Cindy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, with her profoundly deaf parents, Viv and Joe Carrico, and three feisty hearing siblings. Viv enjoyed the art of dance because she felt it was a way to “see” music. With Viv as inspiration, Cindy grew up dancing and became adept at choreography – bringing music to life. Cindy danced and choreographed her way through college at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) as the captain of a performance dance team, The Golden Girls.
She also choreographed a number of stage productions, a few of which were produced with Brad Pitt. Her experience working in theater taught her that anyone can dance – with the right choreography.
Cindy’s passion for the arts evolved into a 20-year career in broadcast television as the host/producer of promotional television shows including, American Spotlight (Financial News Network), The Consumer’s Connection (Fox Television) and a variety of corporate and independent projects. As a producer, Cindy learned how to utilize music to manipulate emotions and drive home a story. This experience proved to be a uniquely valuable skill set as a fitness choreographer.
Having moved to the Philadelphia area with older kids and a husband who traveled extensively, Cindy felt the need to mix things up. In 2010, she combined her choreography, fitness and television production expertise to produce a music based, interval fitness class, Mojo Fitness. She started with a roomful of friends in a small dance studio teaching the traditional Zumba curriculum. Seeking a more HIIT fitness-focused regimen, Cindy created Mojo Fitness. Fourteen years later, with only word of mouth advertising, Mojo has grown to an internationally recognized, award winning fitness regimen for all ages, rhythms and exercise levels.