Staying Motivated Through Cultural Entrepreneurship


The Ups And Downs of Cultural Entrepreneurship

Cultural Entrepreneurship is dependent on finding a tribe that will form your loyal community.  Candace Thompson-Zachary walks us through the ups and downs of cultural entrepreneurship in the world of dance.  Candace formed a Dance Caribbean Collective in New York City to highlight the works of artists from the Caribbean.  Running a non-profit in the cultural sector has its challenges.  Listen to our podcast to learn more about running a non-profit from fund-raising, sponsorship to the challenges of leading the collective and keeping them focused.

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Candace Thompson-Zachery Bio

Candace Thompson-Zachery, a Brooklyn resident, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer, choreographer, certified fitness professional and cultural producer. Candace is a graduate of Adelphi University’s BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department and is currently a 1st year candidate in the Performance Curation program at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit, a fitness and movement company, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe dance project, and the Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE (DCC).
Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a collaborative and organising body, creating platforms for artists developing work from a Caribbean perspective, to show their work within the local diaspora community in NYC. Candace has been instrumental in creating several programs bringing visibility and greater insight to Caribbean Dance, including designing the annual New Traditions (dance) Festival. ContempoCaribe, her choreography and performance project, embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora through various research-based dance works. Her repertoire has been performed at Danspace Project, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Museum and COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad & Tobago. Candace also does in-home training for clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and is a pioneer in the Soca Dance genre.  
Other special accreditations include being a part of the inaugural Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016, honored in Adelphi University’s 2016/2017 10 Under 10 program for young alumni, being a part of the Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence program for fall 2017 and a candidate in the 2018 Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy through National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania.
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