Saturday, October 31, 2020

Virtual C.V.

Candice Michelle Franklin

Candice Franklin Low Resolution

Director/Owner of Pro DANZ® Group, Inc.
Master Teacher in Jazz for Joffrey Ballet School
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Audition Instructor/Scholarship Adjudicator
Former Head Choreographer for CEG Live Productions
Artistic Producer/Choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead®




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, MTV/Viacom, Capitale, Odeum Expo Center, Broad Street Ballroom, The Kumble Theater,  the National Black Theater, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, 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, John Jay College, and New York’s City College, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s. 

More recently, her choreography has been seen in the WEBBY-nominated music video for the rock band Black Taxi called “Shoeshine,” in the holiday stage play for Tiny Starr Productions, "Coming Home to Christmas," and in the gospel stage play, Blest Be the Tide, performed at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City.  Additionally, she has been performing with the legendary master jazz pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs II's New Vintage and has served as Head Choreographer for CEG Productions LLC in addition to being an integral part, as both dancer and dance captain for the organization, for over 15 years.   Moreover, she has served as choreographer for the 80′s Girl Group, Buffalo Stance, and 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, Ms. Franklin 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.  She continues her dance education as a candidate for certification in the Katherine Dunham technique and in the DVIDA Bronze Rhythm Syllabus in the Latin Ballroom styles at the Ballroom Dance Teacher’s College where she just received her Full Associate status this Spring.  Ms. Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and a founding member of iDANZ®, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 dance advocacy foundation.

Excerpts from Jazz Ain’t Dead: Celebrating the Legacy of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
–All Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin


Dance Styles Taught:  Traditional Jazz Technique, Contemporary Jazz Soul, Lyrical, Theater Jazz,
Afro-Fusion Jazz, Latin Jazz Styles, Commercial Jazz, Street Jazz for Young Dancers, Ballroom, Swing,
Studies in Jazz Rhythms for Dancers, Concert Jazz & Repertory from JAZZ AIN’T DEAD®

Candice Michelle Franklin

Master Teacher in Jazz Dance & Jazz Dance Rhythm Studies

Master Class List

Dance Conservatories/Colleges/Academies


Joffrey Ballet School 

New York, NY

Mauro Compañía y Academia de baile y producción

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pro Arte Dance Centre

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Andanza Contemporary Dance Company

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Vancover School of Arts and Academics

Vancouver, WA

IABD/Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas, TX

Boston Ballet

Boston, MA

University of Hartford/The Hart School

Hartford, CT

East Coast Ballet

Jacksonville, FL

Detroit Music Hall Center for Performing Arts

Detroit, MI

University of Utah/Marriott Center for Dance

Salt Lake City, UT

IABD/Joy for Motion Dance Center

Washington, D.C.

Pacific Northwest Ballet School

Seattle, WA

Maria Verdeja School of the Arts

Coral Gables, FL

Freddy Jet Art House and Dance Conservatory

Oxford, AL

Colorado Ballet

Denver, CO

The Ballet School of Stamford

Stamford, CT

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA

NOCCA -New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

New Orleans, LA

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts

Dallas, TX

Young Dance Academy

Milwaukee, WI

Joffrey Ballet School/Miami -New World School of the Arts

Miami, Florida

University of Kansas Department of Dance

Lawrence, KS

Uptown Dance Academy

New York, NY

Ballet Hispanico

New York, NY

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh, PA

Wycoff School of Dance

Wycoff, NJ

Cycely Tyson High School of the Performing Arts

East Orange, NJ

Next Step Dance Studio

Milwaukee, WI

Expressions Dance Studio

West Union, IA

Infinity Dance Company

Lyndon, WA

N'Ferno Performing Arts Center

Baltimore, MD

Center for Performing Arts Methuen

Boston, MA

Together We Dance

St. Louis, MO

Pinx Academy of Dance

St. Louis, MO

Jovan Miller Productions

Seattle, WA

IABD Wyndham Hotel/Cleveland

Cleveland, OH

IABD Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver, CO

Carolina Dance Center

Raleigh, NC

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Chicago, IL

Arkansas Academy of Dance

Little Rock, AK

Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City, MO

Eisenhower Dance

Rochester, MI

Kent State University

Kent, OH

Classical Ballet Academy

Portland, OR

Suzanne's Main Street Dance Centre

Detroit, MI

Angela Floyd Schools

Knoxville, TN

The Majestic

Bellingham, WA

School of Alberta Ballet

Calgary, Canada

Edge School for Athletes

Calgary, Canada

Hovi Strauss - Dance Etc.!

Fargo, North Dakota

Elite Dance Studio

Portland, OR

California Dance Theater

Agoura, CA

Jody Phillips Dance Company

Overland Park, KS

The Putney School

Putney, VT

Webster University

St. Louis, MO

Portland School of Ballet

Portland, ME

Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts

Newtown, PA

School of Nashville Ballet

Nashville, TN

Heart of America Dance Center

Lee Summit, MO

School of Classical Ballet & Dance

West Des Moines, IA

Beck Center for the Arts

Cleveland, OH

Center for Dance Education Carolina Ballet

Columbia, SC


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Click below for choreography recommendation letters:

Michael Blake, Director of Jazz and Contemporary at Joffrey Ballet School (Recommendation for Katherine Dunham Certification)

Randy Thomas, Universal Music Group (Jazz & Contemporary Music Label Executive)

Beverly Fish, CEG Productions, LLC (Live Music and Dance Event Corporation)

Adam Hootnick, Resonance Interactive (Music Video Film Director/Film Production Company)

Lafayette Harris, Jr., Pianist (Major Jazz Recording Artist and Music Director of Bring in Da’ Noise/Funk)

SHAKTI, Internationally Celebrated Bollywood Hip Hop Recording Artist

Joffrey Ballet School, Director of Jazz and Contemporary at Joffrey Ballet School (Testimonial of Choreography/Instruction)

PS 87, Testimonial of Student Lecture Demonstration


Video Samples
All Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin

1. Style - Traditional Concert Jazz
Mingus in My Cup

Pro Arte Dance Centre Student Ballet Company CatchingArt

2.  Style – Neo-Afro Contemporary Concert Jazz

Afro Blue

Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Students with Jazz Ain’t Dead® at Harlem Arts Festival

3.  Style –Theatre Jazz
Easy Street
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Students

4.  Style – Latin Inspired/Traditional Concert Jazz
Joffrey Trainee performs duet live with Jazz Ain’t Dead®

5. Style – Contemporary Jazz/Lyrical
Ain’t No Sunshine
Solo Choreography Created at Pro Arte Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Classroom Exercise
Choreography Courtesy of Jazz Ain’t Dead®

6. Style – “Candice” Jazz
People in the City
The Bucket Dance of Union Square

Students of the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive
Opening Number 2016
Guest Performers Courtesy of Jazz Ain’t Dead®

7. Style – “Candice” Jazz

Let’s Go Crazy
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive
Opening Number 2017
Guest Performers Courtesy of Jazz Ain’t Dead®

8. Style – Contemporary
Billie Jean
Jazz Ain’t Dead® performs contemporary duet at Joyce SoHo

9. Style – Theater Jazz Inspired by Bob Fosse
Jazz Ain’t Dead® performs classic Jazz trio -Produced by Jazzmobile


10.  Style – Theatrical Commercial Pop Jazz
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Revue
CEG Live Special Event Company New Year’s Eve Performance

11.  Style – Traditional Concert Jazz
Nature Boy
Pro Arte Dance Centre Student Ballet Company CatchingArt

12.  Style - Jazz
When Doves Cry
In-Class Student Rehearsal Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive

13.  Style – Tango Theatrical Interpretation
Created for CEG Live Special Event Company

14.  Style – Commercial Street Jazz/Hip hop
Live Performance Choreography for Recording Artist, Natiah

15.  Style – Concert Jazz
Jazz Ain’t Dead® Montage
Montage of Jazz Ain’t Dead Show:  The JAD Lounge

Teaching Samples

Style – “Candice” Jazz
Class Combo
University of Kansas Master Class

Style – Traditional Concert Jazz
Charles Mingus’ Moanin’
In-Studio Rehearsal Pro Arte Dance Centre Student Ballet Company CatchingArt,
Vancouver Canada

Style - Jazz
Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive Students Class Combos

Style – Traditional Concert Jazz
My Favorite Things
Pro Arte Dance Centre Student Ballet Company CatchingArt, Vancouver, Canada

Style – Traditional Concert Jazz
Nature Boy
Pro Arte Dance Centre Student Ballet Company CatchingArt, Vancouver, Canada

Style – Production Jazz
James Brown Medley
Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive

Style – “Candice” Jazz
More Cowbell
Master Class Study in Phrase Variation and Choreography Construction
2.5 Hours at Pro Arte Dance, Vancouver, Canada

Style – “Candice” Jazz
Class Combo to The Shipment
Master Class with Mauro Youth Ballet, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Style – Contemporary Lyrical Jazz
Class Combo to Dark Horse
In-class combination with students from Pro Arte Dance Centre, Vancouver, Canada