The Dancer and Educator
The Singer and Actress
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 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.
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. 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.
During Cydney's time at VCU she earned Dean's List honors. Cydney has also had the honor of being selected to dance in several faculty pieces at VCU. With immense gratitude, 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. Cydney further her leadership skills by assisting in producing and choreographing the Miss Black and Gold pageant 2-years consecutively while at VCU. Cydney was also a mentor to the contestants offering insights on interviewing strategies and polishing talent.
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 selected to participate in VCU LEAD, a distinguished leadership-focused Living-Learning Program for undergraduate students where she received a Certificate of Leadership Studies. Cydney received a top honors award by graduating from VCU Lead 189 community service hours. Cydney was a mentor at the Fairfield Court Elementary School through the Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond. For 3 consecutive summers, while in college, Cydney continued to hone her leadership skills as a chaperone and mentor at the Dance Theatre of Harlem summer intensive in New York City.
Recognizing the individual strengths and aesthetics that exist in each student is central to my teaching philosophy. I believe in assisting each student in being the best version of their self in the classroom. At the end of the day they are their own teachers. Every individual has control over their own body and how hard they choose to work in this craft but it is also my job to help assist with turning weaknesses into strengths. My role is also to hone in on the influence that students may have on others, and to push them to be their own individual artists and educators/leaders in their own right.
Teaching dance to me means being able to instill in my students the value of self expression and using personal experiences as motivators in the classroom or on stage. Dance is not only a conversation but it is a form of storytelling. What we do in dance is unforeseeable at times and I like to encourage my students to approach classroom material with full intentions and conviction. I also love to stress the importance of taking risks because the moment we refrain from stepping out of our bubble is the moment we prohibit ourselves from growth. You will see all these ideas reflect in my choreographic work.
I want my students to understand that it is okay to dance your truth. It is okay to be vulnerable in a space that is made for you to experiment and find what you need to grow as a dancer. My movement aesthetic incorporates the release of emotions, and pulls from personal experiences to get a story/theme across to the audience. When I am choreographing, I am always thinking about how the audience will perceive my work. I love to see their reactions from my work and how it gets their minds thinking. My work is most successful when the audience can establish a connection to the meaning behind it.
Helping to keep the community clean at Fan-Oregon Hill-Carver, Richmond, VA.
Proud to be part of another organization rooted in volunteering
Music: Black Man Singing in Echo Mountain by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Laurelyn Dossett, edited by
Voiceover: Cydney Taylor Hill
Lighting Designer: Margaretta Daughtrey
Choreographer: Cydney Taylor Hill
Dancers: Jordan Caberra, Sydnye Gee, Erica Glover, McKenzie Page (U), Taylor Peters, Jelani Taylor,
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. Cydney's 6 dancers will manifest expressive movements derived from the haunting feelings of dejection, anger, disappointment, and isolation as they channel their own personal experiences of parental support to make this piece powerful and thought-provoking.
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
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
Cydney Hill, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts 2017 Summer Musical Theatre
Cydney performing spoken word and dance in Senior, Tay Diggs Senior Capstone piece, VCU Arts | Virginia Commonwealth University Spring, 2018. Choreographer: Tay Diggs, Spoken Word: Cydney Hill
Cydney was honored to open the "Bustier Brunch" Celebration for breast cancer survivors at the Historic Howard Theatre with this inspirational solo in front of breast cancer survivors, dignitaries, government official, celebrities and a sold out theatre. That year's Keynote Speaker: Ms. Lynn Whitfield. Mistress of Ceremonies: Fox 5 News Anchor Shawn Yancy, and Radio Personality Triscina Grey, WHUR 96.3. Choreographed by Paula Brown | Music: Whitney Houston
Cydney Hill, Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen 2014 Speech at the Howard Theatre talking about her platform she developed, Why Not a BSE, Breast Self Exam, www.whynotabse.com and her mom's journey with battling breast cancer 3 times.
BSE Interview with Dr. Bridget Oppong, Breast Surgeon Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Georgetown University Hospital
Breast Cancer Awareness Every Month PSA Written, Directed and Produced by Cydney Hill. Cydney developed a series of PSA to bring awareness to the importance of breast self exams to fight breast cancer by early detection. These PSA earned Cydney the Disney Scholarship which supports artists who also want to pursue a career behind the camera valued at $22,000.
Cydney Hill, She Moves Free Dance and Healthy Lifestyles Empowerment Workshop presented at Howard University, Washington, DC. Cydney taught kids in the inner city of Washington, DC the power of dance and the importance of Healthy Lifestyle Choices. Cydney, a young educator.
She Moves (a subsidiary of Savy Girls a girls mentoring organization) and Cydney produced a Free Dance and Healthy Lifestyles Empowerment Workshop at Howard University, Lulu Ver’s Childer’s Hall Dance Studio. Cydney had the opportunity to host an empowering dance and lifestyles workshop with 2 of her classmates, Tabitha and Robert ( Duke Ellington School of the Arts Seniors Class of 2015). They taught kids basic ballet and hip hop. Then they choreographed 2 pieces with kids. Educators!
The little ones always remind Cydney of the importance of "Service." Cydney had the honor of reading her signed copy of Misty Copeland's book "Firebird" to the cutest attentive little preschoolers at the DC Prep, Benning Elementary Campus. Then they did a dance movement session that the kids really enjoyed. Cydney even had one little guy (Ayden) come and dance right next to her.
Our new Mayor threw all of the kids of the City a fun party at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center Saturday in S.E. Washington, DC. It was a fun filled day. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Natalie Williams were all there. Guess who else was there? Dr. Bear's Buddy from Children's National Hospital, one of my volunteer initiatives and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Cydney has been organizing toy drives for her birthday to benefit Dr. Bear's Closet since she was 9-years old. Cydney says, "It's such an honor to do my part to help bring a little joy to the sick children at the hospital. It's ironic that I'm now part of the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization that partners with Children's National Hospitals." Philanthropic work has always been part of Cydney's life. Cydney believes that everyone should have a heart for service.