Wednesday 17 May 2017
On Wednesday 17 May, the Ignition choreographers shared work in progress. Hosted by Donald Hutera the event gave the audience to chance to ask the choreographers questions, share feedback and the chance for the choreographers to test ideas in front of a large and responsive audience.
Monday 15 May 2017
We were delighted to welcome Japanese dance artist Tomomi Kosano into our Move It Mondays classes. Tomomi is the founder of an inclusive dance company in Tokyo and is here in London on a research and development visit. She came to look at our inclusive dance classes and meet with the team delivering the programme.
Monday 15 May 2017
We have produced interviews with each Choreographer for Ignition Dance Festival. Learn more about the ideas, themes and inspirations behind the work they are producing for the Choreographers Platform on Friday 16 June at the Rose Theatre Kingston. Watch them here
Saturday 13 May 2017
Our Director and Founder Rosie Whitney-Fish met Sadiq Khan and shared all things Ignition Dance Festival!
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Henri Oguike is inviting dancers to apply to audition for the creation of a new work for Ignition Dance Festival produced by DanceWest. Henri will create a group piece that will delve deeply into the rhythmic and dynamic possibilities linking choreography to music. Producing delicate nuances of the body as a natural generator of 'narratives' in the work. More here
Friday 28 April
Dancing Books our programme for pre-schoolers and their carers started this week in Hammersmith Libraries. We had fantastic numbers, great feedback and a really positive start to our programme.
Friday 28 April 2017
DanceWest collaborated with the Tri-Borough Music Hub and the Young Singers to create an opening performance for the Headteachers Conference at Central Hall Westminster.
Friday 28 April 2017
We are delighted to share the trailer for Ignition Dance Festival 2017 - Choreographers Platform!
Friday 21 April 2017
As part of our Dancing Books programme we commissioned CPD training with Early Years Dance Educationalist Jasmine Pasch. The training supported our teaching team to generate ideas for the Dancing Books programme.
Thursday 13 April 2017
After an overwhelming 80 applications to take part in the Ignition Community Dance Platform we are pleased to announce that the community groups have been selected! Hosted by MC Hakeem Onibudo Ignition's highly entertaining community dance showcase will take place across two venues in 2017 - Lyric Hammersmith & Rose Theatre Kingston. Find out who the selected groups are here
Friday 7 April
Bolder not Older is a programme for adults 65+ taking place in nursing homes, sheltered accommodation and community centres. On Friday the 7 April our nursing home partner shared work they have been developing over the term.
Monday 3 April 2017
Now in its fourth year the festival supports community dancers, emerging artists and mid-career choreographers to create new choreography. After a nation-wide search and an overwhelming 725 applications, DanceWest is delighted to announce the seven recipients of prestigious bursaries to mid-career choreographers. The line-up includes artists from a Kathak, Contemporary, Neo-classical and Dance-Theatre background producing new work for the same stage. Ignition 2017 demonstrates the extraordinary breadth, depth and diversity working in the UK today and the appetite for the festival.
Fond out who the commissioned artists are here
Sunday 26 March 2017
Over fifteen recent graduates and early career professional dancers took part in a weekend workshop led by Russell Maliphant Company dancer Dickson Mbi. The workshop looked at choreographic development and ways approach to the material in maliphantworks.
Friday 10 March 2017
Ignition Dance Festival is able to award two £500 bursaries to emerging choreographers & dance companies to create work for the Community Dance Platform. Our professionally produced Community Dance platform will be hosted with a compere and include work by community groups from across West London.
Ignition will award £500 to two choreographers or companies to create the work. One piece would be performed at the Community Dance Showcase on Saturday 3 June Lyric, Hammersmith and one piece selected for the Community Dance Showcase on Saturday 17 June at Rose Theatre Kingston.
Tuesday 7 March 2017
Calling all community dancers! Do you want to perform on stage at the Rose Theatre Kingston or the Lyric, Hammersmith? Now in its fourth year, Ignition is west London’s only Dance Festival.
Dance groups of all ages, abilities and styles are welcome, we want to showcase the talent, and diversity that west London has to offer. Each group will be given access to a technical rehearsal, a professionally produced event with top class MC Hakeem Onibudo and the opportunity to invite family and friends to a ticketed performance.
We are delighted to be able to offer community dance groups the chance to perform at either Lyric, Hammersmith on Saturday 3 June or Rose Theatre Kingston on Saturday 17 June.
More information here