Candis Yamamoto - UnitedBy8

Candis began her love for dance during her early school years.  During her senior year, her family moved from Los Angeles to Anaheim.  She tried out for the dance team to make new friends where she discovered for her love for jazz dance.  This new exposure led to dancing with a college dance troupe-Skyline Dancers (UCSB) for 4 years.  Candis continues to hone on her talents by taking dance class in different styles to have a variety in her back pocket.

Candis has gained several opportunities to be a dance coach and/or choreographer for youth including 32nd St School (Winter recital), Forshay Drill team (MLKingdom Parade) and Nora Sterry School (Black History Month recital).  She’s the resident dance coach for the community choir- Preachin’ Soul.  Additionally, she’s received a Dance It Out (DIO) certification to continue to expose youth and adults in ways to have fun and stay fit through dance.  

A chance meeting with fellow dance instructor/mentor/BFF/co-founder, Tor Campbell, led to a serendipitous AHA moment of the importance of dance expression in her life.  What started out as a kernel of inspiration from the mind of Tor Campbell has turned into a journey with happy feet and blossomed into what is known as United By 8.  Along with the collaboration of Amber and Ben–these 4 are now spreading the joy of movement to others, creating lasting memories, and forging new friendships.  When you come to camp and see Camp Director, Candis, don’t be afraid to bust a move with her because sharing is caring.