Newington Dance Space is an artist-led organisation offering a range of opportunities for emerging and established artists and to our local community. 

Located in multicultural area of Hackney - one of London's most diverse districts and home to young families and professionals - NDS reflects this area's community spirit by providing a friendly environment where different groups can meet. 

Newington Dance Space was founded in 2008 originally as a dance studio. In 2018 we are focusing mainly on children and young people activities. Our popular Creative Mash workshops are run under a new company Creative Mash Ideas. 

Newington Dance Space: Company Number: 06502597/ Registered in England and Wales

Creative Mash Ideas: Company Number 09818902/ Registered in England and Wales

Dana Hillier Kolesarova: Founder and Director of Newington Dance Space/ Project Coordinator / Dance and Drama teacher 

Dancer, teacher and performing arts project coordinator. She received her contemporary dance training in Slovakia, and throughout her career she has performed and collaborated in many projects around Europe. After settling in London ten years ago she opened her own dance school and developed a programme of creative holiday activities for children called Creative Mash. She teaches at various dance schools, nurseries and schools, and her main focus and particular area of interest is dance and movement in early years.


Ellen Pillow/ director of Newington Dance Space/ Project Coordinator/ Dance and Drama teacher 

Ellen has had over nine years experience of teaching Ballet, Tap, Street and Contemporary Dance to children of all ages around London. She has performed in and choreographed for a variety of performances and short films which have been exhibited internationally. She trained at both LABAN and Dartington College of Arts where she received a first class degree in Choreography. Ellen also works regularly in educational schools, integrating dance into the early years right up into sixth form, as a means to promote the children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. 


Frankie Walker/ / Director of Newington Dance Space/Outreach Project Coordinator/ Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher

Frankie has been working as Outreach Co-ordinator for Newington Dance Space since January 2009. She is an experienced workshop leader delivering programs of drama, yoga and creative participation courses independently in the UK, India, Spain, Australia and the Czech Republic. 

Frankie holds a BA (hons) in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts, andworks mainly as a yoga teacher. You can find out more about her yoga classes here

Mission Statement

NDS’s mission is to support the performing arts activity by providing an exciting programme of classes and events with focus on three strands of work: 
adults, children & young people  and professional artists. Our main commitments are:

 - to promote the creative potential of young choreographers, emerging dance companies, dance students and dancers from amateur to professional level.

- to encourage people of all ages to take part in art, dance, community activities and projects that promote education and wellbeing.

Newington Dance Space offers: 

Regular Classes & Workshops for adults, children, young people and professional artists.

Performance Opportunities 
for adults and children in the end of each school term and a platform for practitioners to share work-in-progress each month.

Holiday Activities 
for children aged 5-12 years during school breaks.  

Community and Outreach Projects for children and adults from the local area.