Tuesday, December 12, 2023

NYSCA Grant 2024 Winner Candice Michelle Franklin X Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

After our incredible performance this weekend... Guess what FAM?
I'm an NYSCA Grant Award Winner!

This grant allows me to create a new piece called "Rise" in which I'll lead, teach, and choreograph an open-level Adult Community Dance Performance Group for Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. My government name is listed under NYSCA FY2024: Support for Artist Awards. Click here to see the list of grantees!

I would like to thank first and foremost Katherine Dunham and my brilliant IDTC family for their inspiration. I would also like to thank Jimena Martinez, our fearless leader of Cumbe, for spearheading our application and believing in me and my vision.

My mission is to bring dance and its performance, with no judgment, back into the lives of adults who used to dance as children and haven't danced in 15 years, the novice, the dance hobbyists, and the self-taught who just want a chance to perform, the busy mother who wants something fulfilling for herself, and the retired professionals who need a place to continue dance in their lives and be challenged without fear of criticism.

We'll be putting together a calendar of local community events for performance opportunities for us to perform by the community and for the community! So look for us This Summer!!!

Dunham-Informed Jazz Class by Candice Michelle Franklin will resume in January 2024!