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 at ATNYC, a three-year, 1600-hour, AmSAT-certified, Alexander Technique teacher-training course in New York City, and completed John Nicholls' post-graduate and advanced post-graduate refresher courses. She was an assistant teacher on the John Nicholls Alexander Training course and for John Nicholls' 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. 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 the program can be read here. Cindi also completed Tara Brach's certificate program "RAIN: Clinical Applications of Self-Compassion."
Cindi’s movement training includes Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Kinesthetic Anatomy with Irene Dowd, choreography with Ann Vachon and Hellmut Gottschild, and Korean Zen Dance with Eun-jin Hwang. She is certified in Gyrotonic 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 Gyrotonic 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 explored various mediums of creating. Her poetry appeared in the Penn Review and was commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Her choreography was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, College of Wooster, and Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia for the American Museum of Art. 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 Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archives as part of the Dance On Camera Film Festival.