Cindi first took lessons in the Alexander Technique as a dance student and then again decades later after having developed multiple repetitive stress injuries, bilateral thoracic outlet syndrome, and two consecutive frozen shoulders (with the beginnings of a third). Despite having tried various courses of rigorous therapy, Alexander Technique turned out to be the most helpful in finally ending her cycles of strain and injury.
Cindi trained with John Nicholls in a three-year, 1600-hour, AmSAT-certified, Alexander Technique teacher-training course in New York City and completed his post-graduate refresher courses from 2014 through 2018. She was an assistant teacher on the John Nicholls Alexander Training course from 2014-2016 and for his 2014 and 2016 Alexander workshops for Linklater teachers. Cindi continues post-graduate studies with John Nicholls.
Cindi received her B.A. in 18th Century British Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Temple University, and J.D. from New York Law School. In 2015, Cindi completed a year-long certificate program in Compassion-based Psychotherapy and Social Transformation at the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science (formerly known as the Center for Meditation and Healing at the Columbia University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and later part of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York City). More about it can be read here. In 2017, Cindi completed Tara Brach's certificate program "RAIN: Clinical Applications of Self-Compassion."
Cindi’s movement training includes studies in choreography and dance theater with Ann Vachon and Hellmut Gottschild, Korean Zen Dance, Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Kinesthetic Anatomy with Irene Dowd, and Balboa. She is certified in Gyrotonics and in Pilates (having trained under Marie-Jose Blom with special focus on injury prevention and conditioning for dancers). Cindi has taught both Pilates and Gyrotonics in Los Angeles and New York City. She has also assisted in the Alexander Technique Evening Division course at Juilliard.
In addition to movement training, Cindi has enjoyed exploring multiple mediums of creating. Her poetry has appeared in the Penn Review and was commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the College of Wooster. Cindi has been a teaching assistant in film editing at The New School. She was awarded the Magno Sound Film Award for an experimental martial arts film short which screened at a number of local and international short film festivals and at Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archives as part of the Dance On Camera Film Festival. (More on Cindi's film and dance experience can be seen here.)
Cindi currently maintains a private Alexander Technique practice in the Flatiron area of New York City.