Saturday, December 25, 2021

Candice Michelle Franklin –Choreographer, Dance Artist, Master Teacher in Jazz Dance Studies

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Candice Michelle Franklin

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

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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, Ballroom, Swing,
Studies in Jazz Rhythms for Dancers,
Concert Jazz &
Repertory from 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, Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, Marcus Garvey Park,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.  Miss Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and a founding member of the not-for-profit 501(c)3 dance advocacy foundation, iDANZ®, Inc.

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 here 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


Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" Boogie Man Swing 2021

 Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" Boogie Man Swing

We DID IT!  Thank You, Everybody!

Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" Boogie Man Swing Commemorative Program 2021

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to read the program larger on a full-sized interactive screen or
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Jazz Ain't Dead "Halloween Edition" Boogie Man Swing 2021 Performance

Produced by Jazzmobile, Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, Jazz Ain't Dead
Choreography by Candice Michelle Franklin
Music Direction by Axel Tosca

YouTube Link to FULL SHOW Video URL:

Special Guests:
Sekou McMiller -Afro Latin Jazz Dance Master
Samuel Coleman -Jazz Vernacular Swing Dance Master

Axel Tosca, Keys
Barry Stephenson, Bass
David Gibson, Drums
Jerome Jordan, Guitar
Rogerst Charles, Alto Sax
Alphonso Horne, Trumpet
Knoel Scott, Baritone Sax/Flute
Calvin Booker, Tap Artist

Antoinette Montague, Lead Vocals
Rick Delancy, Song & Dance Man

Candice Michele Franklin
Alexzandra Knapp
Lyndsey Arorash
Jerome Melsaun Warren
Brandon Jones
Steven Orrego Upegui
Ryan Albee
Maddie Pineda
Audrey Borst
Nia Simone Washington
Jason Herbert

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Pro DANZ® Group

Candice Michelle Franklin
CEO & Head Choreographer of The Pro DANZ® Group

Dance Artist
Creative Director
Dance Coach
**Teaching Artist

Master Teacher in Jazz Dance Arts
Traditional Jazz Technique Trainer
Beginning to Professional

*Specializing in choreography for live music concerts, musicals, music videos, stage shows, concert dance, festivals, dance conventions, dance camps, master classes, education workshops, high school dance programs, collegiate dance programs, film, television, web shows

**Teaching Artist of Open Level Creative Movement in Jazz Studies accompanied by live Contemporary and Traditional Jazz Music

Dance Choreography Specialties:
Commercial Jazz, Contemporary Concert Jazz, Afro-Fusion Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Industrial Technique Jazz, Latin Jazz, Urban Contemporary Jazz, Retro Jazz Soul

Music Styles:
Neo-Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Acid Jazz, House, Funk, Blues, Samba, Afro Cuban Jazz, Bossa Nova, Salsa, Cha Cha, Boogaloo, Boogie Woogie, Swing, Jazz Standards, Contemporary Jazz, Bollywood, Bollywood Hip Hop Fusion

Dance Casting:
Live Stage Shows, Music Videos, Back-up Dancers, Theatrical Production, Industrials, Special Events

Professional Dancers-for-Hire:
Commercial Pop/Hip Hop Dancers Choreographed for
Recording Artists, Music Videos, Industry Events, Special Events, & Fashion Shows
Other Custom Choreography Services:
Custom Choreography Packages for Wedding First Dance, Wedding Court/Sweet 16 Routines, Quincinera,
Father/Daughter Dance, Office Party Routine/Funny Video, Milestone Birthday (I Still Got It! Routine)

***Wedding Dancers-for-Hire*** 
Express your love on your wedding day in a super special way
with a professionally danced “LOVE” duet!

***Hire professional dancers to perform to your favorite love song at your ceremony or reception. 
“LOVE DUETS” are Candice’s specialty!  Whether it’s a sexy, current R&B tune, a romantic old-school Soul song, a flirtatious, yet gritty Blues, or an elegant Jazz classic a la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, let Candice create a dance just for you.  Dances can be performed to live or recorded music.  Rates start at $500.  Custom choreographed performances start at $600. 
Call for details.

(212) 426-1305

Hire Professional
Hire JAZZ AIN’T DEAD® for your next special event!  Jazz Ain’t Dead® consists of a Live BAND and DJ performed with Live DANCERS in a high-energy floor show.  Sets are 15 minute, 30 minute, 45 minute, 60 minute, and 75 minutes.  Entertainment can be planned up to three hours with band and dancers, and up to four hours with floor shows spread throughout the evening.  Music styles include Funk and R&B, Funk Jazz Fusion, Jazz Standards, 20’s, 40’s, House, Acid Jazz, and Top 40 requests.  Rates start at $2500.  Call for additional information on rates and set descriptions.

Miss Candice Michelle Franklin is the Choreographer and the Artistic Producing Director of 

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(212) 426-1305
Candice Michelle Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Yuko Gif - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


On a random google, I found that I have been giffed!!!! Showing my Michael Jackson moves as Yuko 6000 on Netflix Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! Well, that made my day! LOL...


In my dressing room the day Yuko and Yuko 6000 
embraced and walked away into the sunset!