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Take a leap of faith, of purpose, of freedom

May you all have the confidence, trust & power, to make YOUR leap of faith
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I’ll share my story cause some of you are going through something similar
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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
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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
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Yes I liked it. Every class. But I knew it wasn’t my calling, it was not the WHY I was on earth for
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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
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Jan 2018: I was living in HOPE, hope for a life change and a business REFOCUS
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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
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May 2018: I stopped teaching dance, only taught a tiny bit since
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In the words of Lisa Nichols – my vision went from OPTIONAL to NON NEGOTIABLE
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I had no back up plan though
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While it felt liberating, it came with financial pressure
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Big part of my business was based on it. But it felt RIGHT
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I trusted SOMETHING would come up in my energetic field
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I was literally telling the Universe / God / my Guardian Angels / Green Tara: I am READY, tell me, what’s next
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Two months of chaotic uncertainty later, I received a place at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris
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A dream come true
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I landed… I am safe… until my next leap of faith
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As a choreographer / theatre director / comedy specialist – I’m taking things to a next level. Time to play EXTRA BIG
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Wishing you to play big, trust, and make YOUR own personal leap… and you’ll land safely
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Dancehall classes on Tuesdays

Hi Dancehall lovers and students,

2017 is again a Dancehall year! Classes have started again, and we are sharing energy on the dancefloor as usual every TUE 6-7.30pm at Studio68 (Waterloo / Southwark tube stations).

Classes are £8, no need to book in advance, just pay at reception. It is a drop-in class, so no worries if you miss a week, you will be able to catch up as soon as you come back.

 

I am also very excited to say I have been awarded an Artist International Development Fund (Arts Council England / British Council), which is supporting me to go back to Jamaica later on this year! I will be continuing my research on Dancehall culture, do a Dancehall Theatre collaboration with Kimiko Miller and expand the future vision of 1000 Pieces Puzzle overseas.

 

Keeping Jamaica in my heart, and feeling those Dancehall groves in my bones, here we go for another year of sweating, smiling, giggling and dancehalling!

 

INTERNATIONAL DANCEHALL COLLABO Class with Sir Ledgen from NYC

The Dancehall LAB presents:

INTERNATIONAL DANCEHALL COLLABO CLASS

Sir Ledgen, all the way from New York, will be teaching a collabo class with Cindy Claes on:

Tue 24th March, 6pm-7.30pm 
at Studio68 (London / UK)
(£8)


*** we will be in the big studio downstairs!!***

***pay at the door***

 

Cindy Claes Productions values international exchanges and believes there is a lot of power behind these artistic encounters.  We are very excited to be working with Sir Ledgen and can’t wait to share a lot of energy with all students!!

 

Sir Ledgen - final flyer

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Here is what is awaiting for you: pure groove, flow and vybz!

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(**The Dancehall LAB will exceptionnaly be held on a Tuesday instead of Thursdayz.)

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AND HERE IS A REMINDER OF WHAT’S HAPPENING THE REST OF THE WEEK, special FEMALE STEPS ONLY FOR THE LADIES!!!

 

FEMALE STEPS ONLY flyer March 2015

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!

Caramel_Collabopart2_iAstudios

 

Verona_Collabo_iAstudios Sir Ledgen - final flyer

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Female Steps Only – 1st week of Dec 2014

 

Ladies, this week is our time to big up ourselves!!!

On Tue 2nd and Wed 3rd Dec, we will focus on “female steps only” during class.

The contribution of Female Dancehall dancerz to the Dancehall scene is huge.  The steps are technical, challenging, intricate and… FUN!! Come and big up your sexy self in class!!  Express yourself, shake it, whine it, drop it, like there is no tomorrow!

 

TUE 6.30-7pm at Studio68 (£7)

WED 8.30-10pm at Maryland Studioz (£5)

 

Learn Dancehall steps such as the “one drop”, “big and nasty”, “wheezy whine”, and more! Here are a few videos from previous “Female Steps Only” classes:

 

 

 

 

Old School Dancehall Class with Cindy Claes

Here is a short extract of a “special one-off old school” dancehall class I have been teaching.  My students are hungry for knowledge and understanding about the culture as a whole.  During my recent trip to Jamaica, I took private classes with John Bling (the creator of Tek Weh Yahself, probably the most renown step that took over the world!).  He was such an inspirational teacher, actually… my conversations with him changed my artistic life!  I wanted to share with my students my years of research and also, what I had recently been taught by John Bling.

 

Hope you enjoy the video!

 

Cindy