Staff Profiles

Jane Arkley-Crouch

Customer Services Manager

I studied for a BA in Modern Drama with an emphasis on physical theatre & devised work, I moved back to my local area temporarily to work in hospitalities, met my husband, fell in love and didn’t move back to London. I’ve now found myself at DanceEast, blending my experience of the arts and hospitalities.


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Bill Armitage

Head of Operations & Resources

I joined DanceEast in 2011, having worked in a number of multi-arts venues for over 20 years. Having a passion for contemporary dance I was drawn from Scotland to Ipswich by the opportunity to work in this incredible building. In my role, no two days are the same, given the variety of work we do, both in and outside the DanceHouse.


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Nilima Banerji

Creative Team Co-ordinator

I trained with DanceEast as part of the “Scholars Scheme” and then studied at Rambert. I worked as a professional dancer before a serious injury cut short my performing career. Dance is my passion so I am delighted to join the DanceEast team.

Lucy Bayliss

Head of Creative Programmes

Dance continues to be a huge part of my life and I’m passionate about the joy it can bring to others, as audiences, creators and participants; as well as supporting the development of talent at all ages and stages.


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Tom Bowes

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Manager

After studying at the University of Roehampton and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Transitions Dance Company), I have recently relocated to Ipswich. Previously I worked at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company in Blackpool and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. I feel very privileged to manage the fantastic Centre for Advanced Training, I am delighted to be a part of the wonderful team here at DanceEast!

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Susannah Burke

Creative Team Co-ordinator

I have worked at DanceEast for 15 years. My current role supports the professional artistic performance programme and I also project manage the Rural Retreats. When not at work, I juggle a husband, two children and a passion for Body Combat classes!


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Genevieve Clarke

Front of House Assistant

After returning home to Ipswich from touring Europe doing Repertory Theatre, I am thrilled to join such a creatively exciting and innovative company. Having trained as an actor at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on their BA course and then furthering my training in Musical Theatre during my Masters at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, DanceEast celebrates everything that the arts stand for and is an excellent facilitator for training within the community and the industry. When not in the Box Office you’ll find me baking in the kitchen while belting out showtunes.

Jonny Coulson

Technical Manager

I joined DanceEast in April 2016, after working with Dein Perry’s ‘Tap Dogs’ on tour. I came into the industry through work experience and went on to gain most of my experience working in professional theatre. I enjoy all aspects of performing arts as no two days are ever the same.


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Vicky Cullum

Development Assistant & Assistant Customer Service Manager

Dance has been one of my passions since I first put on a pair of tap shoes at the age of eight, and I went on to do a degree in Drama & Theatre. I’m thrilled to be back where I grew up, celebrating my love of dance and the arts at DanceEast. When I’m not dancing you’ll find me in a yoga class, exploring foreign countries or baking up a storm in the kitchen!

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Mary Davies

Core Tutor

Mary Davies began her career in Europe working alongside directors and choreographers in theatre-based dance. As a freelance artist she teaches and choreographs within the community and continues to deliver on a variety of projects. Her role within DanceEast is as Artistic Director for both EncoreEast and Dance Unlimited. She also delivers the movement classes for the older dancer and regularly teaches contemporary technique.


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Helen Dawson

Producer (Performances & Events)

I’ve recently moved to Ipswich after spending the last few years working in Dance in Derby following my Arts Management degree at DeMontfort University. I’m thrilled to be part of the Creative Team at DanceEast. Outside of work I love exploring the great outdoors and couldn’t live without tea, biscuits and books!


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Joyce Edwards

Front of House Assistant

I joined DanceEast in 2000 and was on duty, in protective clothing, for the first class to be held in the new DanceHouse. I enjoy meeting the many people who attend our classes.


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Beth Fisher

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Having recently completed my undergraduate studies in Dance Performance at Middlesex University, I am excited to be back where I grew up and working at DanceEast. Dance has always and continues to be a passion of mine, so working in an organisation that celebrates all things dance is a dream come true!

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Sarah Franklin

Core Tutor

I have been a Dance Artist for over 25 years teaching, choreographing and performing. I enjoy the challenge of creating new work, as I love to sow a seed, watch imaginations ignite, and share in the joy of dancing.​


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Derek Gash


I was a Caretaker at Ipswich School for 23 years and a taxi driver in Ipswich for five years before joining DanceEast. When I’m not working I like spending time with my parents in Hadleigh, my wife and three cats.


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Claire Glover

Front of House Assistant

I have loved the theatre and have danced from a young age, so thoroughly enjoy working at DanceEast. It’s great to meet so many different people whether they are here to participate in a class, watch a performance, or perform.


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Lizzie Hawes

Assistant Customer Service Manager

Having completed my postgraduate study in community dance at Trinity Laban in Greenwich I am so excited to be back in the Jerwood DanceHouse re-establishing my role as the DanceEast Fairy! You can find me either at the Box office or in the studio dancing!


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Brendan Keaney

Artistic Director and Chief Executive

I find it hard to believe that I have worked in dance for over 35 years. I am not sure where all that time has gone, however, working here at the Jerwood DanceHouse, one of the most impressive dance facilities in the UK, is as exciting as day one.

Lynnette King

Core Tutor

After graduating from Laban I have been working in the field of dance, both as a teacher and choreographer, for over twenty years, and have recently qualified as a Movement Therapist. I love cycling and walking my dog Basil in Suffolk which often inspires my work.


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Steph Licence

Finance & Admin Officer

Being born and raised in Ipswich, I have never strayed far from home. I’ve worked in finance for 10 years where I’ve gained invaluable experience and an AAT qualification. In my spare time I enjoy yoga and will never pass up the opportunity for a little boogie (although nowhere near a professional standard!)


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Chrissie Moore

Creative Team Coordinator

I joined DanceEast in May 2016 after graduating from the University of Lincoln with a (BA) Hons Degree in Dance. Dance has always and continues to be a huge passion in my life and I am so excited to be working here at DanceEast. In my spare time, I play county darts, netball and enjoy a good yoga class! I also research into the relationship between Dance and Education within the National Curriculum.


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Caroline Mummery

Core Tutor

I am thrilled and honoured to have been a part of the DanceEast journey. I teach, choreograph and nurture young talent, and am often amazed at the creative intensity of working with people, of all ages, who love to dance.


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Karen Pratt

Front of House Assistant

I graduated from my Dance degree at Roehampton in 2012 and completed my PGCE at UCS in 2014, and have since worked in various dance settings; teaching, creating, performing and building my love and knowledge for dance more and more. I’m thrilled to be a part of the DanceEast team and share my enthusiasm for the arts with more people!


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Maggie Powell

Venue Hire Co-Ordinator

I am lucky enough to introduce new visitors to our amazing spaces every day. Although I have a degree in contemporary dance, most of my career has been spent in sales and recruitment so joining the team at the DanceHouse has really felt like coming home!


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Tanya Smith

Front of House Assistant

I have worked for DanceEast for seven years. It’s a very interesting role and there is always something different happening so you get lots of variety, along with meeting all kinds of people which I enjoy


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Adrian Theobald


I was born, and have lived, in Ipswich all my life. I enjoy dancing salsa and ballroom socially, going on dance holidays, and have also performed in the past. Before joining DanceEast, my working life was spent in IT, more recently in software consultancy, support, training and project management.


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Alice Wade

Development Manager

I joined DanceEast in December 2014, returning to East Anglia where I grew up, having spent six years living and working in Brighton. I studied Performing Arts and completed a MA in Arts Management, embarking on a career in arts admin, finance and grant management. I thoroughly enjoy watching dance and participating, and although I have two left feet, I love to give it a go!


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Antonia Wiese

Marketing & Communications Officer

My journey with DanceEast began with the Suffolk Youth Dance Company. I then completed my Dance Studies degree at Middlesex University in 2016. I couldn’t be more excited to continue growing with DanceEast, working in what I love every day. If I’m not dancing, I’ll be hunting down the nearest source of coffee with my nose stuck in a book.


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Helen Wright

Finance and Front of House Assistant

Having worked for a corporate company for over 25 years, I joined DanceEast in 2007 as a front of house assistant. I now also work part time as a finance assistant which gives a lovely contrast to meeting people and number crunching.


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