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Passion to dance

Candice Pike By Pamela Gill

Since she was five years old, dance has been Candice Pike’s passion.

The Pasadena resident graduated from Grenfell College on May 16 with a social/cultural studies degree, one of 130 students at spring convocation ceremony at the Pepsi studio.

Ms. Pike’s dance career has led her to teach for the last five years at Dance Studio West in Corner Brook. It’s a pursuit that permeated her studies at Grenfell as well – her Social/Cultural studies 4950 independent study project focused on the sociology of males in dance – the privileges and “reverse affirmative action” that comes into play when men enter a predominately female world.

That study will now take Ms. Pike to York University, where she will pursue a two-year master’s in dance beginning in the fall.

“It’s mostly academic – there’s no required studio work,” she explained. “It’s interdisciplinary like social/cultural studies at Grenfell College.”

Her work at York will involve several areas, such as dance history and dance reconstruction, which involves studying the writings and stories of dances and bringing them “back to life,” she said, adding that it’s all about re-creating culture.

“Grenfell has prepared me for this next step,” said Ms. Pike. “It’s encouraged my work ethic; it’s inspired me to be passionate about education.”
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