Tiny Toones European tour

February 26th, 2014 | By

Tiny Toones are about to embark on their first European tour taking in an international battle in Denmark, a meeting with the Cambodian community in Norway and an international festival in the Netherlands. Three Tiny Toones dancers will compete in Europe’s ‘Floorwars,’  a 3 vs 3 breakdance / bboying battle in Denmark against crews from all over the world. Tiny Toones has been invited by the event coordinators Breakpoint.

From there our dancers will go on to meet the Norwegian-Cambodian Friendship Society in Kristiansand before heading to the Netherlands where they will be joined by five more ‘Tiny Toones’ and take part in the International Community Arts Festival.

Tiny Toones has been invited to run a workshop and put on a dramatic performance. We’re honoured to be invited to such a prestigious event and our special thanks go to the Prince Claus fund for helping us get there.

We’re celebrating by throwing a major going away party at Code Red in Phnom Penh on 7 March. We’ll be premiering the 30 minute dance show that is already one of the most anticipated shows at the ICAF. We’re also lining up a bunch of special guests and we hope as many people as possible come down to party in style and support some of Cambodia’s vulnerable young people at the same time.

Tiny Toones Teacher stories

December 11th, 2013 | By

“I used to hate my life, my family and myself before I found Tiny Toones” – Voch (22), Tiny Toones music teacher and producer

Homie, Diamond and Voch are three Tiny Toones teachers. Each hails from a different but similarly disadvantaged background and each started out as students at Tiny Toones. Diamond became Cambodia’s first B-girl, Homie has become one of the strongest dancers and leaders at the centre and Voch is a talented and creative music producer (responsible for all the beats on Tiny Toones’ Anakut album).

Now they are inspiring and educating the next generation at Tiny Toones. For us to be able to support them, we need your help. You can see each of them talk about what Tiny Toones means to them in our video collection.

“I am so grateful to have been shown the right direction. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Tiny Toones, I would still be doing bad things or be in prison” – Homie (22), Tiny Toones Creative Program Coordinator and teacher

To support Tiny Toones teachers please visit our Global Giving or Global Giving UK page.

Battle of the Breakers

November 7th, 2013 | By

If you’ve been following our Facebook posts over the past 2 months, you’ve probably seen posts about Tiny Toones staff dance battles!

When we started our fundraising drive in September, we also decided that for every $1000 we raised in donations on our Global Giving page, we would organize and film a 3 round dance battle between some of the best breakdancers at Tiny Toones!

So far we have had 2 rounds, Round 1 (Suicide vs. Kha) and Round 2 (Homie vs. Fresh). It was decided, via comments on our Facebook page, that Suicide won round 1 and Fresh won round 2. This means that when we hit $3000 in donations we will film a runner up battle (Kha vs. Homie) and then when we reach $4000 we’ll host the grand final to decide who is the best dancer at Tiny Toones! If you’d like to see more check out the facebook page and feel free to send us a donation at the link above.

Also – if you’re interested in visiting Tiny Toones – the last Friday of every month is ‘show and tell’ and guests are welcome to come and see the kids latest dance moves and other achievements. Contact dave@tinytoones.org if you would like to attend or if you would like further information about Tiny Toones.

 

Performances, Parties and Philadelphia

October 8th, 2013 | By

September has been a massive month for Tiny Toones, both inside and outside of Cambodia. We have been involved in a plethora of events from film festivals to dance classes and we were glad the month ended with the Pchum Ben holiday so we could all get a well deserved break!

In Long Beach, California, the first annual Cambodia Town Film Festival took place during September. The 3 day celebration of Cambodian culture and talent kicked off on the 14th of September and Tiny Toones was featured, with a screening of the song and music video ‘Anakut’.

Over on the other side of the USA, Tiny Toones dance teacher Fresh flew to Philadelphia to attend the annual Beyond Sports awards ceremony. The Beyond Sport awards exist to celebrate organizations providing empowerment and social change through sport and Tiny Toones was nominated and shortlisted for the second year in a row. Unfortunately we didn’t come first, but we would like to congratulate the winners Skateistan, who are doing amazing work with children in Cambodia and Afghanistan.

Back in Cambodia, and we have been working very hard to try and raise money for our September Dance School Challenge. We set a fundraising goal of $4000 and have been campaigning to try and meet it so we can continue our work here at the Tiny Toones center. We held a party at Showbox (photos on the website now), have been running dance classes every Saturday and have been collecting donations through our global giving  page. For more information on the Saturday dance classes and to keep up to date with all the Tiny Toones news, please like our Facebook page.