Blondell Cummings is a dancer and choreographer, perhaps best known for her solo works. She first encountered dance in public school and later studied with modern dancers Martha Graham and Jose Limon. In 1969 she joined Meredith Monk/The House and was celebrated for her virtuostic ability to project character through gestures and sounds, most notably as the Dictator in Monk's QUARRY (1976). In 1978 Cummings formed the Cycle Arts Foundation, a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural arts collaborative that focuses on a wide variety of contemporary issues that unite the artist and audience around the human condition and community building. Cummings produced many dances through this foundation, as well as several solos that showcased her powerful presence.