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We love seeing more men coming to class!

In Jamaica, women seem to be fighting to get their space back in the Dancehall. Male crews are more and predominant on the dance floor, not always easy for solo female dancers to keep their space in the Dancehall session.

In Europe, audiences seem to stereotypically think it is a dance for women…

So I am soooo happy to see that students are gaining more knowledge about Dancehall culture and to see more and more male dancers coming through the door!

Check out one of my latest classes at Studio68.

Full and updated schedule of classes and workshops, click here.

 

 

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

 

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Collabo Class TUE 25th NOV

COLLABO CLASS

Jazz-Fusion & Dancehall

Dominic-Lawrence and Cindy Claes

TUE 25th NOV

6-7.30pm

at Studio68

£7

 

Dominic-Lawrence is a choreographer who has developped an intricate dance vocabulary influenced by Jazz, African Dance, Hiphop and more.  We are joining forces and creative minds to bring you a mindblowing class on TUE 25th NOV 6-7.30pm at Studio68!!!

 

Dancehall Classes – **Female Steps Only**

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Here is some news that will make a lot of women smile!!!

***DANCEHALL WORKSHOPS & CLASSES focussing on FEMALE DANCEHALL VOCABULARY***

 

Due to popular demand, I will be teaching “Female Steps Only” once a month to celebrate the huge contribution of Female Dancers to the Dancehall scene.  Female Dancehall vocabulary is rich and vibrant. During class student will learn about technique, culture, history.

PS: For those who like a challenge and would like to learn how to do headtops (headstands), come to the Thursday class!

TUE 6-7.30pm at Studio68 (near Southwark/Waterloo station)
WED 8.30-10pm at Maryland Studioz (near Stratford)
THURS 4-5.30pm at Studio68 (near Southwark/Waterloo station)

COLLABO CLASS! Dancehall meets Jazz-Fusion

Dancehall lovers, Jazz-Fusion lovers, fellow dancers, experimental people, I have very exciting news for you:

COLLABO CLASS
DOMINIC-LAWRENCE & CINDY CLAES
Thurs 28th Aug
4-5.30pm
at Studio68
£7

This is a one-off workshop where you will work on technique & groove. Carribean vybz, african drums, jazz feelings, whining, ondulations and strong elongated legs… this class is going to challenge you sor sure!

Both artists are resident teachers at Studio68, their creative minds met and the idea of a collaboration became a must.

Put the date down in your diaries, make sure you leave work early on that day, or take the whole day off!

Excited about this? Spread the word!

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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

“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!

 

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Special one-off Dancehall sessions in MAY focussing on… ….

The month of May is loaded with exciting Dancehall classes. Students requested to focus and work on specific areas such as female moves and old school… so here it is!!!! I have also been asked to start additionnal classes during the day… All your wishes have been fulfilled!!!

We will start an afternoon class on Thursdays, starting 29th May.

Make sure you join for our special “female moves only” sessions and our “old school” sessions this month and… spread the word!!