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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!
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
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.
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