California,USA

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @candytong12

1. Your Bio

My name is Candy Tong and I am 19 years old. I received my main training from SF Ballet and from there I moved onto NYC where I had the privilege of working with NDT dancer Drew Jacoby. I have won many awards throughout the years such as Miss Dance of California in 2013. After that I was lucky enough to be recruited to dance at English National Ballet School where I was able to work with the company as well. Performing is my favorite part of dancing and it is why I do it. The vibe and energy coming from the audience keeps me doing what I love best.

2. What 5 words explain you the best?

1. Happy (all the time)

2. Fierce

3. Elegant

4. Giggly

5. Radiant

3. What dreams do you have for the future?

I would hopefully like to join a professional company either in contemporary ballet or ballet. My dream companies are Complexions, Norwegian National Ballet, and NDT.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

I don’t actually.

5. What is your fondest memory growing up?

If we are sticking to dance, I would have to say being ‘Clara’ in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. I was 10 years old the youngest out of the 4 other Claras. It was amazing to be a main role at such a young age with a world recognise company. The final bow was truly an amazing experience, all eyes were on you as they cheered and clapped loudly…it is something I will never forget.

6. What is the most adventurous thing you can say that you have done?

I wouldn’t say this is adventurous… but it is courageous on the other hand.

Last year I moved half way across the world to London and lived there for one year all by myself. I felt like a grown up at 17 years old!!

7. What are the top 3 things to do on your bucket list?

1. Dance Jacob’s Pillow

2. Meet Dusty Button

3. Dance on live television

8. What have you failed at before and what did you learn from this.

Last year I was very close on landing a contract with a company that I loved very much, but I unfortunately did not attain it. From that point on I thought I failed in life and thought that was the end of my dance career. But little did I know, that was a huge push and thrive for me to work harder. I did not give up one bit. I am still to this day striving to be a professional dancer and I am working harder than ever to achieve my dream. Never take your eyes off the prize!!!

9. Who inspires you?

MY MOM!!! She has been my role model all my life and continues to inspire me everyday.

10. Do you have a favourite book or movie?

I don’t’ have either…but I have a favorite Broadway show!!! And that is Phantom of the Opera! I have seen it 8 times on Broadway in NYC. You can say I am a little bit obsessed.

11. If you had to live on a deserted island and you could only take one thing, what would you take and why?

Haha! A HELICOPTER. Well… to simply leave the island ☺

12. What 3 pieces of advice would you give for others who want to get into your field or industry?

1. Do not second doubt yourself and do not worry about your body image. I am a tall dancer and have been rejected many times by companies. I have had downfalls and have second-guessed my dancing because of my height, but with lots of encouragement by professional (tall) dancers such as Drew Jacoby, Muriel Maffre, and Sofiane Sylve… I have learned to own my height. You have to accept what you have and work with it. People will love you as long as you have confidence.

2. Take advantage of every offer that is handed to you! You will never know what one job can lead to.

3. And most of all just live through every moment you are dancing. Dance because you love to, not because you are forced to.

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