no formal dance training as a child, Cianne’s first foray into structured
dancing was in 1977 when, for exercise, she took a class in Hawaiian
and Tahitian dancing. Blessed with a natural sense of rhythm and a
passion for percussion, within a few months she was performing both
traditional Hula and those swivel-hipped, tassels-flying Tahitian
dances with the LeiLani Kaliki Polynesian Dance Team, which she did
for two years until her teacher moved back to Hawaii.
In 1980 Cianne let some friends from work convince her to join
them on an outing to the very popular Funny Farm Saloon on a Friday
night. She watched in awe as dancers Two-Stepped and Ten-Stepped
and Waltzed, all moving together in perfect time with the music…
and she was hooked! Upon learning that there were free dance lessons
at Wild Bill’s Saloon, she began taking classes there. She picked
up the dances quickly and won a Beginning level 2-Step competition
when she had only been dancing for two weeks.
other students soon began to ask for her help during the classes,
and she discovered she had a gift for teaching, and very soon was
asked to co-teach at that club. Five months later the Funny Farm
Saloon offered her a job teaching for them, and the rest is history.
She taught there three nights a week for 7 years, and quickly became
Bakersfield’s premier C/W dance instructor, teaching at dance conventions
and judging competitions all over California and Nevada, and eventually
choreographing and directing the Funny Farm Saloon Dancers performing
the mid-80s Cianne directed her focus toward West Coast Swing and
founded the Bakersfield Boppers Swing Dance Club and the Bakersfield
Boppers Performing Team to promo this exciting dance style. At that
time she also began her association with Skippy Blair and the Golden
State Dance Teachers Association, and spent many years driving to
LA every week to continue learning her craft. With the musical shift
to Big Band in the mid-90s, Cianne enthusiastically jumped into
Retro, East Coast, Lindy Swing and Charleston, eventually choreographing
exciting routines for her Bakersfield Boppers Lindy Hoppers performing
team of young people from 13-22 years of age.
After that, the next four years were spent in a hot love affair
with Latin dancing, including Salsa, Cha-Cha, Cumbia and Merengue
which she taught at Rockin' Rodeo's Metropolis Lounge, as well as
various dance studios in town. For the last few years Cianne has
been having a fling with Foxtrot, happily and nostalgically dancing
to the songs her father used to sing to her when she was a little
girl. Hard pressed to pick a favorite, she loves all forms of dance
and enthusiastically encourages everyone she meets to "give
it a whirl".
until June 2005, Cianne choreographed and directed a performing
team of intermediate and advanced level students who ranged in age
from 17 to 60 and performed for the Marketplace Summer Concerts,
Relay for Life and many other charity events. Due to time constraints
(and the difficulty finding and keeping male partners), the team
(called 'Music in Our Soles') disbanded, but the dancers all remain
close-knit in our little dance community and look back fondly at
their time on the performing team.
Widely respected for her ability to teach solid social dance basics,
Cianne specializes in leading & following techniques and diagnostic
skills, and is quickly able to spot a dancer’s problem areas and
suggest a change in technique, often resulting in immediate improvement.
her 35 years of experience teaching dancing, Cianne's love for people
and for dance has always shined through in all her classes, reflected
in her fun-loving approach to teaching and her emphasis on technique.
If you’ve wanted to learn to dance or to improve your current dance
techniques, Cianne is the instructor to call!