Profiles

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.




tara oldfield (dancer, artistic collaborator, fundraising director)
Falling in love with Ballet after watching Coppelia on PBS, Tara begged her mother for the chance to take dance classes. At the age of seven, Tara's mom registered her for a ballet class taught by former Ballet West dancer (Taggart West), and from that moment on Tara had the dancing fever. She went on to study with skilled teachers at Ballet West Conservatory and the Virginia School of the Arts. Ballet technique remained her focus until she received a scholarship from the University of Utah's Modern Dance department. While at the University of Utah, Tara apprenticed with Repertory Dance Theatre, dancing in Doris Humphrey's “My Red Fires”. After injuring herself during her sophomore year of college, Tara decided to change her focus from dance performance and choreography to sociology. Moving to the Front Range area , Tara started performing again. She has worked with Angie Simmons and Amy Shelley through Evolving Doors Dance for the past four years, and  now in her third season with CBDC.


gretchen laborwit (dancer, artistic collaborator)

Gretchen LaBorwit is a transplant from Maryland, where her love of dance began. From the age of 7 to 17 she studied at Towson University Children's Dance Division, and performed with the auditioned Troupe companies. After high school she went on to achieve a BA in Dance from Point Park University. Following college she danced professionally with Knot Dance and as an apprentice with the Pillow Project in Pittsburgh. After moving to CO, she has had the pleasure to perform as well as tour with Evolving Doors Dance for 3 seasons. She is extremely thrilled to be working and collaborating with Cindy Brandle Dance Company for her second season and to create another wonderful performance.  She will be starting in fall 2017 at CU Boulder for her Masters in Dance. Gretchen loves living in Boulder with her 
fiancé Scott and their happy pup Kesey, going to see live music,     hiking, and creating art.




ali weeks (dancer, artistic collaborator) 

Ali grew up dancing and dreaming in the Chicago suburbs. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in dance and an additional major in psychology. While at UW-Madison, Ali earned scholarships to study and perform in Taipei, Taiwan, and Salvador, Brazil. After graduation, Ali moved to San Francisco where she earned her BASI and PMA Pilates certifications. There, she had the pleasure of dancing with Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Kinetech, Kristin Damrow & Company, ka.nei.see | Collective, and Bianca Cabrera’s Blind Tiger Society, and was lucky enough to study under Kathleen Hermsdorf, Katie Faulkner, Christine Cali, Rachael Lincoln, Lizz Roman, Bandaloop company members, and more. She recently relocated to Denver, Colorado, where she is pursuing her writing career and various outdoor adventures. She is thrilled to be dancing her first season with CBDC.




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. Since graduating college, Nicole became a licensed massage therapist in the state of Iowa. In addition to massage school, she has taught dance and yoga at multiple locations in Iowa City, IA and Coralville, IA; and was member of New Territory Dance Company directed by Analia Alegre-Femenias Weber. Now, a new resident of Colorado, Nicole is excited to continue her dance career with Mercury Dance Company and Cindy Brandle Dance Company and plans to continue her career in Massage and Yoga.



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.

 
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