Owner & Director

Candace Roussel

Candace Dance Company is owned and operated by Candace Roussel. She has led Candace Dance Company competition teams to win national titles all over the country. She studied under Cydni Hutson for over 24 years and was a member of her instructional staff for over 10 years. Candace was a Soloist and Artist in Residence of Twin City Ballet Company. She has competed and performed all over the country at well-known conventions and centers, such as New York City Dance Alliance, Starpower, JUMP, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway in New York City. She was named Regional Outstanding Dancer numerous times at New York City Dance Alliance and served as a Junior Member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters. Candace also performed in an off-broadway production titled "Shake the Floor," where she performed with "So You Think You Can Dance" runner-up Danny Tidwell and SYTYCD winner Travis Wall. Candace has studied under prestigious, world-renowned dancers, such as Joe Tremaine, Debra Allen, "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon, Tyce Diorio, Nick Lazzareni, Mia Michaels, Mandi Moore, Ray Leeper, and Dave Scott to name a few. Recently, Candace received the opportunity to work for Dancing with the Stars. She worked closely with Witney Carson, Vanilla Ice, and Dancing with the Stars field producers to rehearse and film for an episode at Candace Dance Company's studio. Candace continues to travel to competitions and conventions all over the country to further her dance knowledge and stay current with new trends. She believes it is very important to continually further her knowledge and evolve as dance changes in order to provide fresh new choreography and dance instruction. Her choreography has won numerous awards nationally. During her college career, Candace was a Louisiana Tech cheerleader for 3 years and a member of the Regal Blues dance team for 1 year. She loves sharing her love of dance with children of all ages! 


Lori Robinson

Lori is a native of Bossier City with over 26 yrs experience of dance instruction and choreography in all genres of dance. She is the former owner and director of Rhythm-in-Motion n School of Dance. Lori graduated from University of Louisiana Monroe with a BS in Pre-Medicine/ Biology. She was a member of the Warbonnets Danceline, and the Little Indians Pom Pom Dance/Cheer Squad where she served as captain. Over the last 2 decades, Lori has instructed thousands of girls in the tri-state area. She has traveled all over the US studying under multiple professional instructors and choreographers to continue her education to stay up to date with all current dance trends. Lori is a Member of the National Dance Teachers Association and the National Dance Coaches Association and has led many dance groups and students to Award winning National Championship titles. Lori has a huge passion for dance and instructing girls to be the best they can be! She considers it an honor to have the opportunity to help young ladies build self-esteem, and go above and beyond to help her dance students achieve all of their personal dance goals.


Gabby Pueblo

Gabrielle Pueblo began dancing at the age of four. She began competing at the age of 13 and attended competitions and conventions in the Ark-la-tex area including, Showstopper, NYLA, Talent on Parade, Nexstar, and KAR. Gabby also began as a teachers assistant at the age of 13. Gabby has taken classes from many well known dancer and choreographers, such as Fikshun, Dusty Button, Angel Roberts, Taylor Quinn, Mary Ann Lamb, Geo Hubela, Dena Rizzo, Arielle Elonys, Aaron Burr, and Haley Mac Cooper. Gabby also spent a summer at camp in Dallas Texas learning from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Gabby has always had a strong passion for dance and teaching. She plans to continue helping young dancers grow and watch them become as passionate about dance as she is! 


Mackinley Loyd

Mackinley Loyd started dancing at the age of 3. She has been dancing for 15 years, she  started assisting at the age of 12 and began teaching at the age of 16. She was a member of Louisiana Dance Theater for three years and a member of the Senior competition team at Candace Dance for 5 years. She has competed at competitions such as NYLA, Streetz and Triumph.  She has worked with choreographers including Ashley Murphy, Dianne Maroney-Grigsby, Jon Lehrer, Soili Arvola, Ceyhun Ozsoy, Nikoloz Makhateli, Justin Streeter, Donovan Gibbs, and many more. She loves to watch young dancers grow and become passionate about the thing they love.


Avey Hester

Avery Hester started dancing at Candace Dance Company in 2017. She is currently on the senior competition team at Candace Dance and is a member of the Blue Angels danceline at Airline High School. She has competed and taken class through many well known competitions and conventions such as Streetz, Nuvo, Nyla, Triumph, etc. She was a Streetz Elite Runner Up this past dance season and received a scholarship from NYLA. She also attends several dance clinics at LSU in Baton Rouge. She began assisting at the age of 13 and instructing at 15. She strives to share her love for dance with others and to help dancers grow and learn not only in dance, but as a person as well!