Dancing since the age of five, Candace knew she found her passion in her very first bellydance class. She is now the proud owner and director of Harmony BellyDance Co. and Harmony Studios & Alternative Healing. She performs all over Vancouver Island, The Gulf Islands and Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland Oregon and Sebastapol CA. She travels where ever necessary to train with world-renowned dancers and instructors; Suhaila Salimpour, Carolena Nericcio, Rachel Brice, Mira Betz, Kami Liddle, Zoe Jakes, Colleena Shakti, Samantha Emanuel, Mardi Love, Colette Hunter-Todorov, Heather Stants, Jill Parker and April Rose to name a few.
When Candace isn't teaching, training or performing, she spends her free time with her amazing husband Felipe, their brand new brilliantly gorgeous daughter Blaise, her beautiful sister and best friend Rayna, her awesome parents, her sweet, trouble making dog Cypress, her cats Tillee & Bootsy and the most amazing, fantastic friends a girl could ask for. Her newest adventure...
After many years learning different dance styles, Rayna fell in love with bellydancing and it's been her style of choice ever since. She and her sister Candace started bellydancing together in 1999, and while Rayna continued to study with Candace informally over the years, she recently returned to taking classes and performing. She's found the support, fun and friendship she was missing with Harmony Bellydance Co. and is a member of Ruby Ruffles and Sapphire Lace, performing troupes. She's also been taught by Sidona and Nila and has taken workshops with the talented Samantha Emanuel, Mardi Love and Mira Betz.
Rayna's other passions include make-up artistry, bikram yoga, the outdoors, anything creative and most importantly, her family and friends.
Sacha's Bio Coming Soon
Meghan has been dancing with Candace for the last 6 years, and was excited to become member of her fusion troupe Ruby Ruffles, now Harmony Dance Co. Before that she was an Amar dancer and student of Pamela Ball's, but she initially learned to dance Raks Sharki and folkloric Egyptian style with Linda Doerksen in the Comox Valley. Her sources of inspiration, and dancers that help her to evolve and grow, include Mira Betz, Ruby Beh, Kami Liddle, Rachel Brice, Bozenka, & Mardi Love. Dance is a necessity of life to her, and a physical & creative journey that she continues to find both challenging and fulfilling. She cherishes the teachers and friends she has made along the way, and hopes her journey will never end.
When she isn't dancing, Meghan loves reading, collecting shiny things, sweating in Bellyfit class, hugging fluffy animals, walking through forests, spending time with family and friends, and snuggling her marvelous & crafty husband.
Ash took her first belly dancing class in 2010 and has been hooked ever since. She quickly outgrew the beginner class and jumped at the chance to train at Labyrinth Arts Dance with Sheray Saugstad. She joined the performance program which included a combination of fusion belly dance, modern, stretch and strengthen and choreography classes. During the short time dancing at Labyrinth Dance, Ash enjoyed learning and performing at unique shows such as Light on My Feet and the Eves of Destruction Roller Derby's half time show.
After Labyrinth Dance disband in 2012, Ash was looking for another place to continue dancing and luckily found Candace at Harmony BellyDance. She has learnt so much about the history and art form of tribal fusion belly dance from Candace's classes and all the influential dancers she has hosted here in Victoria, like Kami Liddle, Mira Betz, Rachel Brice and Mardi Love. She enjoys dancing with all the wonderful ladies in her class and Ruby Ruffles and looks forward to growing and learning in life and dance.
Sarah's Bio coming soon!
Kat signed up for her first Bellydance class in January 2007 with Kesavah Bellydance. It was love at first shimmy! She danced in her first small show that May. When her teacher moved away that summer Kat began taking classes with Pamela and Heather of The Amar Dancers. She participated in several of Pamela’s student shows. In 2009 Kat took her first fusion bellydance class with Candace, and found the challenge she was looking for. After taking an ATS intensive with Candace in 2011 out of sheer curiosity, she finally found her perfect fit with the ladies of TangleWood. She loves playing inside the framework of improvisation with the support of her troupe-mates, and the additional challenge of performing with props such as finger cymbals, tambourine, sword, basket, and fan. She has had the joy of taking workshops with Silvia Salamanca, Carolina Nericcio, Kristine Adams, Kae Montgomery, Kami Liddle, Mardi Love, Colette Todorov, Tessera Tribal, Martina Crowe-Hewitt, Mira Betz, Mimi Fontana, Kajira Djoumahna and many more amazing instructors. Bellydance has been Kat’s passion since she “retired” from Karate due to a recurring knee injury, and it has filled the void the sport left behind. She loves the support and laughs that come from her shimmy sisters and the excitement that comes with performing and sharing her love of the dance.
Dana's Bio Coming Soon!
Amanda's Bio coming soon!