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Candace Neolani Maxwell is a native of Queens, NY and a first generation American having parents hailing from both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Since childhood she's been a music lover, dancer and natural entertainer which she attributes that to her lively childhood- growing up listening to reggae, calypso, 90’s R&B and putting on plays for her family members.
She began her formal dance training at age 5 and even worked as a child model and actor. Candace trained extensively in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, African, partnering, and Hip Hop. As a teenager her family relocated to the suburbs of Atlanta, GA and Candace continued her training while attending performing arts high school CCCEPA at Pebblebrook High School where she really got to cultivate her craft and study acting, dance and singing daily along with training in commercial dance at Gotta Dance Atlanta and Dance 411. Since graduation and moving back to New York Candace trained at the Stella Adler acting school, danced on the NY Knicks City Dancers 20th anniversary team at Madison Square Garden, trained under Rhapsody James in her Motivating Excellence Program, had the prestige of being a Monsters of Hip Hop Cast member, and made her Broadway debut in Kenny Leon's "Holler If Ya Hear Me". Along with these highlights Candace has had the opportunity to work with some of the best directors and choreographers including Jamaica Craft, Craig Brewer, Jamal Sims, Bubba Carr, Baz Luhrmann, Luam Keflezgy, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Barry Lather, Tanisha Scott, Victor Jackson and Wayne Cilento just to name a few. Candace is so thankful and humbled by all the amazing experiences and career she has built so far and wants to continue upward and onward. Phil 4:13