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and part 6.
Welcome to the Season Finale of Turtleboy Investigates: Candy Dennis’ Revive Dance Xchange. It’s been quite a week and as a result of our investigations Candy Dennis has elected to take down her bio on her company’s website, after we pointed out that many of her credentials were questionable. She’s also shut down RDX’s Facebook page, and appears to have gone into hiding. The Patch has written three stories about her as well, including an emailed conversation in which she professes her innocence, claims she’s suing Turtleboy, and vows to show proof that things we’ve published are slander of deformation. It’s been 48 hours and she hasn’t responded to the Patch with any of this proof. Of course she can’t respond to us either as she has blocked us on Facebook and refused to return any of our emails.
When we were first tipped off about Candy Dennis we were interested. But we get hundreds of story idea pitches a week, and most we don’t end up writing about. A story like this would be a project so we needed to make sure it was worth our while. The thing about stories like this though is that we are hesitant to become involved in a dispute between a business and angry customers. After all, the customers are pretty biased and the last thing we’d want to do is harm a local business because of some vindictive former clients.
But after we spoke with Candy Dennis directly we quickly realized that everything they were telling us had merit. Soon after she figured out exactly what Turtleboy was she blocked us, and we knew at that point we had to write a story. You don’t block Turtleboy if you’re a legitimate business with nothing to hide.
We messaged her for comment on some allegations about scholarships not being given out and other shady business practices that we were hearing about:
She’d never heard of Turtleboy before. Advantage Turtleboy.
But before we could explain our mission statement she was telling us about all the scholarships she’d given out….
Just a reminder, the people who received these “scholarships” were mostly people who had donated signficant amounts in the past. They weren’t for poor kids. And they weren’t scholarships either – they were coupons to her own dance studio.
We wanted to know where we could find some of these scholarship winners. After all, when places give out scholarships there’s usually a picture or an award’s ceremony or something….
Oh OK. I guess they like to keep their scholarships private. How convenient.
That’s when she started going on the defensive by going on the offensive by blaming angry parents who she asked to leave for their kid’s “bad behavior,” and accusing the parents of “bullying” her, thus causing “great harm to my health” as well as other clients.
She thought she knew who the parents were who were coming to us, and accused one of them of being a $950 scholarship winner. In reality she gave this individual $20 off per month and had the receipts to prove it.
She also says there that they only raise $200 a year in scholarships and the rest comes “from the business.” But at the same time she claims right on her site that the money raised from recitals and the illegal raffles they hold goes directly to the scholarships. That’s a lot more than $200.
She kept asking us what our “attentions” were for these inquires, so we told her we wanted to clear things up. Especially about her GoFundMe for her crippling disease while also going to Disney World….
So Daddy paid for her plane tickets? Her family members dispute that, but OK. Did he also pay the $500 entry fee to get into Discovery Cove? Tickets to Disney World? Sea World? Eating out every night at expensive restaurants? Hot air balloon rides?
And what about the New York trips?
Oh right, your husband (who took your last name, and who you are now blaming the GoFundMe on) has a sugar momma who pays for you to go to New York to get ballroom dancing training. That’s why you went to New York. Of course you had to bring the whole family and go out to dinner and expensive shows every night there in Times Square too, under the guise that your daughter was accepted to an academy that anyone can pay to take expensive lessons at. Best mother in law ever!!
And the GoFundMe was for her illness which made her so sick that her doctor told her in front of other patients that “it’s just not fair.”
She even had the medicine to prove how expensive the treatment was:
Except after speaking to a bunch of nurses and people who work around prescription pills that these are just a bunch of vitamins.
Apparently our basic questions about why someone with a GFM (which she was encouraging her clients to donate to on her business page) could spend so much money, necessitated her contacting her lawyer….
Naturally her lawyer was already going after the evil parents who were guilty of not being thrilled about being ripped off by her. AKA slander.
So what were they saying that was false?
Except it turned out she was lying about her “education” since many of the places she claimed to have been educated at in her bio did not offer the education she claimed they provided her with.
She was right about the GFM not being used to fund the vacations though. After all, she barely raised $1,000. No, that money was coming from the recital cash which she was pretending was going to scholarships.
After that she kept going back to her brain disease….
And insisting that her father paid for the April vacation to Florida….
She says that New York is cheap too because of the hotel rooms. Anyone who’s ever stayed in a NYC hotel would probably disagree with that, but OK.
Then she did what she always does – hide behind the kids….
Because “hating” on her was actually hurting the students, not just her business. This of course is a pattern, as she vilified parents with legitimate concerns by blaming them for their out of control, poorly behaved children. This woman is up to no good, and instead of just admitting it she uses children as both a shield and a weapon.
What about the instructors and their alleged lack of qualifications?
Except the teachers themselves told us differently. The teachers who were being paid with discounts in tuition and were told it was “work study.”
That’s when her lawyer Jonathan Hurley advised her to stop communicating….
Advice she clearly ignored in the next few weeks after digging herself a bigger hole by lying to The Patch about “proof” she had that parents were lying.
Anyway, this woman clearly needs help. I’m not a doctor or anything, but she seems like a complete nutjob in our professional opinion. Everyone on staff concurs. Make no doubt about it – she will victimize herself with this. She will likely claim that she’s going to commit suicide and the blog made her do it in order to elicit sympathy. They always do when their backs are against the wall. I don’t know if anything she has done is an arrestable offense, but either way the public has a right to know because so many of these business practices are clearly deceptive and unprofessional. Especially when there are kids involved.