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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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Development Grant

I can finally make it official!

FAITH Drama Productions is giving me a £500 Development Grant in support to the training & research I will be doing at the International School of Theatre of Jacques Lecoq in Paris!!!

« We believe it is important to invest in powerful artistes whose talents will make a strong impact on communities around them. »

– Gbemi Ikumelo

 

Thank you  so much for the support, recognition, encouragement and the belief you have in my work!!

I can’t wait to share my new knowledge & skills with the Faith Drama team / members in the very near future.  So so grateful.

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My crowdfunding campaign is still ON.

20 days left for those who would like to contribute and make a difference:

Link:

bit.ly/crowdfundingforcindy

New Podcast

Yes yes, you can now listen to my Podcast on Spotify, Anchor and Google Podcast!

I am sharing short snippets of TOP TIPS for dancers as well as lessons learned during this crazy life journey of creativity.

 

Listen now:

SPOTIFY

GOOGLE PODCAST

ANCHOR

Enjoy the listening, and feel free to send me topics / questions you’d like to talk about!

 

PS: did you know one of my big dreams is to be a TV presenter?

Oprah Winfrey being an icon that has impacted me in many ways… I’ll start with a Podcast Radio for the now 😀

 

 

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:

 

 

guest teachers blog

Guest Teachers for 1000 Pieces Puzzle!

Our line up of guest teachers for 1000 Pieces Puzzle has now been announced !!!
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We have the pleasure to have the following high calibre artists delivering workshops and mentoring on this International Dance Exchange, including:

  • UK Hiphop Theatre pioneer: Benji Reid​ !!!!
  • one of the most versatile artists ever (also from the old school generation) Paradigmz​!!!
  • Jan Wallyn​’s Dance-On-Screen work went viral not only online but also on Belgian TV!
  • Ricardo Ambrózio​ with a background in Krump and Capoeira, now channelled his energy into Contemporary technique and explorations of “untamed” movement quality!
  • artistic genius: Sean Graham​ , from spoken words to Underground UK Jazz he will bring us on a total new creative adventure!
  • Kate Scanlan​ , from Breakin Convention to Move It, to her unstoppable fountain of energy empowering freelance artists through projects all year round, she is just an inspirational powerhouse.
  • Annie Deltour​ on Body Percussion and the use of props, ready to take you out of your comfort zones!!
  • and of course you’ll see me as well, for some Dance Storytelling ingredients!

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TO APPLY:

www.cindyclaes.com
www.eastlondondance.org/opportunities (UK) – deadline 9th Nov
www.zinnema.be (Belgium) – deadline 6th Nov

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1000 Pieces Puzzle is an international dance exchange programme presented by Cindy Claes Productions and Zinnema in partnership with East London Dance.

Supported by Erasmus+, Rich Mix, Scanners Inc, Foundation for Future London, Danspunt, Jint and Arts Council England.

 

My drive and passion: behind the scenes of 1000 Pieces Puzzle

1000 Pieces Puzzle is currently accepting applications from UK and Belgian dance artists.

UK – Applications (deadline 9th NOV)

Belgium – Application (deadline 6th NOV)

This unique professional development platform is for all styles and especially encourages Hiphop, Afrobeats, Dancehall, AfroHouse and Krump dancers to apply. The programme will allow 30 emerging choreographers to develop themselves as artists.

The program is intensive: workshops, mentoring sessions and talks, creative time, a dance-on-screen piece to be filmed, and a dance theatre performance to be created! The selected artists are about to go through a journey of personnal and artistic growth!

What is my drive, and how did I come up with the concept of 1000 Pieces Puzzle?

A little video extract and behind the scenes where I share a little bit more about my personnal journey:

 

As artists, our challenge is to sustain our careers in the LONG TERM

As artists, our challenge is to sustain our careers in the LONG TERM.

1000 Pieces Puzzle – the INTERNATIONAL DANCE EXCHANGE is an investment in the long term, it is an investment in your career as a dancer / choreographer / artist. This long term vision means you will have to deal with short term challenges.

The programme is a transformational leadership programme for artists willing to throw themselves into new territory, outside of their comfort zones. You will train with renown Dance Theatre Directors / Choreographers, collaborate with a Dance-On-Screen Director, receive business coaching sessions and create your own work!

Do not let your mindset, fears or insecurities stop you from applying for this amazing opportunity!

If you really want to do it and you have those “yeah, BUT…” conversations going on in your head, watch the video below!

You have only a few more days to apply for 1000 Pieces Puzzle before the deadline!

UK – apply here before 9th Nov

Belgium – apply here before 6th Nov

1000 Pieces Puzzle – how to stand out!

1000 Pieces Puzzle:

This unique International Dance Exchange is now accepting submissions from dancers and choreographers in Belgium and in the UK!

Only 15 artists from each country will be selected to be part of this incredible artistic and business training program!

A short questionnaire must be filled in, and you must send in a dance video. Here are a few TOP TIPS to send in a smashing application form!

Good luck, may your talent potential and creativity stand out!

 

APPLY here:

UK  – deadline 9th Nov

Belgium – deadline 6th Nov

 

“1000 Pieces Puzzle” – Are you a leader?

“1000 Pieces Puzzle” – INTERNATIONAL DANCE EXCHANGE
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A leadership and profesionnal development program for Hiphop / Dancehall / Afrobeats / House / Krump dancers.

Applications (2016 edition) are now open for artists based in the UK and Belgium.

What is the program about?
– artistic coaching, train with high calibre guest teachers/choreographers
– create your own Dance Theatre and Dance on Screen work
– collaborate with international peers
– business coaching

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Do you have what it takes to be a leader?
– If you ever doubted it, check out the video below!
– If you always knew you were one, check out the video below!

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All info on 1000 Pieces Puzzle and how to apply:

(deadline is 6th Nov for Belgium and 9th Nov for the UK)

http://cindyclaes.com/portfolio-item/1000-pieces-puzzel/

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