Candace Aldridge Sanchez
Candace started dancing Ballet at age 5 to 14, following up with Modern and Jazz between the ages of 13 and 19. In her early 20's she watched a bellydance documentary on how bellydance was a great aid in child birth and labour. Shortly there after a friend started taking lessons and pointed her in the right direction. In 1999 she started classes with Sidona, a local teacher, and danced with her troupe, Jewels of the Heart. When Sidona stopped teaching, Candace began training with another wonderful local dancer, Nila Allat. With her troupe, Sultana’s Circle, she danced throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands for several years. When Nila left for Vancouver in 2003, Candace was approached by her personally to take over her classes, which is where her teaching of this dance form began.
Candace started teaching classes right away and formed Ruwaydah, her first performing troupe in late 2003, and started performing again the summer 2004. She created Harmony BellyDance Co. in 2006 and has continued to teach, perform, host famous dancers and open her own studio. Through out the years she has had many different performing troupes specializing in Fusion, Tribal Fusion and Dramatic fusion, However at this time she is travelling and performing as a Solist and with her performing troupe TangleWood - specializing in American Tribal Style since 2009.
She continues to further her own training and education with her two main mentors, Suhaila Salimpour - Level 2 and Jamila Format - Level 1 Certification and Mira Betz who pushes her to the depths of her soul to be exactly herself and no one else. She continues her training with Carolena Nerricio of Fat Chance BellyDance and has received Certification in American Tribal Style General Skills twice and completed Teacher Training. Candace holds her Level 1 Initiation certification in Rachel Brices 8 Elements Program and continues to study as much as possible with, Mardi Love, Kami Liddle and Zoe Jakes.
She is always working on something new, growing as an individual, being creative and innovative as possible. Ebbing and flowing with the constant changes in this life and her dance movement, there is no end to her possibilities.
Candace is the mumma to her two brilliant, divine, spirit beings, Blaise and Harley. They are her light, her peanut and her muse and the three of them are pretty much attached at the hip always First place to look for them, outside in their beautiful gardens, dirt up to their elbows, surely laughing away the time of day.