DanceEast Academy facts
The DanceEast Academy is one of nine National Dance Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) aimed at young people aged 10 - 18 with exceptional potential in dance, funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
As the Academy is the most intensive and committed of DanceEast’s youth activities, training is suited to those who have aspirations to pursue a career as a dance professional.
The scheme is devised to prepare young dancers for full-time professional dance training or university.
Core teaching areas
- Creative and choreography;
- Health Education (including injury prevention, nutrition, floor barre);
- Enrichment activities (including theatre trips and workshops).
This combination of classes is intended to give students a strong basic grounding in technique and creativity, to enable them to apply to a range of vocational schools with a broad set of skills.
Dance class locations
Individual Training Plans
- Classes take place at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich on Sundays during term time with mid-week classes in Ipswich, Norwich or Cambridge. Introductory level classes take place on Saturdays.
- All students take part in intensive weekend, Easter and summer holiday workshops.
- In certain circumstances it’s possible to tailor a more individual programme for those who may have difficulty travelling to classes during the week.
Students receive an Individual Training Plan (ITP) to aid development and highlight personal goals and needs. Every effort is made to encourage students to keep a healthy balance between academic work and dance training.
Means tested grants are available to cover training, transport and dancewear costs.
Opportunities to progress in dance
Students are equipped with the skills necessary to go on to further professional vocational dance training usually at either age 16 or 18. Most dance colleges and conservatoires offer degree and other Further or Higher Education courses alongside the practical training, and careers guidance and advice is on offer throughout the course.
Contact the DanceEast Academy
The DanceEast Academy is always looking to meet talented young people who will
benefit from the training. To find out more call the team on: 01473
295230 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Rachel Cherry