Instructor - Candice Beatty
Born September 23, 1981 Stoneham, MA My first dance education started at AV dance Studio '81 at age 11 and continued till I was 19.
At that time I was also taking classes at AVC with Cindy Littlefield, Kathy Bingham & Kathleen Burrnet. After AVC came Cal State Fullerton were I received a Bachelors of Art in Dance. My history with Dance Studio '81 started at age 11 with a Jazz class with Miss Judy Ortiz. A friend of mine told me about the studio and I asked my mom if I could go and I guess you could say the rest is history. I immediately loved it. One class turned into 2 classes which turned into taking anything my mom would let me take.
If I wasn't at home I was at school if not at school I was at the studio. After several years I was asked to become a teacher's assistant, then I worked in the office, then I received my first class to teach on my own. I went away to college to receive a BA in Dance (for 3 years) and as I was graduating I received an email from Lidia asking if I had any plans and if not would I like to come back and purchase the dance studio. Well the rest is history.
I finished my 13th year of owning AVD'81 in 2018 when it was my time to pass the torch onto Alicia Springer. Now Alicia is able to carry on the passion of dance. While I was away at college I worked for Disney. I was a parade performer for 3 years. I finished my last year there in the 50th Celebration Parade as the original Can-Can puppet in the Pinocchio unit. I was fortunate to dance on the Regis & Kelly show, dance in the special break out parade that they opened up only to the press and invited guest. I was also in ads for Disney.
Disney is also where I met my husband Chris and it's where he proposed to me right before a parade (a great story if you have time one day).