For all the dancers and choreographers wanting to know all my secrets:
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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 / EU dancers will have have the opportunity to collaborate together.
We have now selected the Belgian dancers, too late to apply.
But deadline for Portuguese and EU dancers is 31st January 2019! Apply NOW!
The week intensive in Portugal (Torres Vedras) is 16 April – 22 April.
Workshop days will run from 10:00 until +/- 21:00.
Teachers include: Piny, Ricardo Ambrozio, Benji Reid, Jan Wallyn and Cindy Claes. All have been pioneering in the Hiphop Theatre sector and broken down walls.
Portugese and EU dancers – click here to apply
Deadline to apply: 31st JANUARY 2019
We can offer basic FREE accommodation for dancers who don’t have the financial means to stay at a hotel.
If you get selected you will only pay 90 euros for the full week, which includes workshops + 1 meal/ day.
Please note you must travel by your own means to Torres Vedras (fly to Lisbon and take a bus)
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.
What happened to me yesterday is totally crazy.
Would you believe me if I told you that:
I was moving to Paris, but had nowhere to go.
Still looking for accommodation. I packed just one bag with the bare minimum, the time to sort myself out.
I arrived in Paris by bus on Sunday at 11:45am. One suitcase full of dreams.
In a city known to be worst to find property to rent, I found a room at 12:47pm.
And the flat is 22min walk from the school.
Actually let me rewind a little bit…
because it gets even more crazy!
Since I received a spot at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq, I have been on a mission called abundance! The tuition fee is high and moving country comes at a cost.
Making money, and fast, has been my priority number one over the last 8 weeks.
From reciting positive affirmations to creating a crowdfunding campaign, to taking jobs right, left and centre… I haven’t had much sleep.
Both working hard, and not being physically present in Paris to do any viewings, I had no accommodation planned.
I was performing on Saturday night. Last job before the big day.
I arrived home and it was only around midnight that I sat down searching for a hostel.
My coach to Paris was leaving in a few hours and a dorm would do. Anything would do.
I tried a few websites, and every time I tried to make the payment, internet was crashing. By the time I logged in again, the dorms were full.
I took it as a sign.
I was exhausted. I had not been sleeping much for many days.
I needed rest, space and focus to start the course.
No way a dorm was an option for this new chapter.
A private room through Airbnb, at least for a few days would be much more suitable.
Even though it’d be more expensive, I needed proper sleep for a few days.
Most cheap rooms were already gone at such short notice.
There wasn’t much choice left.
Again, as soon as I tried to make the payment, the internet was crashing.
Time was ticking.
I still needed to pack my bag, and I had to wake up at 4:30am to catch the coach to Paris.
Finally… at 1.29am… the Airbnb website was back on.
I now just needed my request to be accepted.
The lady messaged me straight away… apologising.
My heart sank. She had made a mistake.
The room wasn’t free and she forgot to take the dates off the website.
She also sent me a message offering me to stay on her sofa bed in the living room for half price. She was so kind, she didn’t want me to be stuck.
I accepted. It was better than changing dorm and hostel every day of the week to come.
When I arrived at the flat, we had a bite and a cup of tea.
The landlady was so dynamic, joyful, and so kind. I told her my story.
She promptly said I was welcome to rent the room until January if I wanted to.
She hadn’t advertised it yet, and she was about to travel for family and business purposes.
She didn’t want the stress of having Airbnb guests during that time period.
She took a liking in me. She showed me so much care. I was speechless.
And so… this is how I am starting my new life chapter in Paris!!!
Moral of the story: develop trust.
Trust in your purpose, trust in your gut feelings, trust in your intuition.
A FEW DAYS LEFT TO DONATE to the crowdfunding campaign
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
I can finally make it official!
FAITH Drama Productions is giving me a £500 Development Grant in support to the training & research I will be doing at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris!!!
« We believe it is important to invest in powerful artistes whose talents will make a strong impact on communities around them. »
– Gbemi Ikumelo
Thank you so much for the support, recognition, encouragement and the belief you have in my work!!
I can’t wait to share my new knowledge & skills with the Faith Drama team / members in the very near future. So so grateful.
My crowdfunding campaign is still ON.
20 days left for those who would like to contribute and make a difference:
It was not “I am not good enough”….
“I am not important anyway, and nobody cares”.
wow… I got 73 people waiting for me to succeed…
I thought “I wasn’t important anyway”, that I was gonna walk down the aisle of shame cause nobody would even pay attention to my posts.
YOU are important and people care.
And remember we need more artists like you partying in this world.
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 😀