Cynthia Pepper
choreographer/director

Cynthia Pepper was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1961. As a child, she toured with Virginia Tanner’s internationally recognized Children’s Dance Theatre for 10 years performing throughout the United States, including The White House and The Kennedy Center. She performed professionally with The Utah Opera Company, and the dance/theatre companies of Donald Byrd, Loretta Livingston and Bella Lewitzky. From 1985 to 1989, Cynthia worked as a magician’s assistant with Robert C. Pritikin of The Mansion Hotel in San Francisco creating two permanent magic illusions.

Cynthia studied language arts in Denmark as a Rotary International Exchange Student for one year in 1978. In 1984 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, and a Masters Degree in the InterArts Program from San Francisco State University in 1991.

Since forming CPCollaborations in 1985 (CPCC) many projects have come forth: teaching and performing in Hong Kong, Spain, Morocco, Hungary, and Denmark. Works by Cynthia have been commissioned by The Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Arts Council, Theatre Ballet of San Francisco, Central California Ballet, Dance Outré, The Lawrence Pech Dance Company, The Marin Ballet, and
The Marin Dance Theatre.

CPCollaborations has received grants from The Marin Community Foundation, The Marin Arts Council, The Zellerbach Family Fund, Dance Bay Area, The National Endowment for the Arts, Dance Films Association, CITIBANK, Union Bank of California and the Carlisle Pennsylvania Project for Choreography.

Cynthia has produced and directed fashion shows for The Academy of Art, ZOZA and sixteen hair shows for Trevor Sorbie and Redken International hair products. Cynthia choreographed three educational videos for Japan TV for children to learn English through dance. She also created three national commercials for MARS Candy and Hilton Hotels.

For 16 years she taught modern dance, and dance composition at the Marin Ballet choreographing over 20 works for both the community and school. She now serves as the Community Dance Director and contemporary teacher for The Marin Dance Theatre. Cynthia directs the Let’s All Dance! program, which is funded by The Marin Community and Wells Fargo Foundations. This innovative program was launched by MDT to bring dance to the Marin public school systems. She has enjoyed teaching contemporary dance and choreographing throughout the Bay Area public and private schools for over 20 years.

CPCC has produced many outreach events including “Invitation to the Dance”, “Dance Reach”, and four “Marin County Festivals of Dance” which brought artists from all over the world to perform free dance concerts for the local community. CPCC created“FOOTAGE Dance Film Festival” as the first dance film festival in the West Coast showcasing dance films throughout the world.

Films That Dance - DVD by Cynthia Pepper

Films That Dance DVD by Cynthia Pepper

Films That Dance - DVD by Cynthia Pepper

Her award winning dance films “ZYNC”, “SandDance”, and “Parameta” have been screened worldwide at numerous film and dance festivals. They have won various awards and are internationally distributed to numerous television and educational markets. Since the summer of 2001, Cynthia has choreographed six plays for The Marin Shakespeare Company and has received a Dean Goodman Critic Circle Award for her choreography. Currently, Cynthia is a founding partner in Xanadu Entertainment, a dance film production company currently creating dance films for Sesame Street.

Films That Dance - Dance DVD by Cynthia Pepper

Films That Dance
DVD is $24.00





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