End of an era for Cynthia

Cynthia Maxey
Cynthia Maxey

WELL-known local dance teacher Cynthia Maxey retires this month after a career spanning 35 years.

In that time, Cynthia has taught hundreds of people - both young and old - how to dance in a number of disciplines. She has successfully taught students who have gone on to enjoy their own professional dancing career.

Cynthia, who lives in Wisbech, started dancing at the age of eight.

“I quickly got hooked and then at 16 I went on to a professional college for three-and-a-half years,” said Cynthia, who trained at the Grandison College in Croydon, which has since closed.

Her professional dance career has seen her perform at many venues and with top performers of the time including the Barron Knights, singer Matt Munro and comedy actors Tommy Trinder and Jimmy Jewel.

She has enjoyed taking part in summer seasons, cabaret and pantomime with these top artistes.

Cynthia is qualified to teach a wide range of dance - ballet, tap, ballroom, Greek, modern and jazz.

She has choreographed many local stage shows for groups including Wisbech Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society and at Wisbech’s Angles Theatre, where she has held her Cynthia Maxey School of Dance classes for the past 26 years.

Cynthia launched her successful teaching career when her daughter, Anne Marie, was a youngster.

“When my daughter was three I wanted her to start to dance and I opened up a school and started teaching,” said Cynthia.

Her first venue was at Long Sutton and then she later moved to the Angles Theatre but kept the Long Sutton classes going until around five years ago.

Speaking of her decision to retire, Cynthia said: “I have had 35 years of dedication to the schools. I feel that 35 years is enough for anyone. I am at the time of my life when I feel someone younger should take over. I can still dance I just feel I would like to do something else with my life,”

Cynthia was also involved with the Isle College performing arts course for around seven years.

She has been teaching Monday to Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings at her dance school and is proud past students have gone on to dance in shows on cruises, at venues abroad and one past student is also part of a contemporary dance company in Wales.

Before she retires, Cynthia has the school’s annual show to produce in which over 100 students aged from four upwards will be taking to the stage at the Angles from July 9 to 14 with the final performance in the evening.

The school will carry on and has been sold to 23 year-old Katy Lilley who plans to continue the name.