VDA PARTNER PROFILE #93
Cydney Spohn (M.A.) is an educator, freelance artist, and consultant for dancers and organizations. After a twenty-year tenure as a professor of dance at The University of Akron where she mentored and advised students with diverse backgrounds and interests, Cydney founded Solutions In Motion to help dancers of all ages take their next steps and prepare high school students for college readiness, acceptance, and career success. Cydney danced professionally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and as a soloist with The Pennsylvania Ballet. Her repertoire included lead roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Serenade, Agon, Square Dance, and La Sonnambula, along with works by Joe Goode, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. As a recipient of an Emerging Choreographer Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and two Princess Grace Foundation-USA awards, Cydney has been recognized for her creative and performing career on national levels. A high school graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Cydney later earned both a B.S. in Economics (graduating summa cum laude) and a M.A. in Education from The University of Akron. Service contributions include seats on the board of directors of CORPS de Ballet International and the board of advisors of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. Her research has been presented at professional conferences and published in the scholarly journals Research in Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review.