Acclaimed Trinidadian Dancer/Choreographer, Candice Clarke-Andell, Brings New Dimension to Fashion | Panåche
One may easily conclude, upon reading what the Trinidad & Tobago print media has published about Candice Clarke-Andell, that she must be either a socio-political activist or perhaps a power broker silently changing the landscape of the arts in the Southern Caribbean island nation. Writing about Ms. Clarke-Andell’s 2010 launch of Dance Creola Magazine, a columnist for the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian quoted a prominent member of the arts community who labelled her work “a priceless contribution to Trinidad and Tobago’s historical and cultural landscape.” Similarly, Seeta Persaud, in writing for the Trinidad & Tobago Newsday, noted, “Clarke-Andell’s [group] deals with issues of social awareness and strives to make a positive impact on youth development; using dance as the avenue of expression.”
Candice brings a rich and diverse history to the dance community. She began her career in dance officially at age ten (10) upon enrolling in the Cama School of Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Claudia Applewhite. She later joined the renowned Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Workshop at age twelve (12), where she secured several lead roles and ultimately promotion to the Company membership of professional dancers. Her talent continued to be noticed and led to the award of a scholarship to the Caribbean School of Dance where she studied the fundamentals of ballet under the guidance of Patricia Roe.
Today, Ms. Clarke-Andell is a Certified Dance Educator, accredited by the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Candice Clarke Academy of Dance (CCAD). The Academy has been in existence since 1997 and is a member of the San Fernando Arts Council of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the National Dance Association of Trinidad & Tobago. She is actively involved in and supports the Arts Starts Community in Toronto, Canada. In 2009, she conducted a well-received workshop for the Toronto community.
CCAD has approximately one hundred (100) dancers ranging from age 3 to 38. The organization’s mantra is to “Dance with a Cause.” In explaining the overtly “activist” approach to her work, Ms. Clarke-Andell notes, “This initiative and belief endorses dance education with the aim of building self-confidence and self-esteem, with the hope of dealing with issues of social awareness, and most importantly, making a positive enhancement to youth development.”
When initially conceived, Fashion | Panåche aimed squarely at the designer, model, makeup artist community with the intent of providing emerging talent with opportunities for international exposure through ENASHA PHOTOGRAPHY. However, in viewing the work of Ms. Clarke-Andell, the relevance of her work to a project of this scope became apparent. ENASHA | PHOTOGRAPHY will photograph Ms. Clarke-Andell and her dance troupe, showcasing both the inherent form and fashion that complements her dance and choreography.
Accordingly, we are pleased to welcome Candice Clarke-Andell and the Candice Clarke Academy of Dance to Fashion | Panåche. We are delighted about our partnership and anticipate displaying some of the products of this partnership during the 2012 gallery season.
Candice Clarke-Andell calls upon His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, during the launch of Dance Creola Magazine