Teacher

The classes were set up by Cindy Claes, lead teacher of the weekly dance program.

Artists on the teachers’ team, such as Michela, Laura, and Marlon for example, also pop in to deliver sparkling classes.

All cover teachers have either been working with Cindy Claes on a dance theatre project, or were part of her international professional development programs ran by Cindy Claes Productions. We want our students to access and experience a diverse pool of knowledge and artistic energies.

Cindy Claes is an artist wearing many hats: Choreographer & Director, Dancer & Performer, Dance-storyteller & Playwright.


Born and raised in Belgium, Cindy has been based in London since 2005. As a true dance backpacker, she has travelled to Africa, USA, Jamaica, Trinidad, and all over Europe. Her many dance trips abroad allowed her to either train and expand her skills, to work and perform her work as an artist, ot do in-depth choreographic research while collecting invaluable human experiences along the way.

She has been traveling to Jamaica several times to experience Dancehall first hand since 2010.

While she trained Dancehall in Kingston, she also did a summer intensive at Edna Manley College to have a better understanding of traditional Jamaican folk.

She ran two informal Dancehall Theatre projects in Kingston in 2011 (Edna Manley College) and 2014 (DanceJA), and ran international exchanges between Jamaica and the UK in 2014 and 2017.

She trained in Los Angeles with Demolition Crew researching Krump culture since 2008.

Cindy trained internationally as a dancer. And her interest for narrative work lead her to study acting and improv comedy in NYC, also screenwriting and writing for comedy in London. She also did an intensive in physical theatre / physical comedy at the international school of Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Cindy has been the recipient of several awards in London, which supported her many explorations overseas: the Lisa Ullman Traveling Scholarship Fund, ADAD Trailblazers 2013-14, the Bonnie Bird UK New Choreography Fund, Grant for the Arts / Arts Council England, Artist International Development Fund.

She collaborated in Washington DC and Chicago with choreographer and Stepping Master Jakari Sherman, learning about the history of Stepping and exploring this percussive dance form in Theatre.

Influenced by the Hip Hop Theatre movement which has been growing and pushing boundaries since the 90s, Cindy is also passionate about using Dancehall and Krumping in Theatre, telling stories through dance.


As an ADAD Trailblazer, she set up a first Dancehall Theatre Exchange Program between Jamaica and the UK in 2014. Commissioned by the most renown Dance Theatre venue in London, Sadler’s Wells, her show "Wild Card: Dancehall Takeover" was sold out weeks in advance, and made history, being the first full Dancehall Theatre night in London. Shady Squad, a renown Jamaican Dancehall crew, was part of this phenomenal night.


Cindy’s aim is to tell electrifying stories through dance. She has presented work internationally (UK, Belgium, Hollywood, San Francisco, Jamaica, etc.). Her unstoppable fountain of energy is her signature. Her shows are artistic earthquakes touching people’s souls and hearts through laughter and tears.


She set up her own dance company in London in 2008. Their earthshaking Dancehall / Krump / Hiphop Theatre productions stand for transformation within society. Dance Theatre is used as a tool to make people think, educate audiences, raise awareness, entertain and bring communities together.

Cindy hit London with her first full-length production in 2011, which fused basketball, Hip Hop, Krumping and Theatre: “Voices in The Alleyway”. She created two new full-length Dancehall Theatre productions in 2013: “Is My Whining Winding You Up?” and “School Fi Wifey” (commissioned by Midland Actors Theatre). She also wrote and directed a very political Dancehall / Hip hop Theatre production in Belgium: “PuzzelB” early 2014, which won the Prize Roger Van De Voorde.

She is currently focussing on her two solos: “Time is ticking, phone is ringing” and “Things aren’t always black or white”.

She was involved as a choreographer in many shows tackling police brutality in a variety of countries: USA / UK / Belgium.

Cindy Claes also sets up yearly international dance exchanges and training programs for emerging choreographers/dancers, providing platforms of professional development, artistic discovery and leadership.

Her flagship exchange "1000 Pieces Puzzle" recently took over Europe. Two explosive editions allowed dancers from the UK / USA / Jamaica / Belgium to collaborate and share skills. (Erasmus+, Zinnema, East London Dance).

Cindy set up a Krumping Theatre project in Los Angeles, which lead to a performance in Hollywood. She also set up several informal Dancehall Theatre exchanges in Kingston with local dancers (supported by Edna Manley College and Dance JA).

Cindy is also a Dance Entrepreneur and strives to empower emerging artists to develop their business skills. She is now running an online program, Totally Driven, so that more artists can translate their dreams into actions.

If you would like to know more about Cindy Claes as an artist and the Storytelling Production company, please visit the website:

www.cindyclaes.com