Kathleen Candales is the Artistic Director and Founder of Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio and Performing Company. At her studio, the art of dance, music and theater are instilled in both children and adults alike. She is a certified Florida Public School Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Education from Florida International University. Kathleen has studied hip-hop, jazz, ballet, modern dance, flamenco, African and Caribbean dance, salsa, belly dance and choreography. Besides her extensive experience as a dance teacher, Kathleen, a mother of two, is a professional dancer, choreographer, actress and vocalist. Some highlights in her career include special appearances in such films and music videos as "The Crew," "Random Hearts" with Harrison Ford, and "Music of the Heart" with Gloria Estefan and 'N Sync. She has also graced the stage in such theatre productions as "Mame," "The Fantastiks" and "Sweet Charity." She has choreographed for Miami Dade County Public Schools, College, Television and recording artists of all genres of music.