Ignition Dance Festival celebrates new work and community dance in its fifth anniversary


Ignition Dance Festival returns to the Rose Theatre in Kingston on 15 and 16 June to celebrate its fifth anniversary, where winners of this year’s choreographic commissions will showcase their work.

The dance styles will range from contemporary to hip hop, ballet and flamenco, reinforcing the festival’s unique remit of embracing all colours of the dance spectrum.

This year’s winners were announced at a launch event at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith on 14 May by various dance writers including the Guardian’s Judith Mackrell, Graham Watts, The Times’ Donald Hutera, Nicholas Minns and Mark Baldwin.

The five winners Avatara Ayuos (solo), Jennifer Irons (solo), Sam Quy (duet), Kloe Dean (trio) and Cameron McMillan (Quartet) were selected from 290 applications and will create new work for the Choreographers Platform at the Rose Theatre on the evening of the 15 June.

Councillor Malcolm Self, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Heritage at Kingston Council, said:

“Ignition Dance Festival is a brilliant blend of professionals and community groups coming together to celebrate the power and beauty of dance.

“The Ignition Dance Festival is one of many events taking place in Kingston with the aim to encourage creativity and culture across the borough, and inspire more people to get involved in the arts.”

The festival also includes a dance exchange with students from Kingston University who will be participating in dance workshops with the winning choreographers.

In addition, community dance groups of all ages and abilities will take to the stage at the Rose for two dance showcases at 1pm and 5pm on 16 June. Four Emerging Artists bursaries have been awarded to create new work for these performances, which sees inclusive groups, from the age of 6 to 86, coming together in one dynamic celebration of dance.

Ignition is West London’s only dance festival and is supported by Arts Council England, the Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Co-founded by Rosie Whitney Fish from cutting edge dance organisation DanceWest and Kathryn Woodvine, Arts Commissioner for Kingston Council, the festival has grown to encompass two venues, the Lyric Hammersmith and Rose Theatre in Kingston.

To book tickets to see any of the perfomances on 15 or 16 June , please contact the Rose Theatre box office at 020 8174 00980 or visit

Ignition Dance Festival – Community Dance Platform

Dynamic MC, Hakeem Onibudo, will once again be presiding over Ignition’s community dance extravaganza. Featuring the brightest and best dance talent, this high octane event is sure to get everyone moving!

Saturday 16 June - Rose Theatre Kingston 13.00

  • Glitch  
  • Yuva Gati
  • Meadlands Primary School
  • Corali Dance Company
  • Tiffin Junior Dance Company
  • Hounslow Creative People & Places
  • Damn Fine Dance and Thomas Page Dances
  • Break a leg
  • Richmond College
  • Heston Community School
  • Kristi Dance Academy
  • Baraca Flamenca
  • BalletBoyz - Movement Warriors & The Amazings

Saturday 16 June - Rose Theatre Kingston 17.00

  • Kaleidoscope Youth Dance
  • SOAS - Purple A
  • Base Box
  • NLPAC Youth Company
  • Leap of Faith
  • Ricards Dance Collective
  • Kirti Kala Mandir
  • Rambert School
  • Zoo Nation Academy of Dance
  • Rhiannon Brace Dance Company
  • Clifford Dance Studio
  • Daisy Roots
  • Kingston College
  • Pineapple Dance Studios with Maria Yacoob