Cindy started competitive highland dance as a toddler. She fell in love with the dance form after starting classes in Toronto with the Joyce Kite School of Dance, where she remained for the majority of her competitive career. Cindy earned her teaching certification and began instructing young dancers at that same studio. Cindy’s love for ballet and modern dance began when she was accepted to the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School. There, she studied in an intensive dance program while simultaneously completing her high school education. After moving to New Brunswick for University, Cindy developed a unique class designed to use ballet as supplemental training for competitive highland dancers. She has since taught at the Barbara Murray School of Dance and the Nicole Odo School of Highland Dance in New Brunwick, as well as running her own studio, CKDance Company, in both northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Cindy has competed and performed around the world for the last two decades, but her passion truly lies with teaching, which she has done in both studio and workshop settings. Her titles include numerous championships, including qualifying for the world championships, and 3 years as the Adult Provincial Champion for New Brunswick. At the age of 16, Cindy joined the Scottish Dance Company of Canada where she enjoyed many years performing on such prestigious stages as the Roy Thompson Hall and Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, and Avery Fisher Hall in Broadway’s Lincoln Centre, New York City. She has danced for Canadianaceltic in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, and was chosen to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Her Golden Jubilee Tour. Most recently, Cindy performed and choreographed with the Shanachie Dancers in Fredericton.
Cindy is a fully certified dance teacher with multiple memberships under the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance, and a professional member of ScotDance Canada and ScotDance Alberta.