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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.
Six videos, trying to explain to the readers of my blog, the incredible work of Jacques Lecoq.
Yep… I have been accepted to do the professional course at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq!
I moved to Paris last week, left my old life behind, and decided to fully invest in my future vision.
Jacques Lecoq’s work is expansive: from physical theatre, to clowning, to the deep analysis of human behaviour, to mask work, to comedy… one way to resume it is that EVERYTHING starts with movement.
Dancers, gymnasts, circus artists, theatre directors and actors train at the school. There are no boxes artists are stuck in. The technique is a whole.
I set up a crowdfunding campaign to help me cover the costs of my tuition fee.
It is a private school. With the support of over 100 people, I was already able to raise over £4000! Yet, I need £7125 to finish the year.
Only 24H left to make a donation towards my crowdfunding campaign.
I made a few short video clips – a mix of videos and documentaries I found on Youtube – trying to explain how rich and groundbreaking Jacques Lecoq’s approach to theatre is.
The first time I entered this historique place… the studios of the Jacques Lecoq’s school, I felt home!
The training and the quality of the teachings brought me to tears. It was calling me.
Imagine this kind of knowledge being available to more Hiphop, Dancehall and Krump Theatre artists.
That’s what you’ll be investing in, in a bigger vision.
Thank you for your support!
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:
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 email@example.com 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: