About Ignite. 


Ignite is a unique youth dance development project.

Each year members of MYDC and MCDC commission professional choreographers to create new dance works with them. Members lead the whole process from shortlisting and auditioning candidates to making the final desicion on which choreographers to commission. Each commissioned choreographer follows a very different process. The project culminates in exciting public performances. Previous years performances have been at  The Borough Theatre in Abergavenny and The Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and site specific at The Dance Centre. 

For Ignite 2020 performances will take place at Abergavenny Castle grounds. 




  • Empowers MYDC & MCDC members to exercise their own creative voice.

  • Enables members to play a key role in the decision making process.

  • Increases opportunities for  dancers in the community with talent to perform.

  • Broadens and develop  members experience of dance.  

  • Initiates a new and exciting  dance project that will impact positively on dance development nationally across Wales 



IGNITE 2020 

An invitation for dance artists/choreographers to make applications to Dance Blast to create new work for its flagship community groups, Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company: MYDC). Monmouthshire Connected Dance Company: MCDC  (MCDC is a diverse ability company) and a newly formed inclusive company. The project will culminate in performances on location at Abergavenny Castle in April 2020. 

The commission is part of IGNITE 19/20 and follows several highly successful IGNITE projects, all ACW lottery funded. IGNITE aims to provide new, inventive and exciting opportunities to challenge and develop community dancers living in Monmouthshire. Previous Ignite projects culminated in highly acclaimed performances with works commissioned from, Citrus Arts, John Ross (John Ross Dance), Paul Bayes Kitcher (Fallen Angels Dance Theatre Company), Wayne Parsons, Ballet Nimba, Mathieu Geffré (NDCWales) Chloe Loftus and Lauren Poulton, Jack Philip,  Beth Powesland Kapow Dance, Karol Cwyeski and  Gwyn Emberton.

IGNITE 2020 will build on the success of past Ignite projects, developing the technical, choreographic and performance skills. 

IGNITE 2020 will commission three professional dance artists/choreographers to create three new 10-15 minute dance pieces. 

Members of MYDC and MCDC will view all applications, shortlist and audition potential candidates, then select the choreographers they wish to commission. 

Applications can apply to be considered for more than one commission. Please state which commission you wish to be considered for i.e MYDC or MCDC or Integrated  

IGNITE 2020 will culminate in public performances showcasing all the new works created for the project at Abergavenny Castle (an outdoor space) http://www.abergavennymuseum.co.uk

Guidelines for Commissions 

  1. Commissioned works to be between 10-15 minutes in length

  2. Commissioned works should be suitable for mixed audience bearing in mind factors such as age suitability and type/style

  3. Chosen choreographer MUST be available for dates listed. 

  4. The commissioning fee of £3,000 includes travel expenses, accommodation and all preparation time/creation/rehearsal time 

  5. There will be an additional budget for costumes etc.

Commission Dates 

The successful applicants will need to be available on the following dates:

MYDC commission: Mon 17 February - Friday 21 February (10am - 6pm)

MCDC commission: Every Monday 6 January - 30 March (7.30pm - 9.00pm) 

Integrated commission as follows (all Sundays):

5 and 19 January (1 - 5pm)

2 and 16 February (1 - 5pm)

1, 15 and 29 March (1 - 5pm) 

The production week is 4 -9 April. You must be available during these dates but each choreographer will be allocated one rehearsal day on site TBC. All choreographers must attend the dress rehearsal day 9th April. 

Performance dates: 10 and 11 April. You must be available to attend  on all these dates.  

If you would like more information OR TO APPLY please contact Sally Carlson Dance Blast Company Director. 

Mobile: 07515030926
email: danceblast@gmail.com  
Address: The Dance Centre, Pen Y Pound, Abergavenny


IGNITE 19/20 is made possible with a lottery grant from the Arts Council of Wales.