Performer Candis Cayne, left, resets the CD player as she rehearses for two hours in a rented room at Dick Shea Studios in Manhattan with two professional dancers who she hired for a club performance at a party for trans people and their admirers (some of whom Cayne calls "trannie chasers"); Cayne, J.D., center, and Mahi Kekumu, right, choreographed dance moves to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and a dance version of "Fever."
A trained dancer, Candis has done off-Broadway work and her own show; she says she did not feel confident about auditioning for female roles during her gender transition, a gradual process begun in 1995, but she is open to such roles now. "It's been a difficult transition as far as my career's concerned," she says. "I would really love to do Broadway but I really don't know how to break into it; it's always a Catch 22- you have to have years of Broadway to get those gorgeous lead parts...I always fit in. I could always pass. It was a matter of me having the confidence in that community."
photo by Angela JImenez for The New York Times
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