easy Street from Joffrey Ballet School Spring Concert 2016

Easy Street

Joffrey Ballet School Spring Dance Concert 2016
One of my FAVES!!!!

Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

A Dream Deferred & Afro Blue Matinee Performance

A Dream Deferred & Afro Blue

Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Department Spring Concert 2016
Matinee Performance

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cool Like Dat and Fever JBS Matinee

Cool Like Dat and Fever…. 

Trying to capture the New York spoken word and jazz scene I saw in the 90’s for the kiddies when I first came to NYC.

Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin,
Rogerst Charles on Alto Sax (Courtesy of Jazz Ain’t Dead®)

Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Spring Dance Concert 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summertime Interlude Adagio Jazz Ain't Dead

Summertime Interlude
Jazz Ain't Dead(R)
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin


Candice Michelle Franklin

EPK includes Music Videos and Live Concert Footage of Jazz Ain't Dead
®, plus samples of Street Jazz, Corporate Industrial,
Contemporary Concert Dance, Bollywood, Fashion, Master Class combos & Student Performance.

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Candice Michelle Franklin
Creator of JAZZ AIN'T DEAD® Live Music and Dance Production

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Choreographer/Dancer/Producer/Creative Director of Live Stage Shows in Music, Dance and Theatre and Master Teacher in Jazz Dance Studies


Originally from St. Louis, MO, born and bred into Jazz dance and influenced greatly by the Jazz music scene, Candice Michelle Franklin is a New York based professional dancer, choreographer, and producer who has been seen in numerous film, TV shows, music videos, industrials, and, of course, on the live stage performing in plays and dance companies.  She has a B.A. in Fine Arts majoring in Dance on four-year scholarship, studied on scholarship at Steps on Broadway, trained in St. Louis at Missouri Concert Ballet, and, upon invitation to New York, received her conservatory training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.  She owns Dance Industrial Professionals, Inc./The Pro DANZ Group in which she oversees the dance and creative direction of several performance groups, recording artists, industrials, and stage shows.  Her work has been performed in a host of New York venues including Jacob Javitz Convention Center, The Syracuse OnCenter, Capitale, Odeum Expo Center, Broad Street Ballroom, The Kumble Theater, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Cafe, Webster Hall, The SPACE at Westbury/Westbury Theater, Stage 48, the Oheka Castle, The Theater of Riverside Church, The Sage Theater, American Theater of Actors, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and Joyce SoHo, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Trump Taj Mahal, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s.

Most recently, her choreography work has been seen in the WEBBY-nominated music video for the rock band Black Taxi called “Shoeshine,” in the holiday stage play, "Coming Home to Christmas," and in the gospel stage play, Blest Be the Tide, performed at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City.  In addition, she is Head Choreographer for CEG Productions LLC, is choreographer for the 80′s Girl Group, Buffalo Stance, and serves as choreographer for a number of recording artists including Natiah, internationally celebrated Bollywood Hip hop artist, SHAKTI, the rapper BRASCO, and Grammy award winning recording artist, Macy Gray.

Currently, she performs with the legendary master jazz pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs II's New Vintage, works as an Advanced Jazz instructor and adjudicator for The Joffrey Ballet School in the Jazz and Contemporary department for their summer intensive and elite professional bound trainee programs, instructs in Joffrey's Master Teacher National tour, and works as the producer and choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, a live band and dance production group performing at Jazz Festivals and Jazz concert series' such as Jazzmobile, the Harlem Shrines, and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.  Coming up next year, her production, Jazz Ain't Dead® will be featured as one of the resident performance groups for the upcoming Nashville Jazz Festival slated for the Summer 2015.  Miss Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by DDO Artists New York City.

Dance Artist/Choreographer/Master Instructor in Jazz Dance Studies:
Traditional Jazz Technique, Contemporary Jazz Soul, Lyrical, Theater Jazz, Afro-Fusion Jazz,
Latin Jazz Styles, Commercial Jazz, Street Jazz for Young Dancers, Studies in Jazz Rhythms for Dancers,
Concert Jazz & Repertory from Jazz Ain't Dead®

Contact Information:
Email Candice Michelle Franklin 
Phone:  212-426-1305
Company Website:
Non-Profit Organization:

All Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

Music Videos

Back-up Dancers/Street Jazz


Jazz Ain't Dead®

CEG Live -Entertainment Event Company



Modern/Jazz Concert Dance


Joffrey Students in Performance


Joffrey Students In-Class Combos


In-Rehearsal for Jazz Ain't Dead


Fashion Show

Cool Like Dat Fever 7pm Show

Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Cool Like Dat into Fever Medley
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Students 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Easy Street Tech Rehearsal Joffrey Ballet School Students

“Easy Street”
Joffrey Ballet School Students
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

Master Class Schedule Summer 2016


Candice Michelle Franklin Summer 2016 TEACHING TOUR
Master Class Schedule for
Candice Michelle Franklin Summer 2016.


Date Venue City
July 25 – August 12, 2016 Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive 2016 New York, NY
August 15 – 19, 2016 Center for Performing Arts, Methuen, Summer Dance Intensive Boston, MA
August 20 – 21, 2016 Dance Prodigy Booking Dance Workshop Ferndale, WA
August 22 - 26, 2016 Pro Arte Dance Summer Dance Intensive & Commissioned Work Vancouver, B.C. Canada
August 29, 2016 Jovan Miller Dance Productions Seattle, WA
August 30, 2016 Pinx Dance Academy St. Louis, MO
September 3, 2016 Together We Dance St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Candice Michelle Franklin
Master Teacher in Jazz and Jazz Dance Studies

Master Class List

Dance Conservatories/Colleges/Academies
Joffrey Ballet School                                                             
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago                                             
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics                               
Pro Arte Centre/Pro Merita Academy      
Mauro Youth Ballet                             

Andanza Contemporary Dance
Pacific Northwest Ballet                                                         

IABD/Dallas Black Dance Theatre                                          
Boston Ballet                                                                   
University of Hartford/The Hart School
Colorado Ballet                          
East Coast Ballet                                                             
Detroit Music Hall Center for Performing Arts                        
University of Utah/Marriott Center for Dance                         
IABD/Joy for Motion Dance Center                                        
Bravo Dance Center                                                               
Maria Verdeja School of the Arts                                            
Freddy Jet Art House and Dance Conservatory                     
The Ballet School of Stamford                                                 
Walnut Hill School for the Arts                                             
NOCCA -New Orleans Center for Creative Arts                      
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts    
Young Dance Academy                                                            
Joffrey Ballet School/Miami -New World School of the Arts     
University of Kansas Department of Dance                             
Uptown Dance Academy                                                          
Ballet Hispanico                                                                        
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Wycoff School of Dance                                                           
Cycely Tyson High School of the Performing Arts                   
Next Step Dance Studio                                                           
Expressions Dance Studio                                                        
Ballet Nova                                                                    
Albemarle Ballet Theatre                                                          
Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center                                          
Angela Floyd Schools                                                               
N'Ferno Performing Arts Center                                  
Kansas City Ballet 
Center for Performing Arts Methuen                                        
Carolina Dance Center                                             
IABD/Cleveland Dance Movement                                          
Infinity Dance Company                                                           
Westside Dance Academy
Together We Dance
PINX Dance Academy
Jovan Miller Dance Productions

IABD/Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Kent State University
The Majestic/Dance Prodigy Booking
Suzanne’s Main Street Dance Centre
Classical Ballet Academy
Arkansas Academy of Dance
Eisenhower Dance
School of Alberta Ballet
Edge School for Athletes
Hovi Strauss – Dance Etc.!
California Dance Theater


New York, NY
Chicago, IL
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, Canada
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Seattle, WA

Dallas, TX
Boston, MA
Hartford, CT
Denver, CO
Jacksonville, FL
Detroit, MI
Salt Lake City, UT
Washington, D.C.
Warminster, PA
Coral Gables, FL
Oxford, AL
Stamford, CT
Natick, MA
New Orleans, LA
Dallas, TX
Milwaukee, WI
Miami, Florida
Lawrence, KS
New York, NY
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Wycoff, NJ
East Orange, NJ
Milwaukee, WI
West Union, IA
Falls Church, VA
Crozet, VA
Bronx, NY
Knoxville, TN
Randallstown, MD
Kansas City, MO
Methuen, MA
Raleigh, NC
Cleveland, OH
Lyndon, WA
Waukee, IA
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Kent, OH
Bellingham, WA
Detroit, MI
Portland, OR
Little Rock, AK
Rochester, MI
Calgary, Canada
Calgary, Canada
Fargo, ND
Agoura, CA


Bucket Dance Saturday Night 7pm Performance

Bucket Dance @Union Square
Joffrey Ballet School End of Year Recital 2016
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

Courtesy of Jazz Ain't Dead(R)

Music by Candice Michelle Franklin & Chris Rob
Lyrics by Candice Michelle Franklin
Bucket Drums by Osiris
Kenyetta Coffee, Vocals
Rogerst Charles, Sax

Sunday, May 8, 2016

BBTT Sunday Performance 2016 For All We Know

For All We Know
Tiny Starr Productions "Best Be the Tide"
Mother's Day Show 2016
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

Dancers:  Shakirah Stewart, Jerome Melsaun Warren, Brandon Joshua Jones, & Victor Reddick

BBTD Sunday Performance 2016 Change is Gonna Come

A Change is Gonna Come
Tiny Starr Production of "Blest Be the Tide"
Mother's Day Production 2016

Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Beautifully Danced by Brandon Joshua Jones

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Worst Day Ever..........

I'm so sad today...  Prince is my music idol.  Rest in Peace....  4/21/2016

This is my favorite Prince song ever.  Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin originally performed for the Prince Tribute show DMSR. directed by Reuben Edwards