Cindy’s School of Dance Glides through the Decades
39 years ago, Cindy Brenna opened Cindy’s School of Dance in Allen. Over the years, due to growth, she has changed locations, all of which have been in Allen. Her current location, 107C N. Greenville Ave. is 6,000 square feet and houses four dance studios showcasing sprung hardwood floors and one-way mirrored observation booths.
Brenna grew up in Fairview and danced at Joan Martin’s School of Dance. When Brenna was 20 years old, her mother suggested that she open a dance studio, and she did. The first year she opened her school, it was held in a day care center. One of her first students, who enrolled when she was three years old, became a dance teacher at Cindy’s School of Dance for 28 years. Brenna reports that the majority of her teachers today were previous students. She said, “Most of the staff grew up taking dance here. They are loyal and supportive. We are like a family.”
Brenna has noticed many changes to the industry over the last 39 years. She remembers carrying around cases of albums of music. Now she said, “You just play your music on your phone.” The first time she saw hip hop, she thought it would be a passing fad. Today it is one of her most popular classes. She also points out how easy it is today to video a dancer in order to explain what form needs to be honed. She has noticed over the years an increase in both parents working. She said, “One thing that hasn’t changed, parents sacrifice for their children.” She mentioned that today, younger children need to be entertained more in class, thus they have incorporated a lot of props and storytelling. She said costume options have increased remarkably. Her first class boasted 23 dancers, this year she expects to have approximately 400 dancers enrolled.
At Cindy’s School of Dance, they teach dancers ages 2 – 18. Dancers up through the age of six are encouraged to take combo classes which include ballet, tap and jazz. Older dancers enroll in whichever dance style interests them. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and drill team prep are taught at Cindy’s School of Dance.
In 1991, Cindy’s School of Dance formed CSOD Company which is a competitive dance company. The groups compete four to five times a year.
Dancers from Cindy’s School of Dance perform in the Allen Christmas Parade, an Allen High School basketball game half-time show and at an Allen Americans Hockey game. All dancers, recreational and competitive, perform in an annual recital held the first weekend in June.
Brenna said that dancers at Cindy’s School of Dance will gain confidence, poise, independence, the ability to cooperate, love and acceptance. She said, “Kids love movement and music. We give them that.” She feels what sets them apart from some dance schools is the fact that they have been here for 39 years and are here to stay.
An indicator of success for Brenna is the fact that in one week alone, she had four former students walk through her door. Each former student was holding the hand of their three year old daughter. They all said they knew when they had little girls that their little girls had to dance at Cindy’s.
The cost of monthly tuition for a 45 minute class is $65 per month (which includes an average of four classes per month). For more information please go to http://www.cindysschoolofdance.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-727-1722.