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International teachers coming to London!

Dance Backpackers’ TV and Cindy Claes Productions, supported by East London Dance,

are proud to present an international DANCEHALL & KRUMP workshop

on MONDAY 20th FEBRUARY

6pm – 10pm

at Stratford Circus

 

BOOK TICKETS HERE – LIMITED SPACES

 

Kimiko, straight outta Jamaica; and Krucial aka Queen Weapon, straight outta Los Angeles, will be sharing knowledge, technique and a piece of their artistic life journeys with us for one whole evening.

Kimiko has toured the world as an ambassador for Dancehall culture. She trained in traditional Jamaican folk dance forms, is a member of the DanceJA movement, and is a powerful female leader in the Dancehall industry.

KIMIKO:

 

BOOK TICKETS HERE – LIMITED SPACES

Krucial is a passionate artivist. Co-chair of Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles, she has been dedicated to use dance as a tool for social change. She has toured the US with the documentary Stand, doing leadership and education work amongst the community.

KRUCIAL:

 

BOOK TICKETS HERE – LIMITED SPACES

Workshops are open to all levels, from beginners to advanced (16+).

MON 20th FEB

6pm – 6.30pm: Registrations & jam

6.30pm – 7.15pm: Cultural Panel discussion on Dancehall & Krump

7.15pm – 8.30pm: Krump with Krucial aka Queen Weapon (Los Angeles)

8.30pm – 9.45pm: Dancehall with Kimiko (Jamaica)

 

BOOK TICKETS HERE – LIMITED SPACES

Dancehall classes in April, an amazing line up!!

You want to learn more about Dancehall culture, it’s history and steps?

The month of April is giving dancehall enthusiasts an opportunity to train and develop their skills with a variety of teachers!

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Classes are on every:

TUE 6-7.30pm at Studio68 (Southwark tube)

WED 8.30-10pm at Maryland Studioz (Stratford tube)

THURS 7.30-9pm at iAstudios (Oval tube)

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In April, Cindy will be teaching two special Back To Old school sessions.  We also have special guest teachers such as Judith Palmer, Shelaine and international guest Vendela Blackout from Sweden / NYC.

 

Each class will be an incredible opportunity for students to understand Dancehall at a deeper level, experience a variety of teaching methods and expand their knowledge of dances of the african diaspora.

 

All dancehall classes are drop-ins and welcome all levels!

 

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Vendela goes to Jamaica on a regular basis to train, perform and shoot music videos.  Her experience of the Dancehall scene is pure, authentic and full of passion for the culture. We are excited to have her at Badda Beats Thursdayz!

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Shelaine is a Queen and she “bruk out”!!!!!! When she see Shelain in action inna di Dancehall, you just step aside!  Be ready for rather crazy a Female Steps Only collabo class!!!

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Judith is from Jamaican heritage, and has studied African & Caribbean dance forms in depth for almost 3 decades!!! She is an encyclopedia of knowledge and a library of know-how, her dance skills will leave you speechless!!  So you think you can whine…..? Come to class!!!

 

Judith Palmer special guest April 2015

 

 

Double bill of Afro-beats classes, mixed up with some Dancehall vybz!

Afro-beats and Dancehall lovers… Make sure you reach!!!

 

Thurs 19th March at iAstudios…

7.30pm-9pm —–> The Dancehall LAB presents a COLLABO CLASS: Dancehall & Afrobeats with Cindy & Verona!!

9pm-10.30pm ——> Afro-beats Fusion with GOP Dancers

 

£8/class or £14 for both!

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How to get to iAstudios, here is a map:

 

iAstudios (1-3 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6DE)

 

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And Tue 24th March 6-7.30pm —-> INTERNATIONAL DANCEHALL COLLABO CLASS!!!

Sir Ledgen from NYC & Cindy Claes

at Studio68 (in the big studio downstairs)

 

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How to get to iAstudios for Badda Beats Thursdayz?

Badda Beats Thursdayz is moving into a new home iAstudios this week!!

Our lovelly intern Sara has made a map for our students, so you won’t get lost. Only 1 min walk from Oval tube station, GOP Dancers and myself are super excited to start the event in a beautiful new and big space!

iAstudios is also fully wheelchair accessible!

 

Badda Beats Thursdayz

every Thursday at iAstudios

7.30-9pm —> The Dancehall LAB with Cindy Claes & Guests

9-10.30pn —> Afro-Beats Fusion with GOP Dancers

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House and Dancehall? Afro-beats and Dancehall? YES PLEASE!

The Dancehall LAB presents

THE COLLABO CLASS SERIES

on THURSDAYZ, 7.30pm-9pm

at iAstudios

(1-3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE —> 1min walk from Oval Tube Station)

£8/class OR £7**

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Dancehall + House (with Caramel Soldier) – 12th March

Dancehall + Afro-Beats (with Verona) – 19th March

INTERNATIONAL Dancehall + Dancehall (with Sir Ledgen NYC) – 24th March —-> exceptionally held at Studio68

 

Dancehall + “Female Steps Only” (with Shelaine Prince) – 23rd April

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Dates to be announced soon for the following workshops:

 

Body Percussion + Dancehall with Asha Jennings-Grant 

Hiphop Theatre/Performance skills + Dancehall with Franck Wilson

Afro-vybz + Dancehall with Fay-B (from Belgium/Burkina Faso)

The art of “whining”, back to the roots & African Dance with Judith Palmer (live drumming)

 

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The Dancehall LAB:

From concept choreo classes, to freestyle classes, students will also have the opportunity to engage in Dancehall Theatre sessions and explore dance storytelling through Dancehall.

Another exciting part of the Dancehall LAB are the series of upcoming COLLABO CLASSES!!!  Be ready for London, national and international collaborations to come!!!

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Badda Beats Thursdayz is a night of regular classes for Dance lovers passionate about dances of the african diaspora.

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Every Thursday evening at iAstudios:

7.30pm-9pm ——->The Dancehall LAB with Cindy & Guests

9pm-10.30pm ——>Afro-Beats Fusion with GOP Dancers

£8/class or £14 for both

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Please visit the website for regular updates: www.cindyclaes.com

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Looking forward to see you in the studio with us on Thursdayz!!!

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Here is a taster of what awaits you for the next few months, take out your diaries and put those dates down!

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Class Schedule for March 2015!

March is about to kick off with a series of super exciting Dancehall classes!

INTERNATIONAL GUEST TEACHER:

Sir Ledgen, all the way from New York, will be teaching a collabo class with Cindy on Tue 24th March 6-7.30pm at Studio68!! (£8 only)

 

COLLABO CLASSES

We have a collabo class coming up almost each week for our Thursday Dancehall LABs.  Explore new dance forms, come and have fun, learn new techniques and how to fuse them with Dancehall.  The collabo classes are an opportunity for different dance communities to come together.

 

FEMALE STEPS ONLY

 

Cause the ladies have been waiting and requested it!  Female Steps Only is back to celebrate the huge contribution of Women in the Dancehall!

 

Shedule for March is below:

March schedule

 

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 – 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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“Old School” Dancehall vybz

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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: