News: Dance West launches new season of classes

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Antoine Marc. Photo: Gigi Giannella

There’s always a buzz about September. London springs back to life after the long summer holidays and the new school year gets underway. It is the perfect time to dust off your motivation, get inspired and try something different.

DanceWest is a brand new dance hub based at the Lyric Hammersmith and last week it launched a new programme of contemporary dance classes. Aimed at children and young people aged between 6 and 24, classes and workshops will offer dance technique alongside performance and creative skills.
Rosie Whitney-Fish, founder of DanceWest says “It is very exciting to be launching our new classes. Providing opportunities for children and young people to learn to dance is one of our key aims.”

Contemporary dance is an expressive and energetic style that embraces lots of different ideas and encourages creativity. Classes at DanceWest will be fun and fuss-free. Parents won’t need to fork out for expensive practice clothes or dance shoes. Better still, there will be no stressful exams or stuffy assessments at the end of term.

Rosie and her team are passionate about making contemporary dance accessible to communities in West London. Central to this is providing affordable, high quality dance teaching. Classes cost £8 on a pay as you go basis (or £6 if paying in advance for the term). Children and young people on DanceWest courses will be learning from some of London’s best dance artists and choreographers.

Mbulelo Ndabeni – former dancer with Rambert – will be leading a half-term workshops for young adults. “I am excited to deliver this workshop,” says Mbulelo, “to share my skills as both a performer and choreographer and inspire the younger generation.”

“I believe dance can bring huge benefits in terms of well being and vitality,” says Bryony Williams, West London based dance artist. “It’s a great way to explore your creativity, as it is experiential and has immediate, positive results.”

The future looks bright for DanceWest. From 2016 regular classes for adults and the under fives will also be available and a huge programme of community and schools projects. “Whether you are one or 100, we want everybody to have the chance to participate,” says Rosie. As well as classes, DanceWest is keen to support young people to take part in performances. “Having an opportunity to perform is really important. It brings to life everything you’ve learnt in the studio and dancing in front of an audience is a big achievement.”

While there are plenty of excellent local dance schools offering ballet, jazz and hip hop in Hammersmith and neighbouring boroughs, DanceWest is determined to provide something different. Their new programme of affordable and high quality contemporary dance classes is a welcome addition to the dance scene in West London.

For information about classes and how to book, email Jo Whittaker or visit www.dancewest.co.uk


Words: Philippa Newis
Photo: Gigi Giannella
This article will also appear on Dance West’s website

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