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Candace Ricketts

Candace Anna Ricketts was born in Chattanooga, TN, and began dancing at age 3. She started training at Ballet Tennessee at age 9, where she was chosen for many lead roles. She assisted and taught for the Dance Alive Program and performed at schools doing lecture demonstrations. She held a principal role in Barry VanCura’s Concerto, which won first place at Panoply Choreography Competition. Candace joined Charlotte Ballet as a Trainee in 2014 where she performed with the company in The Four Temperaments, Nutcracker and Peter Pan and since joining the second company has performed in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Sleeping Beauty, Sasha Janes premiere of Wuthering Heights and George Balanchine’s Rubies. Candace has trained in summer intensives at Charlotte Ballet, Boston Ballet and most recently in Chautauqua where she performed in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Danses Brillantes, Sasha Janes’ Four Seasons and Mark Diamond’s Path.

  • Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
  • Dancing Since: Age 3
  • Seasons with Charlotte Ballet II: 3
  • Favorite movies: The Avengers and One Night With the King
  • Performance she is most looking forward to: Nutcracker! I have always loved the ballet and it’s at Christmas time and I love Christmas
  • Most prized possession: A purple ribbon I wore to my dance teacher’s funeral. He was the first person to believe I could make it as a professional dancer

Are you ready for audition season? Take it from us- our company dancers have been through many auditions in their careers, and they want to share their tips with YOU to make sure you rock your audition!

1. Treat it like a normal class


Drew Grant | 2nd Season

“Don’t be late and make sure to pick appropriate attire. Remind yourself that it’s just class, the same you take everyday, enjoy it!”

Lexi Johnson | 2nd Season

“When you go into the audition, try to let go of your nervous energy and treat it like a normal technique class. Try your best to relax, stay focused and show the teacher how much you enjoy dancing. No matter the outcome, the experience of auditioning teaches you a lot, so it’s rewarding either way!”

2. Be in performance Mode


Claire Hutchinson | Second company, 2nd Season

“Don’t watch the other dancers. An audition is like a performance, so stay in performance mode and try not to get distracted. It will also be easier to dance your best if you are enjoying yourself. So have fun!”

3. Dress to impress and show your confidence


Sarah Hayes Harkins | 10th Season

“Don’t be afraid to register early and get up front!! Wear something noticeable and pretty in your hair, but also don’t over do it.  Pay close attention to details of the combinations, do it exactly how it is demonstrated to the best of your ability.”

Elizabeth Truell | 3rd Season

Dress to make yourself feel confident and beautiful. You should go in the front and don’t be afraid to show yourself. Most importantly, just enjoy dancing and show them your passion.”

Sarah Lapointe | 3rd Season

“Always present yourself as well put together and organized. This will show your professional attitude and bring an impeccable look to every audition you attend!”

4. Show why you love it


Anson Zwingelberg | 1st Season

“It’s important to remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that what will make you unique and one of a kind.”

5. Don’t judge yourself


Colby Foss | 1st Season

“My teacher in college, Mr. Clouser, always said, ‘learn everything, judge nothing,’ and I stand by that.”

Put these tips to use!

Visit our 2018 National Audition Tour to Pre-register today!