DanceWest - Summer School

Friday 20th July 2018 


We can’t wait to kick off our DanceWest Summer School next week! This is an exciting opportunity for 7-15 year olds to develop new skills in a huge range of dance MasterClasses delivered by industry professionals. Young people will participate in everything from Flamenco to Physical Theatre - learning original choreography and then sharing at the end of the week. The DanceWest Summer School takes place from the 23-27 July at Lyric Hammersmith. 

Bolder not Older Company - First Performance

Friday 6 July 2018 

The Bolder not Older Dance Company were commissioned to create a new work to celebrate 400 years of Hammersmith United Charities. 

The Bolder not Older Dance Company is for adults 55+ in Hammersmith & Fulham, giving access to performance and choreographic opportunities. Under the direction of Sonia Illescas the company rehearse once a week. 

An audience of 250 attended the event at St Pauls Church and the performance included choreography from a weekend intensive spent with Robert Cohan MBE. Read more, or apply to take part in the company here

Robert Cohan & DanceWest

Friday 1 June 2018 

Robert Cohan will work with the Bolder not Older company over an intensive weekender contributing towards a piece that the group are working towards – for Friday 6th July opening Hammersmith United Charities 400th celebrations. 

Robert Cohan’s influence on the development of modern dance in Britain has been considerable. Having pioneered the teaching of contemporary dance technique in Britain, he was instrumental in the development of a vast following, not only for the repertory of LCDT in the ‘70s and ‘80s but through his pioneering residencies throughout the country, which laid the groundwork for the many other British companies that have grown up in the last 20 tears. Robert will be supported by founder of the Cohan Collective and Artistic Director Yorke Dance Project - Yolande Yorke–Edgell. 

More news to follow! 

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)