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Dancers Do Business is an online course where I share my habits of success, my unique ways of working, and all my business secrets with you.
It’s a step by step program to teach dancers how to develop a stronger business mindset and find financial support for their projects.
Time to raise your game and move forwards with your career?
Is dance more than a hobby for you?
Time to fly high and make your dreams a reality?
Then this course is for YOU!
1000 Pieces Puzzle is back!
My flagship program, a professional development platform for dancers and choreographers, is coming back in 2019!
**INFO on the previous editions – click here
BELGIUM and PORTUGAL, here we come!
Calling all dancers from the Hiphop, Dancehall, Afrobeats, House and Krump communities to apply!!
The program offers dance theatre workshops with incredible theatre directors and renown choreographers, as well as management sessions.
15 Belgian dancers and 15 Portugese dancers will have have the opportunity to collaborate together.
You must send in your application before mid January, and the project is happening in March-April 2019.
Belgian dancers – click here to apply
Belgian dancers must commit to a 6 week-end transformational program (from 15 March until 27 April).
In addition to a week intensive in Portugal (16 April – 22 April)
Portugese dancers – click here to apply
The week intensive in Portugal is will take place in Torres Veda 16 April – 22 April
Deadline to apply: 15th JANUARY 2019
I must give a huge shout out to Zinnema, my partner in crime and the most innovative arts centre, who has been supporting this project since 2015!! We are also very excited to collaborate this year with Perform Act in Portugal.
Groundwork is a one week professional development program for dancers and choreographers.
If you have a background in Hiphop, Dancehall, Krumping, Afrobeats, or House, and you want to learn /improve your skills in the dance theatre sector, this program is for you.
I am excited to be one of the guest teachers on the program, but a whole line up is awaiting for you!
It is a residential program, in other words, you will stay, sleep, eat and create all week in Destelheide, an amazing arts centre.
We are opening up a few spots for international artists.
Belgian dancers: applications are closed.
Internationals: apply ASAP or before 28th SEPT.
If you get selected, it only costs 120€ to do the program! (And yes that includes accommodation and food 3 meals / day).
Applicants from outside of Belgium, you will just have to travel to Brussels by your own means. The rest is taken care of by the organisation.
Full info & applications: https://www.facebook.com/events/2123397871313843/
You can also contact the organisers directly: TIMISS
May you all have the confidence, trust & power, to make YOUR leap of faith
I’ll share my story cause some of you are going through something similar
I was a dance teacher for +/- 20 years (I started young). While I liked teaching, and while I was good at it, my heart kept saying that my true path was elsewhere
During the last few years, I kept teaching dance in the hope that some day – one day, the big creative vision will come true and I’ll be able to – finally – follow my true purpose & STOP teaching
Yes I liked it. Every class. But I knew it wasn’t my calling, it was not the WHY I was on earth for
Yes I was good at it but I’m good at many things. And I learned that being good at something doesn’t mean you should do it
Jan 2018: I was living in HOPE, hope for a life change and a business REFOCUS
Dance Theatre, Dance Storytelling, creating shows, and teaching THIS to students: that’s what makes my heart beat, and that’s what I wanted to do full time – not half the time
May 2018: I stopped teaching dance, only taught a tiny bit since
In the words of Lisa Nichols – my vision went from OPTIONAL to NON NEGOTIABLE
I had no back up plan though
While it felt liberating, it came with financial pressure
Big part of my business was based on it. But it felt RIGHT
I trusted SOMETHING would come up in my energetic field
I was literally telling the Universe / God / my Guardian Angels / Green Tara: I am READY, tell me, what’s next
Two months of chaotic uncertainty later, I received a place at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris
A dream come true
I landed… I am safe… until my next leap of faith
As a choreographer / theatre director / comedy specialist – I’m taking things to a next level. Time to play EXTRA BIG
Wishing you to play big, trust, and make YOUR own personal leap… and you’ll land safely
Yes yes, you can now listen to my Podcast on Spotify, Anchor and Google Podcast!
I am sharing short snippets of TOP TIPS for dancers as well as lessons learned during this crazy life journey of creativity.
Enjoy the listening, and feel free to send me topics / questions you’d like to talk about!
PS: did you know one of my big dreams is to be a TV presenter?
Oprah Winfrey being an icon that has impacted me in many ways… I’ll start with a Podcast Radio for the now 😀
It makes me boil, boil to the bone
All my efforts were in vain – I wish I had known
It didn’t matter whether or not – artistically – I had grown
That glass ceiling wanted me away from the throne
Initially, I saw myself rise and rise and rise
During the ascension – I thought it was all lies
Women were flying high – as much as the guys
Little did I know it was sneering in the background – in disguise
Let me introduce you: The Glass Ceiling
Ladies and Gents: Gender Inequality
Drum rolls… OFF BEAT please!
It hit me hard, and by surprise.
– by Cindy Claes
It feels a little bit like…
Walking straight into a glass door.
Whether your nose is bleeding or your eye is bruised, nobody even noticed you missed the entrance.
It feels a little bit like…
Running with sweat and tears after a train who has already departed.
But your waving ain’t catching nobody’s attention.
The arts industry is poisoned by gender inequality.
Female choreographers / theatre directors are not receiving the same commissions, support and opportunities.
I don’t have all the answers on how to make a deep long lasting difference.
I can only share with you the way it made me feel:
Frustrated, sad, angry, helpless AND…
Lisa Nichols says:
“Some motivation will come wrapped in sandpaper.”
That which was initially rage, has fueled an un-negotiable hunger for growth.
I am making a radical life-changing decision:
studying at Jacques Lecoq in Paris for 1-2 years.
I am leaving everything behind.
Current network, reputation, gigs, home, friends, etc.
I am going to invest time and energy into become the best artist I can ever be.
I am gonna raise my game, learn a world-widely renown technique approaching theatre, comedy and dance in the most magnificent way.
This is the way I will contribute in smashing this glass ceiling into pieces.
With skills, by skills, and through skillful creations.
(Wait for it, when I am back…)
Opening the door, for the next generation of girls and women.
And making the flipping train WAIT for them before departing without them.
SUPPORT FEMALE LEADERSHIP
DONATE TOWARDS MY TUITION FEE to study at Jacques Lecoq:
Picture & necklace Wei Wang
Drum rolls please!
Here is a brand new opportunity for the Hiphop – Dancehall – Afrobeats – Krump community!
I will be one of the lead guest teachers on a one week course in Belgium: Groundwork. Alongside Yves Ruth, and other invited teachers, we are about to share our dance theatre knowledge with a bunch of really enthusiastic dancers and choreographers. I can’t wait!
The good news: dancers from all over the world can apply!
We will start on Monday morning. The week will be made of dance theatre workshops, creative time, reflection time, as well as a performance opportunity!!!
Everybody will reside at Destelheide during the week. It’s an incredible arts centre in Belgium. We will eat together, create together, get tired together, jam together and more! In other words, there will be zero distractions from the outside world. Only artistic expression and the team!
When I was a young dancer, I didn’t know which possibilities even existed to make a living from my creativity. It is the Hiphop Theatre world that changed the game for me. And I am always extremely excited to share what’s possible when our dance forms meet physical theatre on stage. It’s one of the most magic and rewarding experiences ever. I always see dancers’ eyes light up.
It will be a very powerful experience for myself as an artist as well.
I am about to start studying at Jacques Lecoq in Paris (physical theatre and comedy). The school gave me special permission to miss out a week of training to teach at Groundwork. I will be coming from Paris with loads of new energy and new knowledge! Let me tell you… I wanna put it in practice! So be ready to experience the fire in the belly I will be coming with all the way from Jacques Lecoq!
If you have any questions about this professional development program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
If your heart is saying YES to live this experience… do not let anything hold you back!! GO FOR IT!!
The program is for dance artists who are hungry to expand. There is no audition, it’s not about your technical skills, it is about your vision and your motivation.
PS: when they say YOUNG ARTISTS… (we have debated about this a lot) – it means 18+, but there are people who are 35 years old who want o do this as well 23 years old dance artists. We will make sure there is a focussed hard working atmosphere in the studio. You make sure you apply and don’t find excuses not to apply.
Groundwork is organised by TIMISS and DESTELHEIDE in Belgium:
Dates of the residency: 29 OCT – 2 NOV
Price: 120 euros, inclusive of food and accommodation!
MUST apply before 12 SEPT to be considered.
Info & Application Forms:
I was on a meditation course this weekend with my favourite teacher (a Buddhist monk called Gelong Thubten).
We talked in-depth about the importance of integrating compassion and kindness to our practice of mindfulness.
During the meditation practice, our mind will inevitably wonder and thoughts will pop up, all in the name of distraction.
If people tell themselves things like “common’ you, can’t you focus!” it raises their stress levels.
If on the other hand, we kindly, gently bring ourselves back to focussing on the breath, without judgement, oxytocin is being released, which makes us feel safe and calm.
How compassionate are we with OUR creativity?
I am guilty.
I have definitely attended dance classes where I thought: “Common’ Cindy! You aren’t getting the groove right!”
Looked at my poetry thinking: “This isn’t good enough. You are not sharing that with the world.”
Preparing a show: “Girl, you better hurry up. Doesn’t look like ideas come quickly to you, or is it?”
Meditation combined with the practice of compassion brought me on a different journey.
Being kind to myself when ideas popped up transformed my relationship with my creative juices, but also with how I share it with the world.
Creativity and making this world a better world
As an artist, I always reflected how my creativity could make this world a better world. Whether I am creating a show, teach a class or perform, I want it to benefit society in some way, shape or form.
In Buddhism, we dedicate our practice to the benefit of others. Meditation is not a selfish act to improve our own lives, it is also a practice to benefit others, making all lives more peaceful and joyful.
I believe that when we tap into our most profound creative potential, we have the ability to impact our communities, relationships and environment. I want to see everyone feel confident in their creative approach to life.
When I talk about creativity, I mean ALL creative ventures:
– finding solutions to business problems
– being creative in our public speaking
– putting ideas on the table during a meeting at work
It is because I believe in the compassionate power of creativity, that I set up the:
DYNAMIC CREATIVITY RETREATS
A full weekend of dance, theatre, storytelling, creative writing… and compassion!
No previous experience necessary. All welcome.
SAT 25th & 26th AUG in London
The benefits of engaging in fun and mindful creative tasks impacts all areas of our lives (personal and professional).
Join us to tickle your funny bone and learn to think on your feet!
The objective of this Retreat Weekend is to:
- cultivate a creative approach to life
- a solution-orientated mindset
PS: we have early offers on at the moment, book your spot now 🙂