Carol Ann "Candi" Harrington deAlaiza started folk dancing at the University of Santa Barbara in 1961. She began working with Basque dance as a part of a Del Amo fellowship from UCLA in 1971 and has been interested in the dances of the Basque people ever since.
Candi danced with the Basques in Spain and worked with them for an extended period in 1972 and 1973. She has worked with California Basques and has taught Basque dances to dance groups in Southern California.
She coreographed Basque dances for the Westwind Folk Ensemble. Two of her students, Anthony Ivancich and Roo Lester, have gone on to teach Basque dances in the United States.
Candi has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish at East Los Angeles College. Her husband, Martín, was a Spanish Basque who died on September 14, 2013.
Among Candi's publications is:
- Basque Dancing in Southern California. by Candi de Alaiza
- DdA Reference Format for Dance. By Elsie Ivancich Dunin and Candi Harrington deAlaiza. Tempe, Arizona: Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, 1988, 1989, 2010.
- "Studying Basque Dance." Candi deAlaiza, Dance Research Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1/2, 1981,1982), pp. 55-59
Dances Candi has taught include Baztan-Dantza, Hegi, and Imotz Ibarreko Esku Dantza.