A native South-Westerner, Cissy grew up in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. You could say that she began her “show biz” career at the age
of 2 1/2 when she toddled into her first dancing class, but she didn’t
get serious until she was 3.
She began ballroom dancing early and won many local and regional
competitions. When competitive 'American Smooth Style' ballroom
dancing was transforming to 'International Style', Cissy studied with
the highly esteemed Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD,
London) and achieved their highest level. Cissy was chosen to
demonstrate the 'International Style' ballroom with the world's
authority, Alex Moore, of London. When she was fourteen, Cissy
teamed with her brother, John, to win three consecutive United
States National Championships, including The North American
International Dance Championship in New York City. That year,
Dance Magazine named John & Cissy King Ballroom Dance Couple
of the Year..
In her freshman year at The University of New Mexico, Cissy was a
competitive diver and gymnast, cheerleader and a Chaparral (UNM
dance team member). An audition for a summer job took Cissy to
Dallas to become a regular performer at Six Flags Over Texas. She
was asked back the next summer to choreograph for the live-show
department, however, while defending her national title at The Star
Ball that Thanksgiving at the Hollywood Palladium, Cissy met former
Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess, of The Lawrence Welk Show. He
immediately asked her to audition. After a guest appearance on The
Lawrence Welk Show, Cissy was welcomed into the Welk Musical
Family in 1967. That summer, Cissy was dancing with Bobby at
Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe as the Welk show’s newest performer. In her
twelve years of weekly performances on The Lawrence Welk Show,
Cissy established herself as a multi-faceted talent and has been a
favorite with the fans ever since.
Cissy received The Dance Masters of America Award for
“Outstanding Contribution to Dance”. Other recipients of this award
have been Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, and Bob Fosse. She has made
many personal guest appearances on TV variety and talk shows
including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin
Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Dick Cavett Show.
In 1978, Cissy returned to direct and choreograph live shows for all of
the Six Flags Theme Parks. She worked with them for many years.
Every show she executed at Six Flags was credited as the “favorite
ride” in the park.
She produced her own nightclub act, Cissy King & Two Fellas, and
played ‘Bonnie’ in Anything Goes. She also staged and directed
numerous live shows including the award winning West Coast
premier (Los Angeles) of Studs Terkel’s Workin’; directed University
of New Mexico’s Centennial Gala Celebration; staged and directed
the premiere of Where’s Billy? (the Kid); and was Associate
Producer/Choreographer of a music video for country singer, Kip
Callahan in 2007 .
Cissy recently played ‘Louise’ in Always…Patsy Cline for Musical
Theatre Southwest (Albuquerque, NM) and The Lawrence Welk
Theatre (Escondido, CA) where she received rave reviews. You may
catch Cissy nearly every week on the PBS Syndication of The
Lawrence Welk Television Show and, when time permits, she may
be found touring the US & Canada with the Stars of The Lawrence