Candice Pike is a Corner Brook-based dance maker and educator whose work is rooted in building community and encouraging empathy. Her process often involves responding to physiological rhythms and poetry to create work based on the subtleties and stories contained in intergenerational memory. In recent years she has used her gentle, care-based approach to create and perform in several full-length group works and smaller solo pieces that have toured Atlantic Canada. She has also worked as a dancer in Neighbourhood Dance Works’ ReMix Project with choreographer Thea Patterson and NL Dance Project with choreographer Anne Troake. From 2017-2019 she commissioned a new solo from Lois Brown, developed a new solo for Josh Murphy, presented and continued to consider and practice unique ways of creating and presenting dance in isolated locations. With an eclectic background of movement and artistic training, Candice also practices ‘community networking choreography’ and facilitates an Audience-in-Residence program for public sector employees. In 2017 Candice was awarded the Corner Brook ACE award for Overall Artist of the Year and she was the 2014 Roberta Thomas Legacy Award recipient.
Candice works as a dance educator committed to empowering people to understand their own incredible potential for movement and creativity. She received a MA degree in Dance from York University in 2010 and since that time has pursued continuing education in dance pedagogy through several forums. She is a Certified Teacher of BodyMind Dancing™, has completed a certificate in International Dance Teaching Standards, and has completed several post-secondary and graduate courses through the National Dance Educators Association (USA) including studies in early childhood education, dance and disabilities, dance health and medicine, music theory, dance composition, pedagogy, and professional standards. She has participated in Canada’s National Ballet School ideas exchange for teachers.
For over 15 years, Candice has facilitated classes and workshops using her unique approach to movement, improvisation, and creativity education for private studios and community organizations and has also developed and taught integrated arts curricula in public schools and post-secondary institutions, including Memorial University where has developed and taught movement courses for the BFA theatre program. Candice’s students have gone on to study dance at York University, University of Calgary, Sheridan College, St Clair College, School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and more.