Cindy Schwartz

Cindy Schwartz is born in Montreal. She worked with numerous dance organizations, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Les Ballets Russes de Montréal, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Isadora Duncan International Institute in New York and Louise Lapierre Danse. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from McGill University and has been teaching dance since 1990 to students with and without disabilities. She is the Director of The Muses: Performing arts centre : ''While teaching recreational and after school programs in dance, I recognized that some participants with disabilities had talent in the performing arts. As these people were not integrated or had difficulty integrating into traditional academic programs, they lacked access to opportunities to study and become professional artists. In 2001, I was inspired to create The Muses, a full-time professional program where adults with disabilities are trained by professional artists to integrate into mainstream theatre, dance companies, or work with professional singers, filmmakers and on television''.