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Nov 19, 2019

This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra speaks with Candy Tong — dancer, model, and social media influencer who is using her platform to help young dancers overcome self-doubt. Tong, a former Miss Dance of California, has gained accolades both on- and off-stage, including awards from the most esteemed dance competitions and various off-stage recognitions, such as being named one of the top ten most inspiring dancers to follow on Instagram. Candy is currently modeling for some of the world’s top brands and is touring with Complexions Ballet out of New York City.

Candy, whose muscular body type doesn’t match the typical ballerina stereotype, is using her platform for good, encouraging younger dancers to take pride in their physique. On the podcast, Candy discusses why she’s so passionate about that mission and shares some other advice for dancers, such as how to best prepare for competitions, how to stay fit while traveling, how to find your own stage “voice,” and more.


Moving Quotes:

“It’s 2019 — almost 2020. Dancers shouldn’t be afraid of having muscles on their bodies, instead of being the typical skinny ballerina that’s been the aesthetic for so many years. I’m not afraid of lifting weights. I think it’s good for you."

“[Through my social media accounts,] I want to break the norm that ballerinas don’t just have to be in tutus, tiaras, and pink tights. You can be a girl who’s a little edgy — who embraces their feminine qualities — and shows that bold confidence."

“Explore every option possible and don’t be narrow minded."

“[When competing,] the thing that got me most was comparing myself to other dancers. I realized that, once I stopped watching other dancers until after I was done performing, I performed much better."


Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:

3:03: Candy shares some tips on staying sharp as a dancer while undergoing the travel requirements of working with a touring company.

7:36: Candy discusses some workouts that dancers may find valuable and encourages listeners with nontraditional dance bodies to take pride in their physique.

11:07: Tong describes the pros and cons of social media and how it can be a great tool for establishing a dancer’s personal brand.

13:12: Candy, who is an inspirational figure in her own right, shares where she personally receives inspiration for her life and career.

14:56: Tong explains how younger dancers can best find their “voice” on stage.

17:05: Candy, who recently ventured into modeling, describes how she got plugged into this industry and how she recently landed her first gig with huge brand.

19:15: Candy discusses why she loves participating in competitions and gives some tips for dancers that are preparing to compete.

22:05: Tong shares some ways that she, personally, is helping young dancers overcome self-doubt.

24:16: Candy discusses her long-term goals and dreams, which includes opening up her own dance school, and describes what that dance school could potentially look like.

26:53: Candy shares about her current tour and tells listeners where they can catch her next season.


Bullet List of Resources – 

Candy Tong

Complexions Ballet