Special prices for 1-to-1 coaching sessions

Christmas came early!
Special offer for my 
1-to1 coaching sessions!
Need some personalised support?
Want to talk to me and figure out your action plan?
Time to take your dance career to the next level?
My 1-to-1 sessions are taking place online and it’s 50% OFF before 27th December!!!
Saaayyy whhhhaaattt?!
 
Yup 50% OFF
READY?

BOOK your sessions now – CLICK HERE

You must use your 10 sessions before 30th June 2019.
Looking forward to coach and support you on your amazing journey

Special offers for our online course

For all the dancers and choreographers wanting to know all my secrets:

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DISCOUNT

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!

 

BUY IT NOW! –  click here

 

Scholarship Awardees

We announced a few weeks ago the launch of our scholarship program.

Determined to empower dance artists across the world, we opened up applications for dancers and choreographers to benefit from doing our online course “Dancers Do Business” for FREE, as well as receiving 1to1 coaching sessions.

We spread the word, and truly wanted to reach as many dance communities as possible, from Pantsula to Krump to Afrobeats to Dancehall.

Very excited and proud to announce the awardees of the scholarship are:

COLOMBIA
Maria Gabriela Sarmiento

KENYA
Muss Di

SENEGAL
Baidy Ba

GHANA
Jospeh Fiagbe

NIGERIA
Valu Ozegbe

SOUTH AFRICA
Romeo Mafatle

I have supported many artists around the world, however this will be my first time working with a dance artist from these countries.
I commit to put in all my heart energy into getting to know their country and the environment they are working in better, in order to be able to support them to the fullest on the next leg of their artistic journey.

More news on this new chapter over the next few months. We can’t wait to see how their work develops.

 

1000 Pieces Puzzle is back!

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

 

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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.

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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

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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.

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You’ll never believe me, but it’s a true story

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.
Fingers crossed.

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

DONATE HERE

 

Accepting International Applications

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

 

Development Grant

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.

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My crowdfunding campaign is still ON.

20 days left for those who would like to contribute and make a difference:

Link:

bit.ly/crowdfundingforcindy

That nasty little inner voice

Wanna know what my nasty little voice was saying?
 

It was not “I am not good enough”….

 
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Mine was “I am not important anyway, and nobody cares”.
 
When I say it “was”… don’t take me wrong.
It still appears like a gremlins and pops up like firework by surprise.
 
This evil sentence especially likes to catch me when I am playing bigger, aiming bigger, dreaming bigger.
 
I had to learn the art of wrestling with it, as well embracing it and loving it for what it is.
 
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So when I started a crowdfunding campaign for my tuition fee to study at Jacques Lecoq in Paris… guess who knocked at the door?
 

“I am not important anyway, and nobody cares”.

 
Damn… it was having a full on party, bottles popping, inside my brain and my veins.
 
I had to put the unwanted guest outside, thank him for sharing its thoughts, but party was over. Camp in a tent outside, mate!
 
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One month later…
 
73 people donated
 
73 people told me THEY CARED, and they are encouraging me on the journey
 
Donations came from:
Belgium, UK, San Francisco, NYC, Sweden, New Oreans, Jamaica and Paris
 
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THANK YOU <3
 
Every day I am freaking out a little more thinking…

wow… I got 73 people waiting for me to succeed…

 
No pressure.
 
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I am sharing this story because this crowdfunding campaign has been the FIRST TIME I ever put myself vulnerably on the line so much.
 
People could have ignored me.
 
People could have swiped away and scroll further.
 
But they didn’t.
 
Instead… LOVE POURED IN from all corners of the world:
With donations when people were able to, and, with a message / favour / text when they couldn’t donate.
 
Did I ever imagine this could happen?
 
NO WAY.
 

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.

 
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The BIGGEST life lesson today is to be OPEN.
OPEN to receive encouragements.
OPEN to receive love.
 
I played it tough for many years.
Often felt like I was a lonely warrior, fighting… fighting what?
 
What I really needed to fight/love/accept was that inner voice.
 
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Today I wanna share this with you all:
 
I am important and people care.
 

YOU are important and people care.

May we all be OPEN to receive this abundant caring energy that exists all around us.
May your nasty gremlins little voice camp outside.
LIFE is YOUR party, not his.

And remember we need more artists like you partying in this world.

 
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Picture by Wei Wang 🙂

Take a leap of faith, of purpose, of freedom

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
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New Podcast

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.

 

Listen now:

SPOTIFY

GOOGLE PODCAST

ANCHOR

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 😀