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Verona Patterson

Founder / Director/ Teacher /Choreographer / Lecturer/Mentor

Verona  is the Founder and Co-Director of Ignition Dance Company which hosts under its umbrella Jamercise Fitness, IDC Performance group and CAOS Academy for Youth.  As a Dancer Verona is experienced in a variety of dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin, Street and Lyrical.  However when teaching and Choreographing Verona  specialises in Street , Lyrical,  African and Caribbean dance styles.  Verona has worked steadily as a Teacher since 2007 for various agencies and organisations which has resulted in her working at many schools, colleges, universities and community clubs.  Institutions include Kingston University,Southampton University,  Queens Gate, Lewisham College, Queen Mary University and Newham College to name a few.


Verona’s former services also included her employment with Royal Academy of Dance, Step Into Dance, Greenwich Dance Agency  where she taught Street and Afrobeats  Dance for  Youth in Primary and Secondary Schools across the UK. Being  an active member within the fitness industry Verona has contributed towards influencing companies and gyms to incorporate Afro Beats fitness where they may have not once considered it before.  


Verona was a former core member of FFI (Director Hakeem Onibudo of Impact Dance Company) where she regulary taught and performed at various events which have recently included Dance 4 Change (Launch), Peckham Pulse, May 2014 (dancer and teacher), DIVERCITY, Greenwich Dance, April 2014 (dancer), Harrow's Laughing, Harrow Arts Centre, March 2014 (dancer) Live Vibe Make it Happen, Rich Mix (June 2013 Work experience).   She also lends herself to other companies who may wish to employ her services outside of Ignition Dance Company.

Most recent Credits:

Dancer in Ojo, Theatre Production at Theatre Peckham - 2021

Actress and dancer in Run It Back Theatre production at Fairfield Halls - 2021

Choreographer for 'Digging'  Film 4 commissioned Sci-Fi short film - 2021

Battling for Life- Ignition Dance Company and Uk Dancehall Collective

Dancer for Afrobeat Artist: Ejyki Song: 'Onu'- 2019 

Dancer for Afrobeat Artist; Sweetcorn song: -2019

Dancer for Afrobeats Artists: Eegun, song: Rain-2019

Dance Fyah Jamaica: Teaching Afrobeats in Kingston Jamaica: 2019

Urban Strides Dance Company: Teaching Afrobeats

Kingston University: Afrobeats Workshop:2018

Southampton University: Afrobeats workshop: 2018

Ricards Lodge School: Afrobeats workshop:2018


Previous Employment credits include:

Fitness instructor at Solutions Health and Fitness and the Southbank Club

Part of Team London for Africa Utopia, representing Bboys from  North Africa, organised by the British Council

Guest Dance Teacher at Impact Dance Youth Summer School and Assistant Teacher at Easter School, Dancer Teacher for Pitanga Dance Company ( Eddy Vents), Katie Pearl (choreographer and Backing dancer ), Afrika Bambaata (Freestyle dancer), Missey Elliott (Support Dancer) Hammersmith Apollo, Craig David (Music Video), Ghost Face Killah UK Tour (backing dancer), Shy FX (Tour) to name a few


Work experience Credits include:

Impact Dance Company Live Vibe: Press Marketing and stage management,

InDaHouse (Director, Clara Badjado): Network Administrator

Culteral Co-operation: Network Administrator

BRIT Performing Arts School: GCSE Dance

Union Dance Company: Press and Marke

Verona Patterson
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