artist profiles

cindy brandle (artistic director)

Cindy Brandle is the Artistic Director of the Cindy Brandle Dance Company. CBDC incorporated in 2004, became a non-profit officially in 2005 in Chicago, and is now a Boulder, C0-based company.  Cindy danced for ten years with the Chicago Moving Company and served as Co-Artistic Director with founder Nana Shineflug for five of those years.  She  has been awarded two scholarships from the Dance Center of Columbia College as both a performer and choreographer. In 1999 and 2006 Cindy received fellowships for choreography from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has been presented at Dance Chicago, The Storefront Theatre, Harold Washington Library, The Dance Center of Columbia College, throughout Illinois, the Midwest and internationally in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil. In November of 2001, Cindy’s dance “Duplicate” was presented in the XXII INBA/UAM Choreographic Festival in Mexico City. Her dances were produced in some of Chicago's most exciting, experimental and exhilarating dance festivals, such as Chicago's NEXT Dance Festival, Estrogen Fest, Spectrum Dance Festival and The Other Dance Festival.   Since relocating to Boulder, Brandle's work has been produced at the University of Colorado, Boulder department of Dance, The Denver Independent Choreographer's Project and twice in the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Cindy lives with her beautiful family, Ashay and Akasha.  Brandle is also a singer/songwriter.

nicole zozulia
(dancer, artistic collaborator)

Originally from Naperville, IL, Nicole moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa. In May 2015, she received her BFA in Dance, minor in Exercise Science, and a 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga. During her time at the university, she worked with choreographers Maurice Watson, Paula Lamamié De Clairac, Eloy Barragan, Alan Sener, Jennifer Muller, Charlotte Adams, George de la Pena, Ester Baker-Tarpaga, Lisa Gonzales, and Armando Duarte. She spent her college summers throughout Chicago and New York dancing at intensives and workshops via Thodos, Lehrer, River North, Keigwin and Company, Paul Taylor and American Dance Festival. After college Nicole began her career with New Territory and Mercury Dance Companies, and is now on her second season with CBDC. Additionally, she works as a massage therapist and yoga instructor.

bridget heddens (dancer, artistic collaborator)

Bridget grew up in Iowa which led her to Iowa City to attend college at the University of Iowa.  In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation.  While at the University, Bridget worked with choreographers Armando Duarte, Maurice Watson, Jennifer Kayle, Nicholas Leichter, and Melinda Myers.  She had the pleasure of being a member of Dancers in Company while at the University under the direction of Charlotte Adams. Through learning the therapeutic value of creative expression and movement during school, Bridget moved to Boulder, CO in hopes to meld her two areas of study together. She is currently working at a non-profit called, Out & About where she facilitates dance, art, and other activities to people with developmental disabilities.  She is excited to begin her performance career with the Cindy Brandle Dance Company.

arianna stout (dancer, artistic collaborator)

As a small child regularly witnessing Hopi Kachina ceremonies, Arianna was mesmerized by the
rhythmic footwork of moccasins and bare feet on earth. In subsequent childhood years, she studied ballet and jazz, although she truly discovered her passion when dancing barefoot to live drumming for the first time. Modern dance became the thread of her youth and her major in college, accompanied by kinesiological studies. Arianna's love of movement informed her Pilates
and Massage Therapy certifications; she has practiced both modalities throughout the states and Europe. Arianna danced as a guest artist with CBDC in March 2017, and she is thrilled to participate as a company member this season. Beyond dancing and teaching, this mother of two spirited boys can be found backpacking, expedition canoeing/kayaking, and doing photography on various wilderness adventures with her family.

madison plummer (dancer, artistic collaborator, videographer)
Originally from Hanover, Massachusetts, Madison attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where she studied studio art and served as class president. She was a goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team for the first portion of her college career. Eventually she found circus partner acrobatics and hand balancing and spent her college summers training circus arts in Boston. While at Skidmore, Madison took her first dance class and realized she had a passion for the art form. She was fortunate to have an extremely supportive and encouraging dance department to help foster her growth. Madison graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Studio Art with a concentration in Digital Media and minors in Dance and Media & Film Studies. In addition to performance she combines these passions to produce dance films. Madison is very excited to begin her dance career with the Cindy Brandle Dance Company.  

jessica riggs (dancer, artistic collaborator)
Jessica Riggs is a Colorado Native hailing from Golden, Colorado. She possesses Bachelor’s degrees in both Dance and Dietetics from Colorado State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Jessica is a Registered Dietitian and holds a personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. She also teaches dance classes at the Lakewood Cultural Center. In 2009, Jessica founded Life/Art Dance Ensemble, a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit dance company that focuses on artistic collaboration and making the arts more accessible to the community. Jessica's choreography and performance has also been featured in Ascential Dance Theatre's Assemblage, Transition Theater's Kali Creates Fate, GAMMA-UT's New Music Festival at the University of Texas, the Dairy Arts Center’s Women in Classical Music Soundscape concert, and in Prague at the American Music Festival in collaboration with Stratus Chamber Orchestra. Jessica is excited to be dancing with Cindy Brandle Dance Company!

victoria stone (dancer, artistic collaborator)
Growing up dancing in the foothills of Colorado, Victoria followed her aspiration of dance to Grand Junction and received her BFA in Dance at Colorado Mesa University. Before graduating, she had the pleasure to work with many in resident and visiting guest choreographers such as Jessica Taylor, Melonie Buchanan Murray, Megan Glynn Zollinger, Meredith Lyons, Tracey Bonner, Courtney Jones, Dante Lara, Donald Laney, Rachelle Rak, Mike Esparanza and Ann Sanders. She is currently working as a barista by day at the Chocolate Therapist in Littleton and by night, as a creative director for freelance projects. In addition to dance, Victoria is studying American Sign Language, Italian, as well as following her delight of studio art. After visiting and dancing in Italy with the company Damage Dance, the fervor of travel inspired new and different goals, she firmly believes that no one should ever stop learning so she listens to the art and follows where it leads. Victoria is ecstatic to be a part of her first company and looks forward to her first season with Cindy Brandle Dance Company.