Cydney Hill is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the School of VCUArts. She majored in Dance and Choreography with television/ film acting, vocal and print modeling aspirations. Cydney began her dance training at the age of four at the Jones Haywood School of Dance. The school is a Washington, DC, landmark and a popular stop on the city’s African-American Heritage Trail. As a young dancer, Cydney was selected to train with the Dance Theater of Harlem Pre-professional Residency Program in Washington DC. Cydney continued her training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, where she was a dance major, honors student, the winner of the community service award (graduating with 1225 hours served), and a member of the National Honor Society. In June 2014, Cydney was crowned Miss District of Columbia’s Outstanding Teen and competed for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen alongside 53 State Titleholders. In 2016, Cydney studied Musical Theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
During Cydney's time at VCU she earned Dean's List honors. Cydney was humbled to receive a VCU 4-year dance scholarship. In addition, Cydney is the recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship provided by Bill and Melinda Gates. Cydney was Ms. 1906, 2016 in Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and assisted in producing and choreographing the Miss Black and Gold pageant 2-years consecutively. Cydney stayed active at VCU by participating in RAM CAMP, a weeklong leadership experience on-campus where new Rams are mentored by upperclassman. Cydney was also selected to participate in VCU LEAD, a distinguished leadership-focused Living-Learning Program for undergraduate students where she received a Certificate of Leadership Studies with community service honors. Cydney completed choreographing her capstone senior thesis, Affirmations of the Heart. Affirmations of the Heart was presented April 18-20, 2019 at the Grace Street Theatre.
As a philanthropist, Cydney has been donating her time and efforts to her community since she was a little girl supporting organizations like Dr. Bear's Buddy"s Closet at Children's Hospital. As Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen, because she was the teenage caregiver to her mom, while she battled breast cancer 3 times, Cydney created WhyNotABSE.com an informational website about the importance of Breast Self Exams. Cydney was also a mentor at the Fairfield Court Elementary School through the Peter Paul Development Center here in Richmond. Cydney has continued to hone her leadership skills as a chaperone and mentor at the Dance Theatre of Harlem summer intensive in New York City for the past 3 summers.
As an artist, Cydney has PSA"s, Ballet Theatre, Online TV, Documentary and Music Videos to her credit. As a dancer, Cydney has performed with 4 major ballet companies at the Kennedy Center, Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet West. Cydney has trained/studied or taken master classes with renowned artist such as Renee Robinson, Hinton Battle, Arthur Mitchell, Sandra Fortune Green, Misty Copeland, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Ronald K. Brown, Kendra Portier, and Casey Noblett.
TELEVISION + FILM + VIDEO
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts | Musical Theatre Summer Intensive | New York, NY
The Studio Theatre | Young Actors Ensemble | Washington, DC
The Studio Theatre | Musical Theatre | Washington, DC
The Cheryl Felicia Rhoads Northern Virginia Acting School | Young Actors | Fairfax, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University: Richmond, VA | Dance Styles: Ballet, Modern
Duke Ellington School of the Arts: Washington, DC | Dance Styles: Ballet, Pointe, Modern (Horton), African
Jones Haywood School of Dance: Washington, DC | Dance Styles: Ballet, Pointe, Modern (Horton), Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, African
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, NY | Acting, Musical Theatre
The Studio Theatre Youth Acting Ensemble: Washington, DC | Acting, Musical Theatre | Vocal
David Daughtry: Los Angeles, CA | Voice Instructor:: David Daughtry
Annisse Murillo: Greenbelt, MD
World-renowned dancers and choreographers Renee Robinson, Hinton Battle, Arthur Mitchell, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Ronald K. Brown, Kendra Portier, Casey Noblett, Leah Cox, Victor Smalley and Angel Armas.
It can be very difficult for a girl to grow up and mature into womanhood without the nurturing presence and consistency of a father in her life. In this piece, Cydney explores the psychological and emotional effects of a father’s absence from the household. The journey of pain and forgiveness are realized and emoted subsequently, by Cydney addressing the actions of a custodial mother's persistence to fill the void, never belittling the absent father but encouraging the relationship.
Get Me Out was choreographed by Cydney Hill for her junior year project in the Dance and Choreography Department at VCU. The concept of this piece was inspired by the movie Saw featuring dancers trying to escape an unknown room.
Choreographer: Cydney Hill, VCU Junior Spring 2018 | Lighting: Michael Jarett |
Dancers: Sara Adams, Danielle Simmons, Will King and Janae Witcher
Cydney Hill, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts 2017 Summer Musical Theatre
A Mother's Will to Live was choreographed by Cydney Hill when she was 16. This piece tells the story of what Cydney's mother went through as a 3x Breast Cancer Survivor. The piece was highlighted in her Senior Dance Project at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. This piece won first place in the dance category at the Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt 2015. This signature piece also earned Cydney a $14,000 dance scholarship to attend VCU. Music: Gravity by Sara Bareilles
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