Ignition Dance Festival 2016 has been incredibly successful, we have produced several commissions, four different events at two venues and engaged record number of audiences. DanceWest will keep you informed about the progress of Ignition 2017 in the meantime please read about the work presented here


After a nation-wide search six choreographers have been selected to take part in Ignition Dance Festival. Each will create an original work premiered on Saturday 2 July at Rose Theatre Kingston. The exciting line-up promises an evening of inspiring and distinctive dance styles from notable award winning talent. 

The choreographers who participated in Ignition 2016 were: 

Salah El Brogy: Hailing from Egypt, 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.


Estela Merlos: Born in Barcelona, Estela trained at Escola de Dansa Mado and Central School of Ballet. She danced with Cannes Jeune Ballet before joining Rambert 2008-2014. She has performed internationally works by Ohad Naharin, Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela among others. as a freelance artist she has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh, Hubert Essakow, New Movement Collective and Patricia Okenwa. Estela was nominated for outstanding dancer of the year by Dance Europe Magazine in 2010.


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.

Sally Marie: Since her training at Central School of Ballet, Sally Marie has performed extensively with Protein Dance, Jasmin Vardimon, Tilted Productions, H2 and Frauke Requart. She was twice voted Best Female Performer by Dance Europe and as well as being nominated for Spotlight Award for new talent and nominated twice as Best Female Performer by National Dance Awards. She won the New Adventures Choreography Award in 2013 and the Childrens Choreography Award in 2014.


Cindy Claes: Born and raised in Belgium Cindy creates Dancehall, Krumping and Hiphop Theatre work. Choreographer and dance storyteller her performances touch people's hearst and souls through laughter and tears. Cindy was an ADAD Trailblazer in 2013-2014 and curated the first full Dancehall Theatre night at Sadlers Wells. She has also worked internationally as a performer and by setting up international dance excahnges (1000 Pieces Puzzle).

Thomasain Gulgec: Thomasin trained at Swindon Dance and Rambert School. He joined Rambert in 2003-2011 working with Javier de Frutos, Alletta Collins and Fin Walker. He received a Critics Circle Award in 2009 for Outstanding Performance in Hush by Christopher Bruce. Thomasin performs internationally as a freelance dance artist and has worked with Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Luca Silvestrini's Protein and Young Vic.

The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Kingston Council, Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston University and Lyric Hammersmith.


Community based dance groups from across London take to the Rose stage! Last year over 350 people aged 4 to 74 presented work from Bollywood to Contemporary dance! Performances from youth dance companies, schools colleges and special guests. This event promises to be a celebration event suitable for all of the family.


Simona Scotto specialises in dance education and performance for over 55’s. She is Director and founder of Counterpoint Dance Company, Rehearsal Director of Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders and an Associate Artist at Cubitt Artists.Over the last 10 years with Sadler’s Wells’ Company of Elders, Simona has worked with artists and choreographers from companies such as Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures, Hofesh Shechter, Jasmin Vardimon, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance and Richard Alston. And her choreographic commissions for the company have been shown in theatres in London, the UK and Europe.