Ignition Elevate Bursary Short list 2018

DanceWest received 70 applications for the Elevate bursaries, £500 commissions to support emerging choreographers with a brief of 'creating an accessible, aspirational performance' for the opening or closing performance for Ignition Community Dance Platform. We are delighted to share emerging choreographers who have made the 2018 shortlist they are: 

Ascension Dance Company, Chisora Agor, Shawn Aimey, Barnaby Booth, Caitlin Barnett, Charlie Brittian, Rashmi Becker, Luca Braccia/BARBERDANCE, Joshua Clark, Jeanefer Jean Charles, Counterpoint Dance Company, Christina Dionysospoulou, Pracheeti Dange, Jann Esterhuize, Brian Gillespie, Jones & Co, Andrew Race, Nicola MacDonald, Matthew Rawcliffe, Kasia Truefitt, Yanaelle Thiran, Orley Quick. 

Elevate Winners announced! 

Lyric Hammersmith - Sunday 13 May 2018

Counterpoint Dance Company - Opening

Challenging the sedate image of older people and their abilities! Using dance we create a vibrant new image of the older person by developing, sharing, promoting and performing the creative ideas of over 55s - led by Simona Scotto. 

Tomorrow's Men & Jeanefer Jean Charles - Closing

Tomorrow's Men is a groundbreaking dance organisation. Established by Jeanefer Jean-Charles it aims to encourage the engagement of boys and young men in society, at every level. The intention is to support young men build better relationships.

Rose Theatre Kingston - Saturday 16 May 2018

Caitlin Barnett Company - Opening

Caitlin trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance in 2010. Caitlin has gone on to perform with contemporary company Rhiannon Faith Dancing Theatre as well as Secret Cinema. Television credits include Honda’s HR-V Stepping commercial, The Nation’s Greatest Dance Moments,ITV’s Magic Numbers and BBC’s The Rules of Love.

Charlie Brittain & English National Ballet Seniors - Closing

Charlie is currently studying on the 'Artist in Process' professional training programme at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AT). Charlie graduated with distinction from the Professional Dance Course at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (UK), having commenced his formal training on The Place CAT scheme and been a founding member of the English National Ballet Youth Company.

Ignition Community Dance Platform 2018

Over 250 community groups applied to take part in the community dance platform! A panel, read through the applications selected the following groups to participate. There are four platforms delivered during the festival two at the Lyric Hammersmith - Sunday 13 May and two at the Rose Theatre Kingston Saturday 16 June.  Ignition Dance Festival Community Platform - features  the brightest and best dance talent, this high octane event is sure to get everyone moving! 

Sunday 13 May - Lyric Hammersmith 13.00

1. Amici Dance-Theatre 

2. Kristi Dance Academy 

3. Twickenham School Dance Company 

4. Paddington Arts 

5. Labanistas

6. London School of Ballet

7.  DanceWest Contemporary 

8. Arts Ed 

9. BD1 Youth Company 

10. Watkins Dance Associates 

11. Unique Dynamites 

12. UI Youth

Sunday 13 May - Lyric Hammersmith 17.00

1. Sage Dance Company 

2. Empty Vessels 

3. Move-it Mondays 

4. DanceWest Youth Company 

5. Tip Top Dance School 

6. Primal Dance Company 

7. English National Ballet Youth Company 

8. Gambino 

9. Tiffin senior Dance Company 

10. Unique Dynamites 

11. Elevate

Saturday 16 June - Rose Theatre Kingston 13.00

1. Glitch  

2. Yuva Gati 

3. Meadlands Primary School

4. Corali Dance Company 

5. Tiffin Junior Dance Company 

6. Hounslow Creative People & Places 

7. Damn Fine Dance and Thomas Page Dances

8. Break a leg 

9. Richmond College 

10. Heston Community School 

11. Kristi Dance Academy 

12. Baraca Flamenca

13. BalletBoyz - Movement Warriors. 

Saturday 16 June - Rose Theatre Kingston 17.00

1. Kaleidoscope Youth Dance

2. SOAS - Purple A

3. Base Box 

4. NLPAC Youth Company 

5. Leap of Faith 

6. Ricards Dance Collective 

7. Kirti Kala Mandir

8. Rambert School 

9. Zoo Nation Academy of Dance 

10. Rhiannon Brace Dance Company 

11. Clifford Dance Studio 

12. Daisy Roots

13. Kingston College 

14. Pineapple Dance Studios with Maria Yacoob

Applications now closed - Ignition Community Dance Platform 2018

Ignition Dance Festival is seeking Community dance groups to take part in this year’s festival at Lyric Hammersmith and Rose Theatre Kingston.

Produced by DanceWest the festival showcases the diversity and talent of Community Dance in West London. We are seeking an array of dance groups regardless of age, ability and style to take part! Thanks to support from Arts Council England, Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham we are able to offer four community dance platforms!

Take part on

  • Sunday 13 May 2018 - Lyric Hammersmith – 13.00 or 17.00
  • Saturday 16 June 2018 - Rose Theatre Kingston 13.00 or 17.00

Who can apply? 

Community Dance groups - For example, schools, youth dance & older adults’ groups. 

All ages welcome - Previous participants have been aged 6-86 years old!

Group size - Minimum of 5 dancers and a maximum of 30.

All style & genre of dance - We welcome all dance styles. 

Open to Groups from across London, priority will be given to West, North-West, South-West and outer London boroughs.

What’s included? 

●      Each group will get a chance to perform on stage at the Lyric Hammersmith or Rose Theatre Kingston

●      The events will be professionally produced by the team at DanceWest

●      Access to a technical rehearsal

●      Flyers and posters to promote the event

●      The opportunity to invite family and friends to a ticketed performance

●      A film of your group’s performance.

How to apply? 

●      Request an application form: admin@dancewest.co.uk  

●      On the form select a preferred venue Lyric Hammersmith or Rose Theatre.

●      Return form as soon as possible - deadline Friday 30 March 2018.

●      Dance groups will be notified if they have been selected by Friday 6 April 2018.

●      Each selected group will be asked to donate £30.00 towards the cost of delivering the festival paid by Cheque to DanceWest. 


Applications now closed - Elevate bursaries for emerging artists

Ignition Dance Festival – is seeking applications from emerging choreographers & dance companies to create an opening or closing performance for the community dance platforms at the Lyric Hammersmith or Rose Theatre Kingston. Thanks to support from Arts Council England, Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham we are able to offer four commissions of £500. 

The commission would appeal to emerging choreographers and dance companies that are looking are looking for their first or early commission, building performance history and gaining valuable experience. The work created should be accessible, aspirational, fun and performed by four or more dancers.

Apply to create an opening or closing performance for:

Sunday 13 May 2018 - Lyric Hammersmith

Saturday 16 June 2018 - Rose Theatre Kingston

Bursary: DanceWest will award £500 to four recipients. Two to create work for the Lyric Hammersmith and two for the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Who can apply: Emerging choreographers and emerging dance companies of all ages.

Choreographers’ Companies where this would be a first or early commission. 

Choreographers and Companies working in all genres.

How to apply: Request the application form: admin@dancewest.co.uk

Return the completed application to DanceWest by Friday 6 April 2018

Bursary awarded by Friday 13 April 2018.

More information: www.dancewest.co.uk