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Candice Adea

Candice is the First Prize winner at the 2012 Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the silver medalist at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition senior women’s division, the first Filipina to win medals at these prestigious competitions. Her journey started at age 4 when she began taking ballet under Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc and Josette Salang, and continued with Brezhnev Larlar and Steps Dance Studio. At age 9, she earned a full scholarship at the CCP Dance School and trained under Noordin Jumalon until she entered the Philippine High School for the Arts. She studied under Nonoy Froilan, Victor Ursabia, Ronilo Jaynario and Veronique Duma-Berdin, during which time she also competed at the Asia-Pacific Ballet Competition in Tokyo, Japan, becoming a finalist on her second try. She graduated with the Artistic Excellence Award and the Maria Makiling Scholarship Award, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Performing Arts Major in Dance degree from De La Salle—College of Saint Benilde. A member of Ballet Philippines since 2004, Candice has danced in all of BP’s productions, essaying principal roles in Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Peter Pan, Snow White, Crisostomo Ibarra and Amada among others. She won Gawad Buhay’s Outstanding Female Lead Performer for her work in Amada (2009) and September Gala (2010), as well as two special awards at the Boston International Ballet Competition in 2011—the Maris Liepa Award for Outstanding Artistry and the Lead Role in a Russian Ballet performance. She also won Third Prize at the 8th Seoul International Dance Competition in South Korea.