Winners Announced - Ignition 2018 Choreographic Commissions!

Wednesday 16 May 2018 

The winners of the 2018 choreographic commissions were announced on Monday 14 May. The awards were presented by The Guardian’s Dance Writer, Judith Mackrell, Dance writer and critic Graham Watts, The Times’ Donald Hutera, dance writer Nicholas Minns and former Rambert Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. Five winners were selected from 390 applications. 

The winners are:

  • Avatâra Ayuso (solo)
  • Jennifer irons (solo)
  • Sam Quy (duet)
  • Kloe Dean (Trio)
  • Cameron McMillan (Quartet) 

Five years, five commissions - Ignition Dance Festival 2018

Monday 9th April 2018 


Calling all mid-career choreographers DanceWest needs you. Now in its fifth year, Ignition is west London’s only Dance Festival supported by Arts Council England, the Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Ignition supports community dancers, emerging artists and mid-career choreographers to create new choreography.

The Choreographers platform showcases a vibrant programme from visionary choreographers. The festival is able to offer five commissions to mid-career choreographers with a supportive developmental package. 

More here

Elevate Bursaries - Ignition Dance Festival 2018

Wednesday 21 March 2018

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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. More here 

Ignition Community Dance Platform - Needs you!

Monday 19 March 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 & apply here

Ignition Dance Festival 2018

Friday 16 March 2018

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Thanks to support from Arts Council England - Ignition Dance Festival is back for a fifth year! 

On the the 16 May at the Lyric Hammersmith’s DanceWest have commissioned five previous recipients of the festival’s prestigious choreographic bursaries to present work, a special line up of performances to celebrate Ignition’s fifth birthday. Stay tuned for more details on how to get involved including news on forthcoming commissions.

Read more here

Photo credit Hurriyah, Salah El Brogy photo by Roswitha Chesher 


Meet our - Classes Administrator Jemima Frankel


Friday 9 March 2018

Thanks to support from the WestWay Trust we have been able to engage a classes Administrator. Jemima is a graduate of Drama, Applied Theatre and Education from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has a background in Performing Arts Project Management and delivery, and particularly enjoys work that engages young people and families in creative movement and play based experience. Jemima has worked with multiple theatres, charities, schools and libraries exploring the arts as a medium for social engagement and impact. Jemima will support DanceWest two-days per week. 

Introducing - Bolder not Older Dance Company

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Wednesday 7 March 2018

DanceWest is delighted to announce the launch our Bolder not Older Dance Company, for West Londoners aged 55+. Following the success of our Bolder not Older classes, we have decided to launch a dance company which will meet weekly and work towards high profile performances. Under the direction of Sonia lIlescas the company celebrate the artistic integrity of older dancers and challenge preconceptions of what it means to be older. More HERE