Super Students

Saturday, October 11, 1997

Name: Candace Yoshioka
Age: 17
School: Iolani
Favorite subject: Russian
Pastimes: Theater
Future: Performing arts

Dancing up a success

Dancing opened doors for Candace Yoshioka, but the Iolani School senior has become more than just a performer.

Candace, the youngest of Emmett and Judy Yoshioka's three daughters, is the dance captain and choreographic assistant for Diamond Head Theatre's season-opening production, "The Will Rogers Follies."

Broadway choreographer Eileen Grace, who came to Honolulu in August, recommended Yoshioka for the jobs before returning to the mainland.

Candace, who is also a violinist and singer, is charged with preserving and teaching the dance routines taught by Grace. That means she must know the choreography for each cast member.

"At first, I was really scared," said Candace, who is also co-directing a one-act Iolani School play. "The pressure's there because I'm a young person working with older people but it has turned out to be pretty good.

"Respect is something you have to earn," she added. "Eileen Grace taught me a lot about teaching and the patience it takes to do it."

Candace, who plans to pursue a musical theater career, has a knack for teaching, says her father, musical director for "The Will Rogers Follies."

"It surprised me how well she took command of the rehearsals," Emmett Yoshioka said. "She's a very organized person, and I think she has the qualities to be a good teacher down the road."

Candace has been in local productions, including "Crazy for You" and "Sweet Charity."

Rod Ohira, Star-Bulletin

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