DanceWest the community dance organisation for West London.
DanceWest supports West London communities to engage and participate in dance. Based at the Lyric Hammersmith we are a nonprofit organisation founded in 2014 by Choreographer & Producer Rosie Whitney-Fish.
- To support new and diverse audiences to connect to dance
- To provide high quality and relevant dance activity
- To engage everyone 1-99 years
- To meet the needs of West London
- Classes: High quality and affordable dance classes led by experienced dance artists.
- Community projects: We work with communities in different settings, encouraging everyone to discover dance of all ages.
- Schools projects: We offer long-term partnerships with West London Schools, delivering dance in the curriculum and out of school hours.
- Performances: We produce a programme of high quality dance performances and events in West London.
- Network: We host a network for dance professionals, offering a direct way of connecting and supporting dance artists.
DanceWest Office team
Rosie Whitney-Fish Director & Founder: Rosie is an experienced arts professional with a resumé spanning twelve years. Working throughout England and internationally, she has managed programmes for national arts organisations and independent artists. Rosie has developed strategies and visioning for local authorities, housing associations and arts organisations. Rosie has successfully fundraised via the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and charitable trusts. Rosie holds an MA in Dance-Theatre from Trinity-Laban. As a Choreographer, Rosie’s work has been supported by Barbican, Create London, Arts Council England, Cultural Olympiad and Big Dance. Rosie has produced dance projects and programmes for Rambert, East London Dance,Southbank Centre, Lillian Baylis, and Sadler’s Wells. Her commercial work has seen her touring to Australia, Asia and Europe for television, theatre, film, fashion and commercials.
Mil Vukovic-Smart Development Manager : Mil is a policy and public affairs professional with over ten years' experience of working in the public and charity sector in support of health, science and innovation, arts, culture and creative industries. She holds an MA in Modern European Philosophy from Middlesex University and MRes in Choreography and Performance from Roehampton University. Mil supports DanceWest fundraising and organisational development two-days per week.
DanceWest Teaching team
We have a team of talented and professional freelance dance teachers. DanceWest carefully select and contract the teachers for each project. All artists have a DBS check and their own insurance. We also support each teacher with an assistant who supports to deliver the activity.
Sonia Illescas: Sonia is an experienced Dance teacher and Choreographer specialising in Movement adaptation. She enjoys providing dance training to any-body and every-body, regardless of age and or abilities. For the past ten years Sonia has been teaching the principles of Ballet and Contemporary dance technique to older adults with and without disabilities. Sonia also has experience of delivering projects for vulnerable adults with particular needs with different conditions including: Dance for Dementia (English National Ballet, Age UK & Alzheimer's Society) Dance for Parkinson's (Rambert), Stroke recovery (London Hospitals) and Amputee outpatients (Queen Mary's Hospital).
Charlene Low: Born in Penang, Malaysia Charlene moved to West London aged five where she discovered she had congenital scoliosis with a fused lower lumbar vertebrae. She fell in love with dance whilst training in Shaolin King Fun. She went to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and now specialises in integration in Performing Arts.
Corinne Meredith: Corinne Meredith is an experienced dance artist working with the community. Corinne delivers dance for Schools, Nurseries and Higher education. Corinne has delivered inclusive dance projects for young people and adults. Corinne has a Masters Degree in Text and Performance studies from RADA and Kings College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban. Corinne is also Creative Support Artist for the 2016/2017 National Youth Dance Company at Sadler's Wells.
Brian Gillespie: is a choreographer, dance and theatre artist. Brian has created commissioned works and performances for festivals/organisations including; The O2 Arena, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance Film Festival UK, FLAUNT (USA), East London Dance, Emerge, Collabo14 (Avant Garde Dance - London and Bournemouth), Barrowland Ballet, Cloud Dance Festival, ICON, Cloud Dance Sundays, Big Dance UK, Dance Woking and more. Performance credits include: Sadler's Wells, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Summer Rites Pride in the Park, Barrowland Ballet, Avant Garde Dance, SUNS, ALIAS LDN, Geste Records, Laugh Dance, Columbia College Chicago, among others. Teaching credits include: Royal Academy of Dance, Pineapple Dance Studio, Studio 68 London, Visceral Dance Chicago, East London Dance.
Angeline Morgan-Welsh: Angeline is a community dance artist with a wide range of experience including parent and toddlers, early years, school children, adults and over 60s. She has worked with dance inclusive projects and currently works for Trinity Laban’s Dance Ability team which provides creative dance classes to children with complex needs or disabilities. She has a post graduate diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban, and was recently accepted onto OVUTURE a national training programme under Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company.
Maria Yacoob: Maria is a choreographer and dance teacher. She works across screen and stage in a variety of styles. She enjoys making expressive dance with a strong narrative drive, and loves working as part of a theatrical team. Maria is able draw upon a wide range of dance skills and experience in her choreography. As well as contemporary, jazz and ballet, Maria uses tap, acrobatics, basic ballroom and latin, Argentine tango, and swing.
Ryan Munroe: West Londoner Ryan trained at London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 2013. Since then Ryan has taught dance for Italia Conti, Barbican, in schools and the community. Ryan is a passionate teacher and choreographer and loves getting everyone moving.
Salah El Brogy: Hailing from Egypt, West London based performer and choreographer Salah El Brogy is a graduate of Cairo Opera House Contemporary Dance Theatre School. From 2010-2012 Salah worrked as a lead dancer for Akram Khan Company Vertical Road and upon finishing the productions run he opened Salah El Brogy Company. Salah has been nominated for London's Emerging Choreographer Award in 2015.
Amy Robinson: Amy Robinson trained at Roehampton University gaining a BA Hons in Dance Studies before going on to complete an internship at TrinityLaban conservatoire. She now works as a Contemporary Dance Artist choreographing, and teaching technique and creative dance on behalf of TrinityLaban Conservetoire, Greenwich Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, East London Dance, and Chisenhale Dance Space. She has previously choreographed youth dance works for Bonnie Bird Theatre (TrinityLaban), The Painted Hall (Greenwich), Eltham Palace and The National Maritime Museum with Greenwich Dance and contributed to Big Dance (Trafalgar Square).
Kate Mummery: Kate trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and at The Place. Since graduating Kate has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, performing with companies such as State of emergency, Tavaziva Dance, Shane Shambhu, Avant Garde, Carnesky's Ghost Train and Mimbre. In addition Kate has participated in a number of wide range of R&D projects with artists such as Freddie Opoku-Addaie(choreodrome,) Leila McMillan (blue print and resolutions) Bonnie Oddie (Jackson Lane). Kate is also a qualified reps level 2 and 3 personal trainer and is certified by premier international training.Kate’s teaching and choreographic experience includes work for Rambert Dance Company, Random Dance, East London Dance, London Studio Centre, The Place, Dance City, Sadlers Wells and University of Cumbria.
Deborah Galloway: Deborah has thirty years professional experience working within movement, dance, theatre and music. Deborah trained at the Royal Ballet School and has a Drama degree from Manchester University and a Professional Diploma from Trinity Laban. Deborah has collaborated with Rambert Dance Company for nine years as assistant Choreographer to Mark Baldwin. Deborah has worked extensively with performers under the age of twenty five years and brings a huge amount of experience, skills and professionalism to every project.
Justine Reeve: Having taught for over 20 years (including the BRIT School) across all age ranges as teacher, Head of department, Director, Consultant and Choreographer, dance education is a prominent part of Justine's Work. With desire to inspire she has written published dance resources for South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and Pearson Education. Her book 'Dance Imporvisations' was published in 2011 by Human Kinestics. She has also written BTEC syllabus for the exam board EDEXCEL both Level 2 and 3 since 2007 as well as being an A-Level Dance examiner for 10 years.
Jane Coulston: Jane is the Director & Choreographer of beyond Repair Dance, a contemporary dance company that is renowned for its contemporary movement vocabulary fused with acrobatics and unusual styling. Jane has created work for Glastonbury Festival, Sky 1's Got to Dance, BBC shorts and music videos. After graduating Trinity Laban, Jane trained further in New York at Dance New Amsterdam. Jane has studied acrobatic arts in Canada. Jane was also selected as future Dance leader for the A.B.L.E leadership program and was named as 'one to watch' by Time Out Magazine.
Mbulelo Ndabeni: Originally from Ugie, South Africa, Mbulelo Ndabeni is a London based dance and choreographer. After leaving London Studio Centre, Mbulelo joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, touring nationally and internationally with the award-winning Swan Lake for two years. In 2007, he joined Rambert Dance Company, and in his seven years there, he has performed in works by many leading choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Christopher Bruce, Javier du Frutos, Henri Oguike, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Itzik Galili, Siobhan Davies, Mark Baldwin, Henrietta Horn, Tim Rushton, Barak Marshall and Ashley Page. Mbulelo is a active teacher and has delivered programmes for Henri Oguike Dance Company,Takako Takase Dance School, ArchiTanz in Tokyo, Random Dance and London Contemporary Dance School.
Estela Merlos: Born in 1983 Barcelona, Estela is an independent dance artist based in London. She trained at Escola de Dansa Madó and at Central School of Ballet, obtaining the Solo Seal Award and touring with Ballet Central. Estela toured both nationally and internationally with Rambert Dance Company from 2008 to 2014 and as a freelance artists she has worked with companies including New Movement Collective, AVA Dance Company and Goddard Nixon. Her own work has been presented in Spain and the UK.
DanceWest Teaching Assistants
- Jordan Ajadi
- Vivianna Rocha
- Jean-Pierre Nyamangunda
- Yanaelle Thiran
- Emily Neighbour
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