Candace Hundley has a long-standing relationship with the Center for Modern Dance Education. She began to teach at the Center after meeting Shirley Ubell at the Katherine Dunham Institute in 2000. It was then that Shirley invited Candace  to both teach and rehearse as an artist in residence for both African and contemporary modern dance.

Candace attended school in Newport News, VA and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Magna cum Laude, from the Tyler School Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her work, entitled Transitions, completed while still a student, was accepted into the school’s permanent collection. She also holds a West African training certification as an Umfundalai dance technique instructor under Kariamu Welsh Asante, Ph.D at the Temple University Dance and Institute for African Dance Research and Performance.

For the last thirty years, she has been artistic director of The Seventh Principle Performance Company as well as an instructor and arts educator and performer. She has conducted workshops, performances, residencies, and community outreach in studios, agencies, and institutions throughout New Jersey.

Currently, in addition to teaching at CMDE, Candace has also taught at Young Audiences New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania, and in the Newport News Public School System. She is currently a fulltime art teacher at the Sedgefield Elementary School in Newport News.

Candace has longtime connections with artists throughout the modern dance world. She has participated in performance training with Peter McCoy (Bejart/Jubilation Dance Co), Craig Spider Moore (Eleo Pomare/New World African Dance Theater), Freedom Theater/University of the Arts, Kariamu Welsh Asante, Ph.D, Zero Moving Dance Co, Karen Bamonte/African Art in Motion, Arthur Hall Mamadou Dahoue/Youssouf Koumbassa/Amadou Boy/Marie Basse – Wiles, Rosangela Silvestre: Silvestre Technique (as guest choreographer, Dance Brazil), Kevin Jeff
(Deeply-Rooted, Chicago IL), Marlies Yearby/Ron Brown (Evidence), Ned Williams/Gaynelle Sherod (Dunham/the Dunham Institute, City Center, NY, and Lamine Thiam (Senegal), Ibeji Dance Co. (Hodari Banks/Theo Jamison (Dunham).

While Candace has relocated to her hometown, Newport News, she still teaches CMDE classes on Zoom. When she visits New Jersey, she often teaches classes at the Center.

Candace believes in the power of dance. “I think of dance as one beautiful expression that radiates from the heart and adds to the legacy of art that  has existed throughout the ages.”