Head of Communications & Development

Salary: £31,164 – £37,346 per annum

DanceEast is seeking an energetic professional to realise the organisation’s ambitions to grow its audiences, enhance its income and play a leading role in developing an extraordinary cultural offer in the East of England. You will be responsible for formulating key messages and maximising both earned and fundraised income You will strengthen the positioning and brand values of DanceEast, driving audience development through enhanced relationships, and communications.

You will be highly organised with the aptitude to deal with multiple priorities; and the skills to rapidly respond to changing circumstances. You will have a proven track record in marketing and communications in an arts or cultural environment; and the development and delivery of fundraising targets and plans. You will demonstrable experience of researching, developing and implementing effective audience development strategies.

Further information can be found here:

To apply, the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should ideally be completed electronically and emailed to HR@danceeast.co.uk or sent by post to Bill Armitage, Head of Operations & Resources, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW, marked “Private and Confidential”. Please note that CVs will only be considered when attached to a fully completed Application Form. Completed applications must arrive at DanceEast by 9am on Monday 5 February. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich on Thursday 8 February, and candidates should be available on this date.



Our Volunteer Ushers help us to create a safe and friendly environment, so that we can deliver a varied programme of exciting, innovative and educational works performed by both world renowned companies and community groups.

Ushers don’t just check tickets, they work as part of a wider Front of House team during performances and events; providing excellent customer service, acting as a point of contact for our audiences, and essentially supporting health and safety procedures in the event of an emergency.

Ushering at DanceEast is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and experience a diverse programme of performances from both up and coming and internationally established artists.

Most ushering shifts last between 2 and 4 hours; the majority of which would be spent in the theatre watching the performance and staying vigilant to report any potential issues, such as unauthorised filming or photography. As a general rule we would like prospective ushers to commit to 2 or more shows a season, this ensures we maintain a good standard of customer care. Each season we host a variety of events and performances, we send our ushers a list of upcoming performances and rota these shows on a voluntary basis dependant on your availability.

As a thank you Volunteer Ushers receive one complimentary ticket to a DanceEast performance of their choice (subject to availability) per 5 events ushered.

For further details or to apply please download our role description and application form and return to Jane Arkley-Crouch, Customer Services Manager at DanceEast via email jane.arkley-crouch@danceeast.co.uk or post Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW.

Enquiries for further information welcome via phone on 01473 295230 or email (as above).


DanceEast hosts a diverse programme of classes and children’s dance courses, from Hip Hop to Musical Theatre. If you have dance experience and are interested in growing your skills by assisting a professional tutor in a class environment, this could be the voluntary post for you!

Volunteer Class Assistants commit to one or more classes which take place weekly throughout term time (terms run in line with local schools), many stay with their chosen class term after term, building a great rapport with our tutors.

For further details or to apply please download our Volunteer Class Assistant – Role Description and Volunteer Class Assistant Application Form and return to Jane Arkley-Crouch, Customer Services Manager at DanceEast via email jane.arkley-crouch@danceeast.co.uk or post Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW.

Enquiries for further information welcome via phone on 01473 295230 or email (as above).


Each placement will include an insight into several departments within the organisation including Front of House, Technical, Marketing, Development and Creative Teams. Find out more.

We will be offering two placement periods in 2018:

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 April (for applicants aged 16 – 25)
Summer term (Year 10 only)

Please complete the relevant application form (click on the dates above), and return by email to work.experience@danceeast.co.uk with “FAO Nilima Banerji” in the subject field.

Application deadline: 5pm on 31 January 2018
Successful candidates contacted: 16 February 2018


DanceEast is a passionate advocate for dance and strives to support students in their professional development. DanceEast accepts requests for work placements from undergraduate and post-graduate students, aged 18 and over. All requests are carefully considered but acceptance is not guaranteed, because all placements are scheduled to support our current schemes of work.

DanceEast requires a formal letter of application from all applicants.

Please include the following in your formal letter:

Please send your letter of application to: Nilima.Banerji@danceeast.co.uk with ‘Request for work placement’ in the subject line.

DanceEast is committed to equal opportunities and actively welcomes applications from those who are currently under-represented within arts organisations. We are happy to consider adjustments to accommodate those with disabilities or additional needs.

Good luck!


We are always looking for new freelance technical staff to join our technical department at DanceEast. Ideal candidates will have experience working in professional live events, with a understanding of the techniques used in performing arts and dance. If you are interested in joining the Technical Team, please complete the Technical Team Questionnaire Form and return to technical@danceeast.co.uk


If you are a freelance dance tutor, please send your CV to alison.hartley@danceeast.co.uk