Please Select [City]

Wednesday 11th April 2018

Next month, I will be performing at Wandsworth Arts Fringe! After a fun audition on site, I have been selected to perform in Please Select [City], a new dance piece by Taiwanese choreographer Kuan-Yu Chen.

We will start creating and rehearsing the piece in two weeks, and I’m excited to work with my duet partner, Inari Hulkkonen, whom I met at the audition. Inari is from Finland and trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, in Leeds. Together, we will perform Please Select [City] 13 times over 3 consecutive weekends. Below are all of our performance dates and times, for those of you who are in, or are able to come to London:

  • Saturday 5th May 2018, 2.30PM to 3.10PM and 4.00PM to 4.40PM
  • Sunday 6th May 2018, 6.30PM to 7.10PM and 8.00PM to 8.40PM
  • Saturday 12th May 2018, 6.30PM to 7.10PM and 8.00PM to 8.40PM
  • Sunday 13th May 2018, 1.00PM to 1.40PM, 2.30PM to 3.10PM and 4.00PM to 4.40PM
  • Saturday 19th May 2018, 2.30PM to 3.10PM and 4.00PM to 4.40PM
  • Sunday 20th May 2018, 6.30PM to 7.10PM and 8.00PM to 8.40PM

Intoon Dance Audition, Wandsworth Common station, 25/03/2018

The great thing about this show is that it will be very easy to find it! If you come from central London and get off the train at Wandsworth Common Station, you will arrive on Platform 1 and won’t need to go any further: that’s where Platform 1 Gallery is, and where our performance will happen.

See you there!

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased online. More info:


Latest news from DanceWest

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Co-teaching dance sessions at the Embassy of Ireland on behalf of DanceWest, 15/03/2018

Spring is back, and I have been working for DanceWest for an entire year now! It has been a busy one, packed with teaching and learning opportunities, sprinkled with informal performances and theatre trips.

With DanceWest, I have taught and assisted sessions in schools, public libraries, studios, and even at an embassy, with participants from all ages and levels of experience (from mothers and toddlers to DanceWest’s Youth Dance Company).

This spring, I’m proud to support Ignition Dance Festival 2018:

Produced by Hammersmith-based DanceWest, Ignition Dance Festival showcases a vibrant programme from visionary choreographers who have danced for some of the biggest companies in the world. The festival, launching 16 May, will be in the Lyric Hammersmith’s main house and features a special line up of performances to celebrate Ignition’s fifth birthday. DanceWest have commissioned five previous recipients of the festival’s prestigious choreographic bursaries to present work.

The retrospective programme will include works by international artists Salah El Brogy (Akram Khan Company, Protein), Dane Hurst (Rambert Dance, Company Wayne McGregor) Thick & Tight (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Gary Clarke Company) Sally Marie (New Adventures, Royal Opera House) Tim Casson (Jasmin Vardimon, Sadlers Wells). The evening will also include announcements and presentation of Ignitions 2018 choreographic commissions recipients who will create new choreography for the Rose Theatre Kingston in June.

Ignition supports community dancers, emerging artists and mid-career choreographers to create new choreography, produced by cutting-edge dance organisation – DanceWest. Chief Executive of DanceWest and Founder of the festival Rosie Whitney – Fish said: ‘From humble beginnings the festival provides thousands of opportunities for dancers and choreographers at every stage of their career. A huge thank you to Arts Council England, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Royal Borough of Kingston for their support’ ‘Ignition is unlike any other festival and is certainly not to be missed,’ added Rosie, who has recently been recognised for her contribution to arts and culture by Hammersmith and Fulham’s Civic Honours.

The festival continues with events throughout the summer including the popular, accessible and family-friendly – Community Dance Platforms for non-professional dancers aged 6-86, giving an opportunity for everyone to present their work in a slick, short programme on stage at the Rose Theatre Kingston and Lyric Hammersmith.

More info on the DanceWest website and on the event’s Facebook page.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of work to do behind the scenes to make this event happen. Rosie is already on it, and I joined her in the office this morning. More soon!

The Place where it all begins (again)

2018-01-06 The Place IMG_5281_1024Saturday 6th January 2018

I went back to The Place this morning, and got there at 9:00am (earlier than I normally do!) ready for a new year of dancing, teaching and performing.

This term, I continue teaching my lovely little First Moves (children aged 5-7) and New Moves (aged 8-9). I was delighted to see them again and meet a few new faces. Amongst these was my new teaching assistant, Theia, who studies at LCDS. She was wonderfully supportive and took good initiatives in both of my classes. I noticed that she immeditaly established great contact with the children, which was a joy to observe. The accompanist who joined us for New Moves did a great job too.

By the way, there will be more on music and musicians in my next posts!

If you follow me through this blog, you probably know how much I love to work, take classes and meet people at The Place. Of course, there are many personal and historical reasons for this.

Dance history is something I would love to research further, teach and write about, actually. This morning, my New Movers were so eager to find out more about Martha Graham, and how and when dance positions had been codified in classical and modern dance techniques… Did you know that The Place was founded 50 years ago? And do you know what connects The Place to Graham herself? More to come on this blog throughout the year!

2018-01-06 The Place IMG_5269_1024Architecturally, there is also something quite unique about The Place. No wonder that calling it ‘The Place’ seems to be enough – as if there was only one place (for dance) in the world. Even though one side of the building looks like a perfectly normal dance school (with lots of studios, bright light coming through the windows, and attractive stretching zones), a walk down the mysterious corridors of the lower ground floor and across the cafe leads directly into the theatre! And there I was. Facing a massive poster announcing ‘Resolution – The festival for new dance’. Next to it, I felt small, but determined. Small, but proud to be a small part of it. And ready, so ready for it!

The opening night of Resolution 2018 is near, and tickets are selling fast. I hope you have you booked yours. My collaborators and I will be back at the theatre on Monday, so watch this space for more posts on #swappingshadows and #Res18!

Prochain article en français, bien sûr. L’alternance continue en 2018. A bientôt !

Happy New Year

Lundi 1er janvier 2018

Yanaëlle danse vous souhaite une excellente année 2018 ! Que l’an neuf vous porte, vous ouvre à de nouveaux horizons, et s’écoule comme un long fleuve tranquille.

Si le courant devient trop fort, ne paniquez pas : respirez profondément, laissez-vous bouger. Suivez le mouvement, et allez vers ceux que vous aimez. Prenez soin de vous, restez en bonne santé, et pour garder le cap, notez les dates importantes dans votre calendrier …

A commencer par celle du mardi 23 janvier, mon premier spectacle de l’année



Monday 1st January 2018

Yanaëlle danse wishes you a very happy New Year! Watch this space for the countdown to Resolution 2018 and more posts in French and English, alternatively.

One date to save in your 2018 calendar is Tuesday 23rd January, my first performance of the year 🙂

‘Swapping shadows’: December dates

  • Sunday 03/12, 4:30pm at Chestnuts Community Centre (North London)Tottenham Community Choir Presents: Winter Concert 2017

Just like last year, I have been invited as a guest artist to be featured in Tottenham Community Choir’s Winter Concert. This time, Shivaangee and I will show an 8-minute long excerpt of our duet to the choir and their audience. Today’s rehearsal was pretty promising… and I’m glad to say that the event is now sold out!

  • Friday 08/12, 7:30pm at the Bunker Theatre (South London)

PerMonday Club presents: Bunker Bitesforming seems to be the best way of getting ready for our official premiere in January! That is why we are going to perform part of ‘Swapping Shaodws’ again in Monday Club’s ‘Bunker Bites’, an evening of sketches, dance, short plays, film and live music. Book tickets here | 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

  • Wednesdays 13/12, 20/12 and Thursday 21/12, 12-4pm, at arebyte Gallery (East London)

Concertina at arebyte Gallery, London, 31/10/2017Pop in one of our open rehearsals at Concertina, an installation by Richard​ ​Wentworth​ ​and​ ​APPARATA. It is hosted by arebyte​ ​Gallery until the 22nd December only, and entrance is free! Sit and watch us from the staircases. Tell us what you think, or write it down on a post-it note. We would love to hear your thoughts on the piece!

Concertina​​ ​explores​ ​the​ ​social​ ​potential​ ​of​ ​art​ ​spaces​ ​and​ ​transforms​ ​the gallery​ ​into​ ​an​ ​environment​ ​for​ ​openness​ ​and​ ​discussion​ ​-​ ​hence​ ​our open​ ​call​ ​for​ ​artists,​ ​local​ ​communities​ ​and​ ​residents​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​space.​​ ​|​ ​#Concertina​ ​​|​ ​#LondonCityIsland |7​ ​Botanic​ ​Square,​ ​London​ ​City​ ​Island,​ ​E14​ ​0LG

“Swapping Shadows” : nous voilà !

Jeudi 23 novembre 2017

Aujourd’hui, c’est J moins 2 mois pour la représentation de “Swapping Shadows”, mon spectacle en cours de création pour le festival Resolution 2018, à The Place.

2017-11-23 The Place theatre IMG_4846_1024Aujourd’hui, donc, je me suis rendue au théâtre pour la session de “pré-production” offerte à tous les chorégraphes participant au festival. Nos collaborateurs étant les bienvenus, j’avais donné rendez-vous à mon équipe au 17, Duke’s Road. The Place for dance.

C’est l’occasion de vous présenter la team “Swapping Shadows” : de gauche à droite, voici Sally Somerville-Woodiwis, notre scénographe et éclairagiste, Shivaangee Agrawal, qui danse avec moi dans la pièce, et Akshy Marayen, costumière. Vous connaissez la chorégraphe !

Assises côte à côte sur les fauteuils du théâtre, nous avons passé une demi-journée intensive entre les projecteurs, hauts-parleurs, fumigènes et filtres de couleurs. Oui, la magie du théâtre était dans l’air, mais elle n’effaçait pas ma conscience des heures de travail encore à venir pour que ce projet puisse aboutir. Ces petits pincements de stress mêlé d’émotion, inévitables dans le monde du spectacle, me sont chers et précieux, bien qu’ils se fassent rares.

D’ici au 23 janvier, vous pourrez suivre l’avancement du projet sur ce blog et sur ma page Facebook. Je vous donnerai bientôt les dates de nos “previews” et répétitions ouvertes. Mes articles seront publiés en français puis en anglais, en alternance, mais n’hésitez pas à me contacter dans une langue ou l’autre pour en savoir plus !


October performance dates

Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)

Fresh from last night’s sharing at Elizabeth House Community Centre, Ruby and I are about to present our new duet ‘Et si Cécile …’ at the Blue Elephant Theatre. Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn himself came and congratulated us after the performance, so we are excited to show new audiences how Chaminade’s music inspired us!

Book tickets online for as little as £5 (concessions: £3.50)


‘Dryads’ by Irene Fiordilino (2017)

Join us and the London Consorts of Winds for an evening of dance and live music at Herne Hill School (London SE24 9LY). I will dance in ‘Dryads’, a quartet created this spring by my friend Irene Fiordilino, who studies choreography at Laban.


  • Save the date: Tuesday 23rd January 2018!

I have been selected to choreograph a piece for Resolution, The Place’s festival of new dance! My dancer friend Shivaangee and I will be creating it this autumn, and we will be on stage for one night only. For now, feel free to have a sneaky peak at our rehearsals on Vimeo:



A peine remises de la présentation d’hier soir au centre communautaire Elizabeth House, Ruby et moi sommes sur le point de présenter notre nouveau duo “Et si Cécile …” au Blue Elephant Theatre. Hier, Jeremy Corbyn lui-même est venu nous féliciter après notre performance, donc on a hâte de montrer à d’autres spectateurs combien la musique de Chaminade nous a inspirées !

Réservez en ligne pour seulement £5 (ou £3.50 si vous bénéficiez du tarif réduit, notamment pour les étudiants)


‘Dryads’ by Irene Fiordilino (2017)

Venez vous joindre à nous et aux musiciens du London Consorts of Winds pour une soirée de danse et de musique live à l’école de Herne Hill (dans le Sud-Est de Londres, code postal SE24 9LY). Je danserai dans “Dryads”, un quatuor créé au printemps dernier par l’une des mes amies étudiantes en chorégraphie, Irene Fiordilino.


  • Notez dès maintenant la date du mardi 23 janvier 2018 !

J’ai été sélectionnée pour chorégraphier une pièce dans le cadre de Résolution, le festival de nouvelles danses organisé chaque début d’année à The Place. Cet automne, je vais donc créer un duo avec mon amie danseuse Shivaangee. Nous serons sur scène pour un soir seulement ! Un aperçu de nos répétitions est disponible sur Vimeo: