Cynthia Pepper has been active in multiple aspects of the performing arts world for several decades. She began her career early and performed internationally with the Utah based Virginia Tanner (Children’s Dance Theatre CDT) at the White House for President Nixon, with Bella Lewitzky at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Loretta Livingston & Dancers as a company member, The Utah Opera and Donald Byrd Dance.
After graduating from California Institute of the Arts and San Francisco State University, she created several dance outreach programs still thriving throughout the Bay Area.
She has enjoyed teaching cultural world dances and contemporary movement forms to over 40,000 students of all ages and learning abilities.
Cynthia’s choreography has been commissioned by HBO, Japan Television, Hilton Hotels, Sesame Street (with shared Emmy Awards), Redken International, Academy of Art, A.C.T., Marin Shakespeare Company, The Sundance Channel, Nickelodeon, American Express, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and many more.
Cynthia worked as the Outreach Director at The Marin Ballet, Marin Dance Theatre and San Francisco Ballet (Dance-In-Schools and Communities DISC Program) developing curriculum, writing grants, creating new arts integrated art events and producing outreach events and performances for audiences of all ages.
Her award-winning dance film collection created with her non-profit CPepperDance entitled: Films That Dance™ has been purchased by several museums and university libraries including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
Cynthia has cast and choreographed for television programs, industrials, internet campaigns, several films of all genres, fashion shows, film openings, 14 Equity plays and multiple theatre, opera and circus companies. She often collaborates with her dance partner, Melinda Darlington-Bach. They founded a Bay Area dance film production company called Xanadu Entertainment. www.xanaduentertainmentllc.com
As a professional development teaching artist, Cynthia has taught educators at UCLA, Young Audiences National Conventions, California Dance Educators NDEA, Cal Berkeley, Cyprus College, Stanford University, California Institute of the Arts, Tanner Dance in Utah, Berkeley, Marin, Oakland, and San Francisco Ballet Schools on ways to bring the joy of innovative dance and movement into their world.
Cynthia’s latest dance films Pixie & Dust and Polka Dott are traveling the international film festival circuit and can be viewed here at cynthiapepper.com.
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