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My first attempt to sum up 1000 Pieces Puzzle (2017) – BLOG 1

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Jazz music in the background, the smell of coffee and rose white tea, steam coming out my mug, all of a sudden… my eyes lit up!

“1000 Pieces Puzzle isn’t a project, it feels more like a movement.”.

I am sitting in a coffee shop, an informal catch up with Theresa Beattie, a phenomenal woman who has several decades of experience within the arts as a producer and artistic director. Her words resonate and echo a couple of times in the space… It feels like my mind stands still for a second.

It’s been 2 weeks now since we wrapped up the 2017 edition. I have desperatelly been trying to write a simple Facebook status, but not a word is coming out! Have you ever had a creative block when writing a Facebook status?!?!

1000 Pieces Puzzle (2017 edition) has been such an emotional rollercoaster of growth, an experience made of magic, bubbles and sparkle, it was such a powerful heartwarming event that I have been unable to write anything that would give it justice.

It was “life-changing”, as many participants described it. And life-changing moments are sometimes better described in silence than in words.

Sipping tea, my mind keeps repeating Theresa’s words in a loop: “1000 Pieces Puzzle isn’t a project, it feels more like a movement.”.  My frozen stillness felt like decades even though I am sure it must have only taken a few seconds before I tried to speak again.

Theresa had heard of the programme last year, I had invited her as a consultant to be a part of a Business Brainstorm weekend to move Cindy Claes Productions forwards. Twelve months later, she saw the results live. An explosive collaboration between 30 dancers, and 4 countries: UK – Belgium – Jamaica – USA.

1000 Pieces Puzzle is an international dance exchange and leadership program I set up a few years ago. It is mainly, but not exclusivelly, aimed at supporting Hiphop, Dancehall, Krump, House and Afrobeats dance artists.

Ten years of day dreaming, 100s of sleepless nights and many flights later, the program is now a massive success, empowering artists and dancers with the necessary tools to make their own dreams come true.

Being speechless has its beauty, but if I want the program to expand and give opportunities to more leaders from the dance industry to rise, I must go on a quest of finding the rights words to describe “it”.

I take a sip of my tea and loudly respond: “YES! YES! Theresa… YES!”. A movement. This actually sounds right.

1000 Pieces Puzzle is about nurturing citizens of the world a.k.a. artists of the world. It is about highlighting the importance of each individual and his/her dreams, it is about reminding artists of the power of their artistic expression and making sure all involved use their creative work to make this world a better world.

1000 Pieces Puzzle is about building a society based on win-win situations. It is about embracing the champion that we are and about boosting the leader within ourselves. It is about supporting others generously and at the same time finding the courage to strive fully for our own ideas to come true.

1000 Pieces Puzzle had nothing to do with me, it was something way beyond the human being that I am. 1000 Pieces Puzzle carries an energy in itself, uplifting, joyful and a strong feeling of being ready to take over the world. It’s a mindset thing, in action, continuously in action, continuously in motion. It is something that happens within the interactions, the exchanges and the collaborations. The energy is created in the space by the dancers, for the dancers. And this energy travels beyond the studio, it has a domino effect and goes beyond the group that we were.

1000 Pieces Puzzle is a movement.

Thank you Theresa,

Cindy

More blog posts will follow after this first attempt of writing more about 1000 Pieces Puzzle (2017).

***1000 Pieces Puzzle (2017) was presented by Cindy Claes Productions and Zinnema, in association with East London Dance.

***Photo by Alex Rumford.

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!!

 

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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!!!

 

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Meditation for dancers – coming soon…

**!!!DANCERS!!!***

I am about to organize a session to support dancers connecting body & mind: “MEDITATION FOR DANCERS”.

Many of you know (and many of you don’t know) that meditation is part of my daily practice. It helps us focus, it brings us clarity when we feel confused, it helps reduce stress and it supports us in our relationships and daily life challenges. It also helps us avoid injuries while developing mindfulness. Meditation is an empowering practice, and as many have asked me questions about meditation and how to start, well… here it is!

It would be in central London, for 1 hour. The session would include exercises and instructions as well as short meditations to apply the exercises.

If this is something you are interested in… please help me set up “the” ideal class and answer a few questions:

1. At the moment I am thinking of organizing it during lunchtime on a week day, however there are options to do it early morning or late evenings too. WHAT DAY/TIME WOULD BE IDEAL FOR YOU?

2. I could organize a WEEKLY session, so that people feel supported within their meditation practice, or we could do it on a MONTHLY basis, so that people can practice at home and come back with questions the month after.

Thank you for answering!

***PLEASE COMMENT BELOW OR SEND ME A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER***

🙂

Cindy

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A Dancehall Dancer’s Dream – Interview series at DanceJA – episode 3 with Nicky Trice

During my last trip to Jamaica I had the opportunity to host the new DanceJa talk show. I interviewed Jamaican Dancehall dancers, asking questions about their artistic journeys and about their dreams for the future.

Let me introduce you to Nicky Trice, a member of Rifical Team… “Love” is what they stand for, and “family” is what they represent. Listen to Nicky Trice’s dream for the future… his answer literraly blew my mind away. A spiritual lesson of life and how we relate to one another. Rifical is, as they say… spiiiiriiituuuaaaaaaallll!!!!

May your wish be granted and may your dreams come true Trice!!! <3

Cindy