Year 1981, Mauro de Candia began dancing really young. Aged 10 years old, in Verona, Founder and Director of Princess Grace Academy Marika Besobrasova discovered Mauro, and offered him a scholarship. From that moment on he’ll join the School each summer.
After two brief pauses at Milan’s Scuola di Ballo della Scala and Rudra of Béjart in Lausanne, in 1998 he completed his professional training at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco receiving the John Gilpin Scholarship by Princess Antoinette of Monaco.
Following his professional training, in August 2001 he then departed from Monte-Carlo for Hannover to join the Ballet of the Opera House under Stephan Thoss leadership. During his career Mauro de Candia has danced leading roles in works from Béjart, Kylian, Mats Ek, Forsythe, Naharin or Marco Goecke. Still, German choreographer Stephan Thoss will mark his artistic development creating specially for him new works and modern adaptations of classical ballets.
Today he lives Berlin although he’s constantly working as freelancer choreographer all over the world for many dance companies.
Strongly bound to his land, in 1997 in his hometown Barletta he founds Arte&BallettO, today one of the most estimated No-Profit Organizations in terms of education, promotion and distribution of Italian dance panorama.
To Arte&BallettO belongs Pneuma Dance Theater and Giovane Balletto Mediterraneo.
In 2007 Mauro de Candia was nominated “European up-coming choreographer” from German dance magazine Dance for You. Several prizes and honors for his artistic work-done among were giving to him such as Premio Positano per la Danza, Melvin Jones Fellowship, Premio Giuliana Penzi per la Danza.
In June 2009 Mauro de Candia was awarded with a Silver Medal by President of Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano for his merits.
Mauro de Candia did support and introduce into dance world many talented young dancers become today professional dancers or admitted to professionals European Dance Academies.
He’s the founder and artistic director of ApuliArteFestival as well as International Award ApuliArte and a various number of Italian dance events and professional workshop.
From august 2012 he's director of the Department of Dance and State Theatre Company of Osnabrück in Germany.