We asked Cyndi a few questions to get to know her a little better, and here's what she had to say:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"My favorite dance gig…hmm…this is kind of hard for me to pick my one absolute favorite because I have many!!! I have one that may be surprising as it doesn't involve me actually performing or working with any particular choreographer or professional dancers. But the one that comes immediately to mind is when I taught with the ACE Program (Arts Centered Education) years ago while working towards my dance degree. We had to go and teach creative and social dance in the classrooms in the Detroit Public Schools in which they didn't have a lot of school funding for extra programs like music, art, etc. It really resonated with me because I remember how difficult it was for the teachers to control the classrooms and to keep the kids attention and focus. It was unlike anything I had experienced with children up until that point but when I taught whatever dance lesson I had planned for the day I remember how everything about the atmosphere changed and how much they absorbed and embraced the activity. It didn't matter if it was the sweetest most innocent child in the room or the toughest most closed off child in the room - they all lit up when they were able to express themselves through dance and the movement. It was in that moment that I realized that I could teach dance to anyone because it made EVERYONE feel something and gave EVERYONE the ability to express themselves, not just professional or trained dancers. It always resonated with me and that is something I have always tried to carry in my heart when I teach - that there is nothing that can be done wrong through dance as long as it is being done from the heart."
What inspires you most as an artist?
"What inspires me most as an artist is probably what inspires most artists - emotion…all types of emotion. Nature, shapes, I don't think true artists can help but be inspired by everything around them, even if it's other human beings, pieces of art, a feeling, a sound, a piece of music; we are constantly inspired because our brains and hearts cannot help but be inspired by everything we feel and see."
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"When I'm in the car, I am usually listening to a CD or playlist of whatever suits my mood. Sometimes it's all upbeat feel good music, but often it can be melancholy music because I find that when I'm in the car is when I am most likely to work through things in my head and I always need the right "soundtrack" for that to be effective!"
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
"Oh boy…lunch with any choreographer…SO MANY!!! I would choose to have a huge reception with ALL of them!! lol!! But, if I could only pick one (or a few ;) I would like to talk with some of the older greats - Jerome Robbins, Michael Kidd, Bob Fosse. Everything they did was so original and to this day is the best there is in my opinion. Choreographers today are wonderful, but I don't think we have one at the moment that can match what they did as far as originality - not yet anyway!"
What is in your dance bag?
"My dance bag contains, my laptop, a pair of ballet shoes, extra headphones, my planner, Ballet dictionary, and a few spiral notebooks - ones I've used in the past with dance phrases I've thought of and wrote down; and one I keep for current classes - oh and a highlighter - always have to have a highlighter!!"
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"I have a couple of favorite BDF moments and they are usually the same every year. I love to watch that one dancer that has had the most growth emotionally which allows them to have the most growth technically as a dancer - and I don't mean dance technique. I mean that in the way that without emotional growth we cannot grow as dancers so that's what I love to see in all of the dancers. But, probably my most favorite moment of all BDF weeks is the last combined class with Kathy and the end where all the dancers sit in a circle and share their favorite moments or the special moments they had through the week…gets me every time :)"
A little more about Cyndi:
Cyndi Buczek has been a teacher and choreographer of dance for over 30 years. She attended Wayne State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance. Cyndi has taught at many dance studios through the years. Along with being on faculty at MADPAC, she is currently Artistic Director of the Cohesion Dance Company, a pre-professional company for youth in Southeast Michigan. She began her professional dance career at the age of 16 and was a member of the Fairlane Ballet Company where she had the opportunity to perform in classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote just to name a few. She has performed and toured with various dance companies in Michigan and was the lead in several productions. She continues to teach master classes and workshops throughout the Detroit area, which most recently includes the Brighton Dance Festival. She is a certified Zumba instructor as well. Cyndi has choreographed for many theatre productions throughout the years and has received recognition for her work including the 1995 Copperfoot Award from Wayne State University. Her choreography has won many Top Teacher awards as well as overalls in both the regional and national levels of competition. Cyndi finds joy in teaching students of all ages and levels and sharing her love of dance with them.