The Artistic Director

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully, administering God’s grace in its various forms. 

1 Peter 4:10

Kathleen Candales

When not in the classroom or at a TV shoot, you can probably find Kathleen in the recording studio. She has done numerous voice-overs for soap operas and the Miami Herald. She can also be heard in the soundtrack of “Libertad,” filmed in Miami. Now in Charlotte County, Kathleen’s vision is to have a place where everyone is immersed in the world of the performing arts. A place where all students – young and old – can come together and use their gifts. Her company has already performed in numerous community events that include the Art Sensation Festival, Relay for Life, Ungala Gala for the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and guest appearances at the Fuzion Dance Artists Concert in the Historic Asolo Theatre and other private functions at the Charlotte Event Center and Punta Gorda Isles Yacht Club, “Dancing with the Charlotte Stars” and special guest appearances and other private functions.

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.

Higher Ground Performing Arts

Founded by Kathleen Candales, Higher Ground Performing Arts, is a renowned dance studio and company based in Port Charlotte, FL.

Do you have questions about our dance studio or the classes we offer here?

(941) 625-3622

19048 Edgewater, Unit F. Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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