Portrait of Creuse
Portrait of Creuse

Cindy Vareillaud

Dancer, author and storyteller

Cindy Vareillaud, a psycho-pedagogue and state-certified dance teacher, left the Paris region in the summer of 2019 to move to Creuse and make a professional move. “Art therapy is a method aimed at using a person’s potential for artistic expression and creativity for personal development purposes.” Often applied in medical institutions, Cindy takes this methodology out of the medical environment and offers it to the general public by combining it with an innovative contemporary dance pedagogy accessible to all throughout life.


"I like to tell stories. - I love wonder. - I love my Berry-March country."

She likes
  • Stories
  • Wonderment
  • His "country

Can you tell us what defines your philosophy of life?

I make every minute of life a treasure and I simply welcome, with open arms and a smile on my face, everything that makes you come alive.”

How did you get to Creuse?

“I am a Berry-Marchoise by birth, by roots and by heart. I came to write tales of my “country” with the idea of telling them because I want to give to see all the beauty of this country, because I love its oral tradition and because I believe that there is in the legends and folklore, something that anchors humanity in this world, and that fascinates me. I arrived here, “recipient of this message”, by the magic of the encounters that life puts on our path and thanks to the confidence of Pierre Veysseix, Director of the sites .”

Can you give us some details about your approach to your job, your contact with the public?

To be a storyteller consists for me in highlighting the life that animates a place. It is to give the opportunity to cultivate our childish soul, to illuminate a face with a smile, to make looks sparkle. To be an author of tales and legends is, for me, to cultivate the art of knowing how to tell our story in a different light, it is to find the freedom to be part of this History.

What I love most about storytelling is to see those who think they are indifferent, those who think their disillusionment will outweigh the magic of a story, get caught up in it. It’s to see everyone’s eyes, young and old, light up at the touch of words and glimpse doubt creeping in, like a nugget opening the mind to a whole new interpretation of the story; to read on the faces the moment when anything becomes possible.”