The Studio

The Dance Lab is a creative studio space designed to welcome our students with warmth and positive energy. We have created a space to promote a calm, peaceful environment where everyone is encouraged to explore self-discovery, positive self-awareness, and the love of moving, improving, and creating. Our space consists of one large, open studio with lots of natural light, full length mirrors, ballet barres, as well as props and accessories to enhance our movement experiences. We have a cozy waiting area for visitors and space for art projects and literacy explorations.

 

We are proud to have a beautiful, professional Harlequin dance floor specifically designed to give dancers and movers a safe surface for our moving bodies. 

The Director

 

Candace A. Carriger, MA
Artistic Director

 

Candace holds an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland. She also obtained teacher certification through the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y, in New York City. Candace is a specialist in early childhood dance education with a focus on the artistic and physical development of young children. Her professional dance training includes study at The Maryland Youth Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has performed with a variety of independent modern dance choreographers, several community-based ballet companies, as well as developing her own choreographic projects. Her New York teaching experiences include; the Bank Street School for Children, STEPS on Broadway, the Weekday School at the Riverside Church, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech, and Ballet Academy East. Candace developed the Dance Lab in order to share her many years of teaching experience, dance training and education, and love for moving with another generation of creative movers. Candace is also a certified Pilates teacher and kids Yoga instructor.

In 2020, Candace had two full hip replacements to repair both hips that had been overworked and overused from so many years of dancing and teaching. As part of her recovery, Candace got herself back into the studio alone to strengthen and heal her new "bionic" hips. She gathered all of her dance and movement knowledge and experience and began developing a workout program that would enhance her healing without causing any harm after these two major surgeries. She revisited her years of training in Pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban work, and Ballet. Slowly, she developed a workout that had her moving stronger and without pain. She turned her pain-into-passion and now offers a variety of adult classes designed to strengthen, stretch, tone, reshape and build better body-confidence that she now shares with lots of adults who are also finding benefits from this work.

photo credit: Randhy Rodriguez Photography

Philosophy

Adults

The Dance Lab offerings for adults include creative, thoughtfully designed, inclusive experiences that enhance body-mind-spirit connectivity in a safe and welcoming environment. Strengthening our bodies with mindfulness, purpose, and efficiency encourage a stronger self-image and healthier mindset. We incorporate lots of individual attention to help guide adults along their own personal movement journeys whether it be to improve flexibility, better posture, strengthen, tone, reshape, recover, or simply just keep the body moving. The Dance Lab is thrilled to share more offerings that benefit adults in a positive way.

Kids

The Dance Lab offerings for kids include creative, imaginative, artistic experiences that enhance body-mind-spirit connectivity engaging the whole child in a safe and welcoming learning environment. Problem-solving and decision-making skills encourage creative thinking ~ planning, organizing, selecting, practicing, and performing ~ both independently and cooperatively.  The Dance Lab offers an uniquely original program of creative offerings for children guided by developmentally appropriate structures, incorporating the love of learning, the joy of moving, and the openness for self-discovery. The Dance Lab is delighted to offer a process-oriented, child-centered, creativity-based curriculum for children.

Families

The Dance Lab offerings for families include creative, multi-generational experiences that enhance moving, exploring, sharing, and connecting in a fun and welcoming environment. Spending time with your kids in the studio, working side-by-side is a magical experience. We balance the needs of the adult movers with the energies of kids. The Dance Lab is joyful to share more family offerings that connect and enhance positive family interactions.