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

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 / 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!

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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

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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)

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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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Groundwork

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 mouss@timiss.be 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.

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Practical Info:

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2123397871313843/

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To anyone who ever found excuses not to live their wildest dreams

To anyone who ever found excuses not to live their wildest dreams:

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I thought I was pretty good at catching myself when making excuses until…

Until I hit a wall.
The wall of unhappiness.
I felt unfulfilled, stuck.

I was “busy”.
I had 2 business coaches, tried a whole bunch of new things.

I was still MISERABLE.

Why?
My creative self wasn’t expressing itself to its highest potential.
Professionally, I was stagnating*
(*more in another post)

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But there was one place where I still felt home, at peace, alive, and creative: Jacques Lecoq.

Yet, I gave myself 5001 excuses NOT to study at Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Moving there for 1-2 years?!?!

I talked myself out of this dream for a LONG TIME.

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My EXCUSES were:

“I am too old.”
“It’s too expensive I can’t afford it.”
“I can’t put my career on hold now. Stop the non sense.”
“Tell theaters you’ll be gone for 1-2 years… and all the hard work you done so far will go to the bin.”
“Everybody will forget about your existence if you leave.”
“Leave the dance scene for a year and you’ll be back to square one. Forget it.”
“Euh… what you gonna do in Paris?”
“People will laugh at you. They ain’t gonna understand the concept of professional development. They gonna think you were an imposture for all those years.”
“It’s too late.”
“You wanna become a better theatre director, choreographer and blahablahblah… who the F&^$$K cares?”

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I CARE!

I wanna grow. I wanna fullfill my highest potential as an artist. I wanna stop playing mediocre and raise my game.

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I had to remember that it is MY LIFE, and I CARE.

And that’s not a bad start if you wanna be happy. 

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Inner voice: “So… what you gonna do about it Cindy?”

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I got tired of my own inner talk.

I hated the wall of unhappiness I had hit.

I spoke to a 55 years old woman living her theatre dream and felt soooo silly. My excuses crumbled.

I applied – extremely last minute.

Got onto the waiting list.

(Just getting on the waiting list was high in emotions, I cried. It was as if my soul said “YES GIRL! IT WAS ABOUT TIME!”)

Three days later, I got an email saying I go a place to start in October.

The next day I created a crowdfunding campaign for my tuition fee.

Now I am planning the move, following the path to happiness.

I trust that all the resources I need are already on its way to me. Blessings come as a full package. 

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So, too anyone who ever found excuses NOT to live their big dream… look the wall in the eye, and say “you are about to crumble down my friend” 😉

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I am currently fundraising.

To support and make a donation towards my tuition fee to study at Jacques Lecoq:

 

 

Book your tickets NOW for Cindy’s upcoming solo performance!

 

I am starting the year sweating and rehearsing for my next upcoming solo. Clear your diaries and make sur you are free for…

“Things aren’t always black or white”

TUESDAY 24th JANUARY

at 8pm, The Place

(near Euston tube station)

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

 

VIDEO TRAILER:

WHAT INSPIRED “Things aren’t always black or white”?

The story of what and who lead me to create this solo is quite a journey… From NYC to Philadelphia to Brussels, I came across so many signs, people, cold factual information, tears, questions and events that it all had to be translated into a piece.

One of the shocking images that stays in my mind each time I rehearse is… those 50 coffins. Visiting my Krump dance family in Los Angeles in 2016, I saw bout 50 coffins when entering the dance studio…

It was an arts project. Young men who passed away at the hands of police brutality were remembered through colors, collages and graffiti art.

“Things aren’t always black or white” is a Dancehall / Hiphop Theatre piece, a dark poetic dance drama, exploring the themes of police brutality, mass incarceration and the ugly realities of privatized prisons.

My solo performance is part of Resolutions, a triple bill shared with MCDC and Jannick Moth. We are all very eager to bring a raw night of dance theatre to our audiences.

TICKETS:

http://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/jannick-moth-and-company-cindy-claes-productions-mcdc

Thank you for your support, looking forward to sharing this piece with you,

Cindy

“School” – Dancehall Theatre in progress

“School” was a collaboration between Schoy and myself which we created during my last trip to Jamaica.  I organized a series of Dancehall Theatre workshops with the support of DanceJa in March 2014. The result of this artistic process and exchange was performed at “Talent Pree: Dancehall Theatre Takeover”.

“School” is still a work in progress, and I hope we will soon have the opportunity to develop the piece.

Schoy teaches every week at DanceJa amongst a line up of amazing teachers.  Check them out if you are in Kingston!

 

Cindy

Hip hop Dancehall Krumping – … from the streets to the Theatre…

Bringing Hip hop from the streets to the Theatre wasn’t a natural progression “per se”… artists had to fight for it and break down walls. Today the movement of Hip hop Theatre, Dancehall Theatre and Krumping Theatre is growing. In some countries street dancers creating Theatre work still are not valued, in other parts of the world the art form has been embraced and acknowledged long time ago… Which challenges do we, as Hip hop dance theatre, Dancehall Theatre, or Krumping Theatre makers have to face today?

Sharing a few thoughts on my video blog series… I could talk about it for hours, but I am trying to keep the videos short… 🙂

If you have questions, please holla at me!

Cindy

What is Dancehall Theatre? – Video Blog

What is Dancehall Theatre? The concept triggers interest and curiosity.

Cindy Claes is an artist wearing many hats: Choreographer, Dance Storyteller, Teacher, Playwright, etc. After many years of experience in the Hip Hop Theatre world, she created two full-lenght Dancehall Theatre productions in 2013: “Is My Whining Winding You Up?” (a comedic socio-political three women show) and “School Fi Wifey” (a Jamaican & Dancehall re-adaptation of a Moliere classic). She also had the honor to be commissioned by Saddler’s Wells Theatre to curated and produce a ground breaking Dancehall Theatre event in London. Wild Card: Dancehall Takeover (Feb 2014) was sold out weeks in advance and featured work from UK Dancehall Theatre pioneers as well as a collaboration between Cindy’s company, the DTX Collective, and Shady Squad from Kingston / Jamaica. Passionate about international dance exchanges, Cindy has also been leading Dancehall Theatre sessions in Jamaica Kingston, at Edna Manley College (2010-2011) and DanceJa (2014), as part of a wider exchange program she is currently setting up.