Holiday programmes

February half term 2019 programme

Monday 18 February - Thursday 21 February 2018

Perfect for 7-15 year olds who love to dance! DanceWest Half Term School is hosted at  Lyric Hammersmith and is just £80 for the week.

Join us this February half term (18-21 February) and take part in Street Dance, Contemporary, Jazz, Strictly workshops! Each day we will offer three different dance styles led by professional choreographers.

Full list of techniques:

  • Salsa

  • Popping

  • Street Dance

  • Contemporary Dance

  • Creative Ballet

  • Jazz

  • Physical Theatre

  • Ballroom

  • Yoga

Schedule for the week:


Please fill in the registration form to book or contact for more details.

Summer Holiday 2019 programme - coming soon!

Monday 29 July - Friday 2 Aug 2019 

October half term 2019 programme - coming soon!

Monday 21 October - Friday 25 October 2019

Previous holiday programmes

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Perfect for 7-15 year olds who love to dance! DanceWest Summer School is hosted at  Lyric Hammersmith and is just £60 for the week.

Join us from the 23-27 July to take part in a huge variety of dance workshops where you can learn new skills, try out new techniques and work with professional, experienced choreographers and dance artists.

Ages: The Summer School cohort will be divided into two age groups for 7-11 and 12-15 year olds with appropriate pastoral and teaching support throughout the week. 

How does the week work: The day starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm, each day you get to experience three different dance styles a day. At the end of the week we produce a sharing event for family and friends. 

What to bring: We ask that young people bring a packed lunch and are dressed in dance kit throughout the week.

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Summer school teaching team

Creative Ballet - Ella Fleetwood


Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016. She is an independent dance artist based in London. She creates her own choreographic work through her company, ella&co. Ella is passionate about community dance and teaches across a wide variety of community groups, with a particular focus on inclusivity and accessibility. Ella loves to bring dance to anyone and everyone, with play at the heart of her practice. 


Contemporary - Marina Guarneri

Born in Rome, Marina trained at Scuola di Danza Tersicore in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Dance. As a dancer Marina performed internationally before relocating to London in 2010. Marina has choreographed for the opening ceremony of the Aquatics Centre during the 2012 London Olympics, Got to Dance and several award winning productions. Marina’s aim is to create a supportive environment that improve her student’s movement quality and body awareness, while working on technique and musicality. 

DanceHall & Flowga - Ria Uttridge  


Teaching is a passion of Ria’s, the creativity and energy of people continue to inspire and highlight the value of creative education and facilitation to engage and bring communities together.  Building confidence, value and trust and aiding artistic exploration through teamwork and discovery within a safe space is a fundamental part of Ria’s teaching. Ria has taught dance and performance for the past 10 years for a range of groups, primary, secondary and sixth form, adult groups, community groups, professional dancers and non-professional performance groups, for young people in secure units and for students with severe disabilities, using a range of styles - Contemporary, Street, African, Haka, Physical Theatre and Ballet. Choreographing and devising work with students and enabling students to create and explore their own choreographic skills often working towards a performance goal.

As a dancer Ria graduated from London Studio Centre with a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre specialising in Contemporary dance, winning an award for best performer on the Intoto tour. Since 2007 Ria has toured Europe and the UK performing a diverse range of work; Contemporary, Physical Theatre, Street, Performance Art, Children’s theatre, Haka and African Contemporary work. Ria has toured with Rosie Kay Dance Company, Corey Baker Dance, Sakoba Dance Theatre, Vocab Dance Company, C-12 Dance Theatre, and danced in work by Luca Silvestrini, Arthur Pita, Gary Clarke and Eva Recacha for Birmingham Dance Exchange in addition to Anusha Lall, Tino Sehgal, Willi Dorner.  Ria has co-choreographed professional work for MOHOdance at Emerge and Pitch Platforms.

Flamenco - Sam Quy


Sam Quy is an award-winning dance tutor, freelance dance artist, choreographer and London boat woman. A child scholar at the Royal Academy of Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, Sam began dancing professionally aged eleven in Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty’s Theatre. She went on to train in Musical Theatre at Arts Educational School; graduated in MA Dance Studies (Distinction) from the Laban Centre; attained a PGCE at Greenwich University and Arte Flamenco Specialisation (distinction) from the Fundacion Christina Heeren, Sevilla. Sam is the flamenco dancer on Strictly Come Dancing and has performed over the past decade in productions at London’s Royal Opera House. 

Musical Theatre & Salsa - 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. 




Physical Theatre - Annie Lunette Deaking Foster


Movement Director and award winning Choreographer Annie, has work alongside Emma Rice, Old Vic, East London Dance, The Globe and Old Vic. 



Street Dance  - Brian Gillespie


Brian is a choreographer, dance and theatre artist who 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. 


Lyrical Contemporary - 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.

Contemporary - Yanaëlle Thiran


Yanaelle is a Belgian dancer, choreographer and dance teacher who trained at London Contemporary Dance School (UK) and Art Factory International (Bologna, Italy). She also completed a yearlong choreography course at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios under the guidance of Amy Bell. This spring, Yanaëlle performed for Kuan-Yu Chen|Intoon Dance. Her recent choreographic works were programmed at The Place’s Resolution Festival and Siobhan Davies Dance’s Next Choreography Festival. In 2017, she also presented short pieces at Blue Elephant Theatre, Hoxton Hall, the Rivoli Ballroom; performed in dance installations at the V&A Museum, Central Saint Martins and the Royal Academy of Arts. Yanaëlle collaborates with musicians, choirs, photographers and visual artists on a regular basis. A recipient of London Contemporary Dance School's Principal's Award (2015), she is also the joint winner of the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition for her collaboration with pianist Mikaela Livadiotis (2017). Yanaëlle teaches dance regularly at The Place, she also facilitates one-off workshops at Siobhan Davies Dance's Young Artists Choreography Labs, Irena Anastasia Bregu's Dance School in Greece, and the University of Westminster. 

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