Cynthia brings her love of culture and dance technique into each of her performances, classes and master workshops. With over 20 years of research and experience, Cynthia is sure to integrate her passion, knowledge and creativity into her work as a guiding principle for her students and audiences to experience. Her mission is to invoke self-discovery and ancestral empowerment as we express who we are in the world. Her performance credits include: Movie "In the Heights" directed by Jon. M. Chu with Lin-Manuel Miranda, musical UN Symphony Orchestra "El Condor Pasa: Andean Hope,composed by Dante Valdez, PBS featured award winning documentary 'Soy Andina' directed by Mitchell Teplitsky.
As a contemporary, modern and folkloric dancer, Cynthia informs her movement through her rich heritage as a passionate New Yorker, Peruvian, Andean and Puerto Rican woman. Whether it's Modern, Huayno, Marinera or Bomba, her traveled experiences performing throughout the U.S., South America and the Caribbean brings a unique versatility to every performance.
Cynthia's choreographic language aims to go beyond traditional boundaries and explore the heart of her ancestral past and its relationship with present day U.S. and Latin American cultural realities. With over 15 years of researching Peruvian dance and through her modern dance training, Cynthia's unique style interweaves tradition, ritual dance with contemporary language to uphold, pass on and remember our history. Her motivation is to continue to connect deeply with her indigenous ancestry, celebrate and share this knowledge with worldwide audiences.
Cynthia strives to bring inspiration to her students by giving them a thorough understanding of technique, history and artistry to each genre. Cynthia has taught master classes in Peruvian traditional dance and Contemporary workshops throughout universities in the U.S. and Peru. She is a dance educator for the NYC Dept. of Education, K-12, and aims for students to dance as a tool for self empowerment and growth.
By Doug Klostermann