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 dance artist, 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 Marriott Marquis Theater, 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, 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. Miss Franklin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by DDO Artists New York City.