The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance

Cherisse Ealie

Cherisse Ealie

Pursuing her BA in Dance at the University of the West Indies. Awarded a Tap Certificate from Supreme Ways Performing Arts 2012.

Cherisse Ealie has been dancing at The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance since 2006. Her journey in dance began when she started her schooling at Bishop Anstey High School East, where she represented her school at the National Hip Hop Competition while dancing with the form fives when she was only in form 1.

She represented her school at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival, Inter-School Track and Field events and several other competitions and performances such as the National Secondary School Dance Festivals.

She wanted to join football but her mother thought it was too dangerous so she joined The Academy at Level 3 where she was then promoted to an Advance dancer and then further promoted to the Company Artist position – ‘Creola Dance Company’.

Cherise is the Dance Captain of the Academy and was recently certified as a Teacher at the Academy in African Folk and Tap dancing. She also had the opportunity to choreograph a few dances; one entitled ‘Belle Royale’ with members of the junior company for their performance at the Academy’s 2010 production “Shine”. She also choreographed for the Academy’s production ‘Techstyles’ in 2011.

Recently Cherisse was recommended by CCAD and awarded a Tap Teachers Scholarship from the Supreme Ways Performing Arts Institute where she is being trained extensively to teach Tap dancing under the Institute Director Stefanie De Gannes.

Cherisse has gained a lot of dance experience and exposure through staged productions locally, regionally and internationally with the Academy. To name a few are the Best Village Community Competitions, FIFA Women’s Under 17 World Cup Opening Ceremony (2010), The 5th Summit of the America’s Opening Ceremony (2009), The Commonwealth Heads of Government Opening Ceremony (2009), Dimanche Gras Opening Ceremony 2009 and 2010,and was also part of the cast for Soca artiste’s Iwer George presentation for the Fantastic Friday competition (2010,2011,2012) – International Soca Monarch.

She has been a part of CCAD’s Exhale (2008), Shine (2010), Creola benefit Concert (2011), Dance Creola Tour to Jamaica (2011) and United States of America 2012, Techstyles (2011), A Very Special Treat (2012) and Golden Jubliee – A Celebration of Diversity staged at home in Queen’s Hall and abroad at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, New York 2012.

The Academy’s ‘Dance with a cause’ initiatives are basically outreach performances in the community, theaters, schools, and orphanages where the Academy uses dance as a platform to address and in some cases confront social issues. Cherisse has volunteered as a ‘Dance Light’ for these outreach programs locally and internationally, where she performed at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Jamaica and several other homes their; The Children’s Aid Society in Harlem – New York and locally at the Trinidad and Tobago 29th AIDS Candlelight Memorial (2012), Cyril Ross Home for HIV and AIDS and the Princess Elizabeth Centre for children born with severe physical challenges, some even being paraplegic or quadriplegic.

Cherisse’s perspective is “Passion would take you where talent cannot!”


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