The Red Shoe Appeal for the Jerwood DanceHouse
The Red Shoe Appeal was a fundraising campaign that secured the £8.9 million needed to build the Jerwood DanceHouse, at the former Cranfields Mill site on the Ipswich waterfront, the largest urban regeneration project in the East of England.
This new centre for dance is both an architectural and cultural beacon. The state of the art, custom-built facilities are designed to meet the needs of everyone - whether tiny tots taking their first steps or seasoned professionals. In September 2009 the DanceHouse opened its doors to the community, with classes for all ages and abilities, and performances by national and international dance artists.
'It's important that Ipswich and Suffolk have somewhere like this - where people can see top-quality dance performed, and participate too. This is an asset for the town and county.' Ruthie Henshall, Performer
A dance house open to all
The Jerwood DanceHouse is good for the arts because allows DanceEast to continue encouraging the region's next generation of brilliant dance artists. The DanceHouse has also bought some of the world's greatest dance companies to the area.
This fantastic venue is also an asset for the community because people who have access to creative expression have more self confidence, energy and goodwill to give back into society.
Arts Council England East
East of England Development Agency
Ipswich Borough Council
Suffolk County Council
Plus many other private donors, businesses, trusts and foundations.
The DanceHouse is set to become one of the UK's key national dance houses.
The Red Shoe Appeal donors