Candy was born on November 12, 1979
in Santo Domingo DR, but raised in Jersey City
New Jersey. Her given name is Candida Mena,
but her friends call her Candy for short.
Since she was a little girl, Candy always
displayed a talent for understanding her
physical capabilities. She was raised on
Gymnastics, Jazz, and her many years of
relentless hours of cheerleading. It wasn’t
until she was out of school that she realized
her talent for salsa.
In September of 1998 she attended a
fund-raiser at the local boys club. This
is where she first saw Ismael Otero.
After seeing him dance, she took his
information and put it in her purse.
On October 26, 1998, Candy took her very
first steps to becoming a salsera.