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Badda Beats Thursdayz is moving into a new home on 12th March!

Badda Beats Thursdayz is moving venue…

Join us at iAstudios from THURS 12th MARCH!!!!!!!!  

We are very excited to soon be moving into our new “home”:

iAstudios

1-3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE (near Oval tube station)

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**Classes will run as normal on Thurs 26th Feb, and Thurs 5th March at Husky Studios.

**Please note there will be a few changes (time & price) when changing venue. See info below.

**You will LOVE the new studio!!!!!!!!

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Thurs 26th Feb at Husky Studios

7-8.30pm – The Dancehall LAB (Collabo Class – acting for dancers & dancehall)

8.30-10pm – Afro-Beats Fusion

 

Thurs 5th March at Husky Studios

7-8.30pm – The Dancehall LAB (Collabo Class – dancehall & dancehall)

8.30-10pm – Afro-Beats Fusion

£8/class or £12 for both

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From Thurs 12th March, we will be based at iAstudios:

7.30-9pm ——-> The Dancehall LAB (with Cindy Claes)

9-10.30pm —–>  Afro-Beats Fusion (with GOP Dancerz)

£8/class or £14 for both

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The Dancehall LAB – FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

The Dancehall LAB as part of Badda Beats Thursdayz, is all about exploring Dancehall within a larger realm of possibilities.

 

From Dancehall freestyle to Dancehal Theatre to Dancehall Collabo Classes, The Dancehall LAB is a UNIQUE weeky event happening in London.

 

Here is the FEBRUARY SCHEDULE:

 

Join us every Thursday at Husky Studios:

7-8.30pm The Dancehall LAB (with CINDY & GUESTS)

8.30-10pm Afro-Beats Fusion (with GOP Dancerz)

£8/class or £12 for the whole evening!

 

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You can now also book for our Collabo Class series online!!!!

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Dancehall + House (with Caramel Soldier) – 19th Feb
Dancehall + Acting for dancers (with Gbemisola Ikumelo) – 26th Feb
Dancehall + Dancehall (with DHK Shortman) – 5th March
Dancehall + Afro-Beats (with Verona) – 19th March
Dancehall + “Female Steps Only” (with Shelaine Prince) – 23rd April
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BOOK ONLINE:
http://cindyclaes.com/shop/

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The Dancehall LAB – Freestyle Class

The Dancehall LAB series for February are in full swing!!

 

On Thurs 12th February, 7-8.30pm, at Husky Studios, we are about to explore the power of DANCEHALL FREESTYLING TECHNIQUES!!!

Do you want to be able to feel free, self expressed and dance like nobody is watching when you out clubbing?

Do you want to be confident showing off your skills at an audition?

Do you want to enter a battle?

 

Whatever your motivation and aspirations, these freestyling classes are a BLAST!

The basics of dancing, Dancehall and any street dance genre is: freestyle.  But now that many people are  being introduced to dance in a studio and not per se in the street or in the club, dance students are lacking confidence when it comes to free styling.  Time to work on your skills!  Yes, we can learn how to freestyle too!

 

Come and develop your freestyling skills in a safe and fun atmosphere! 

 

 

The Dancehall LAB & our first Badda Beats Thursdayz’ night!

Badda Beats Thursdayz has finally lauched!  Students have been waiting for their Christmas presents for a few weeks now, and the afro-carribean vibes finally took over Husky Studios last week!!

 

During the first Dancehall LAB, we worked on a choreo concept.

 

I used to play the piano when I was a teenager and I have decided to put my hands back on to the keyboard in 2015!  It will be a journey of trials and frustrations as I will have to start from scratch, my fingers haven’t worked out on a piano for 15 years now, but I am ready for the challenge!  The music I choose for the Dancehall choreo concept was the vibe I was into when I used to play piano… hope you enjoy it!

 

Here is the beautiful track we worked on.  I will lead another choreo concept class on the same track last week of January! Let’s brush up our performance skills and enter another world…

 

 

 

Thursdayz is a real work out as most students (and including the teachers team!) do both classes.  From Dancehall to Afro-Beats, myself and GOP Dancers feel blessed we can share the love for the art forms with a community that keeps growing, more and more!  Share our promo video for the class, Badda Beats Thursdayz is the hottest evening in town!

 

 

 

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The Dancehall LAB – January 2015

Happy New Year!!!  Hope you all had a fabulous time with your beloved ones and started the year with energy and love.

 

I am soon launching a new class, and it is an exciting one!!!

 

Badda Beats Thursdayz is a new concept where all dance lovers looking for classes of dances of the african diaspora can come and enjoy a variety of vybz, all in the same place, on the same night!

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BADDA BEATS THURSDAYZ

7-8.30pm
The Dancehall Lab 
with Cindy & Guests

8.30-10pm
Afro-Beats Fusion
with GOP Dancerz

£8/class or £12 for both

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THE DANCEHALL LAB will start with concept choreos & freestyle classes during January. Then, we will have a whole series of Collabo Classes coming up such as:

Dancehall + House
Dancehall + Afro-Beats
Dancehall + Theatre / Performance skills / Acting for dancers
Dancehall + Dancehall
Dancehall + “Afro-Abstract”
and more…

Here is the schedule for January 2015, collabo classes are to be announced soon… so make sure you subscribe to the newsletter, join us on FB, follow us on Twitter or Instagram…

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Thank you to all our students and audiences who attended classes, events and shows this year!! Thank you for your smiles, your energy, your continious hunger to learn and for all your support!!

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May 2015 have a loads of creative surprises and artistic blasts in store for you and your beloved ones!

Cindy Claes

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LONDON / UK

DANCEHALL CLASSES:

All classes will start back week starting 5th Jan 2015.

For more information on venues, schedules and prices, including new classes and special workshops, please visit:

http://cindyclaes.com/dancehall-classes/

PERFORMANCES / SHOWS:

My next upcoming performance of “Time is ticking, Phone is Ringing” (solo piece) is on Monday 12th January 2015. It is a special event with renown Professor Carolyn Cooper (University of the West Indies / Jamaica). For tickets please visit the following link:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moving-conversations-2-jocelyne-beroard-and-carolyn-cooper-tickets-14846990749?aff=es2&rank=56

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BELGIUM / BRUSSELS

1000 PIECES PUZZEL – DANCE CAREER BOOTCAMP

The first Dance Career Bootcamp will start on Friday 9th January 2015 at Zinnema (Brussels). This exciting professional development program and international exchange program has been set up to answer the needs of local emerging choreographers and dancers passionate about creating their own Hiphop Theatre Productions. The workshops will allow artists to develop their creative skills and learn essential management skills to take their career further.

For more information please visit: http://cindyclaes.com/portfolio-item/1000-pieces-puzzel/

To register, please contact www.zinnema.be

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“Old School” Dancehall vybz

 

2014 is slowly coming to an end, some have their heads into the Christmas festivities and its preparations, others are taing time out to reflect on the last 12 months and setting goals for 2015 to come.

 

But we have still 4 Dancehall classes left before we are going into hibernation!!  Over the next two weeks, we will be focussing on “OLD SCHOOL” Dancehall moves.  Due to popular demand we look at moves such as bogle, willy bounce, wacky dip, back to basics and more.  Time to remember and celebrate the legacy old school dancers such as Bogle have left behind.

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Dancehall Tuesdayz

TUE 6pm-7.30pm @Studio68

 

Big Up Wednesdayz

WED 8.30pm-10pm @MarylandStudioz

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Here are a few extracts of our previous “Back To Old School” classes:

 

 

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Badda Beats Thursdayz – introducing “THE DANCEHALL LAB”

Dancehall & Afro-Beats lovers, I have some amazing news for you…. drum rolls please!!!!

Let me introduce you to Badda Beats Thursdayz, a night of weekly classes and workshops focussing only on Jamaican, Caribbean, and African dance vocabularies!!!!

 

***2015*** (starting 15th Jan)

BADDA BEATS THURSDAYZ

7pm-8.30pm

The Dancehall Lab with Cindy 

8.30pm-10pm

Afro-beats Fusion with GOP Dancers

 

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at Husky Studios

(29A Amelia Street, London, SE17 3PY, nearest tube station: Elephant & Castle)

 
£8/class or £12 for both classes!

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A whole evening of afro & carribean madness! 

You asked for another evening class, here it is!! These new classes will start on THURS evenings starting 15th Jan 2015!

 

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The Dancehall LAB

The Dancehall LAB will be very different from my usual Dancehall classes on TUE & WED.

The Thursday class will be about exploring freestyle techniques, telling stories through Dancehall, exploring choreographic concepts, and there will be loads of collabo classes too!!!  It will be a true opportunity for Dancehall lovers not only to work on their Dancehall skills, but also discover the broad scope of things we can create with Dancehall.  All sessions will have as aim to give various experiences to the students.  Some classes will focus on performance skills, others on gainng confidence when freestyling.  Collabo classes will allow Dancehall to grow and connect with various dance techniques and communities, students will have the opportunity to expand by working with a large number of teachers.

 

Afro-Beats Fusion

 

No need to introduce you to these two amazing female dancers/choreographers: Girlz on Point, G.O.P. Dancers, a powerful duet founded by Patience and Fumy.

They both trained a WAC Arts, but are mostly known for their numereous features in Azonto and Afro-Beats music videos.

They will introduce you to modern African dances such as N’Dombolo, Azonto, Kuduro, and Alkayda, and will also touch on Hiphop and Afro-House.  Their fusion class will be a beautiful and energetic mix of what inspires them and what they trained in over the years.

 

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Put Badda Beats Thursdayz inna yah diaries!!

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Female Steps Only – 1st week of Dec 2014

 

Ladies, this week is our time to big up ourselves!!!

On Tue 2nd and Wed 3rd Dec, we will focus on “female steps only” during class.

The contribution of Female Dancehall dancerz to the Dancehall scene is huge.  The steps are technical, challenging, intricate and… FUN!! Come and big up your sexy self in class!!  Express yourself, shake it, whine it, drop it, like there is no tomorrow!

 

TUE 6.30-7pm at Studio68 (£7)

WED 8.30-10pm at Maryland Studioz (£5)

 

Learn Dancehall steps such as the “one drop”, “big and nasty”, “wheezy whine”, and more! Here are a few videos from previous “Female Steps Only” classes:

 

 

 

 

Poverty Kicks

Hi dance lovers!

 

Here is an opportunity for you to make a difference while dancing, traing and working out.

 

Join us for a full day of workshops on SAT 29th NOV (12pm-6pm) at Husky Studios.  There are loads of classes with amazing guests teachers teaching Dancehall, Hiphop, House and more.

 

It is only £3/class and the organisers encourage everybody to also donate a pair of trainers (old or new).  PovertyKicks is an annual dance event which supports charities abroad.  This year they will support charities in Ghana.

 

Come and join us on Saturday!!

PovertyKicks is also organizing a social jam on SUN 30th NOV at Creation Box.

All info is on the flyer!

 

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