Candice Thompson is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, writer, and teacher. She is editor and co-founder of the blog, DIYdancer, where she also contributes dance criticism. In 2011, she was an artist-in-residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, where she continues to teach Sculptural Crochet.
Her designs for theatre have been featured in venues such as Coney Island's Luna Park, HERE Arts Center, the Ohio Theatre, the Player's Theatre, the 45th Street Theatre, the American Place Theatre, the Brick Theatre, La MaMa, the Crown Point Festival, the NY International Fringe Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival and her designs for dance can been seen in such varied companies as Brooklyn Art Department, Laura Peterson Company, Philippa Kaye Company, Milwaukee Ballet company, James Sewell Ballet, ad hoc Ballet, John Mark Owen, Emery LeCrone, SUNY Purchase, Harvard, Washington Ballet School and the Rock School for Dance Education. Her dancewear designs for LOLAstretch have been worn by professional dancers and students in dance companies around the world since 2005, including the popular show So You Think You Can Dance. She has been the resident costume designer for New Chamber Ballet in NYC since 2007. Since 2010, she has also been the costume designer for Nightmare, one of NYC's most horrifying and popular haunted houses.
She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and has been immersed in dance and performance culture since the age of five. She trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and spent summers at the Milwaukee Ballet School and the Princeton Ballet School. Upon graduation, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in dance. She spent five years as a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Company. Her roles have included Papagena in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Clara in Michael Pinks’ The Nutcracker, Rum and Coca-Cola in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Little Swans in Simon Dow’s Swan Lake, and a soloist in Susan Jones’ staging of Paquita as well as works by George Balanchine, Trey McIntyre, Kathy Posin, Lila York, John Utans, Jimmy Gamonet de los Herros, Kurt Jooss, and Lee Wei Chao. She has been a member of ad hoc Ballet since its inception. She can be found teaching ballet at Ballet Ecole in Wilton, CT and Pilates at BodyTonic in Park Slope.
Designer Photo by Steven Schreiber.