DanceEast at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich waterfront
Founded in 1983 and gaining National Dance Agency status in 1994, DanceEast has grown from strength to strength, maintaining its commitment to the rural communities of East Anglia whilst developing national and international programmes.
DanceEast brings world class dance to the East of England, presenting a diverse programme of performances to widen audience experience. As well working with established choreographers/companies, DanceEast encourages emerging artists by providing training, support and performance opportunities.
DanceEast runs a variety of dance classes at the Jerwood DanceHouse
on the Ipswich waterfront, and in Suffolk. The programme includes Egyptian Belly Dancing; Hip Hop; Ballet; Jazz; Pilates and Yoga. From classes for people with additional needs through to professional Masterclasses, DanceEast promotes dance as a pastime for fun and fitness for everybody.
DanceEast coordinates a range of performance groups in Ipswich
, bringing dancers, choreographers and expert tuition, as well as opportunities to perform at national and regional platforms.
DanceEast in the community
|Work with schools
DanceEast offers a variety of activities to widen the extended schools
agenda. Resources are provided to develop the teaching of dance as part
of the national curriculum; including the Soil Dances for Key Stage 2 DVD.
Lucy Blazheva, DanceEast's Community Dance Artist has a busy schedule delivering outreach sessions in Suffolk. She also runs classes at the DanceHouse and is the tutor for Suffolk Youth Dance Company, a DanceEast Performance Group.
Find out more about what DanceEast's Community Dance Artist
is up to across Suffolk.
Dance on an international level
DanceEast aims to share experience across communities, countries and cultures. A range of partners include:
- Arthur Pita;
- Rafael Bonachela (Sydney Dance Company);
- Mark Morris Dance Group;
- TPO Company.
DanceEast produces the internationally recognised Rural Retreats
think-tanks looking at the future of the art form with existing and
future leaders in the world of dance and ballet. Previous Retreats have
brought together guest speakers from the worlds of business and sport to
share experiences with dance leaders.
Image credits: Margaret Ferreira; Mike Kwasniak
The Jerwood DanceHouse
is one of a growing number of centres for dance that have been created
to reach out to communities and act as magnets for national and
international dance artists.
This £8.9 million development is the cultural hub of the regenerated Ipswich
waterfront, and a hothouse for the development and presentation of new dance talent.
National Dance Network
With representatives from all over the UK, the National Dance Network
(NDN) is a meeting point for organisations whose main role is the
presentation, programming and commissioning of dance. The NDN also
manages the artistic direction and financial development of the annual
British Dance Edition (BDE).
European Dancehouse Network
In 2011 DanceEast became a member of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN). The network aims to promote and support the
professional development of dance artists as well as dance as an art
form, by using the experience and strengths of each network partner.