About DanceEast


DanceEast is so much more than a dance class facilitator and theatre venue. Flick through these pages to find out more about our diverse programme of activities.

Artists and professionals are at the heart of our organisation and we are committed to supporting them in various ways; Associate Artist Scheme, Rural Retreats, CPD workshops, Advance Levels Classes, Choreographic Development Fund and much more.

DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years. We work with a range of partners on local, national and international projects and enjoy introducing people to dance for the first time as much as developing and refining skills in more experienced dancers.

We have a great team of hard-working, enthusiastic and DanceEast-loving staff. Click on the staff profiles to find out more about them and to get in contact.


In 2013 we celebrated our 30th anniversary – we’ve come a long way from our grassroots beginnings as Suffolk Dance, moving into the fantastic Jerwood DanceHouse, and our vision remains to provide the best quality dance opportunities to everyone in Ipswich, across Suffolk and beyond.

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The DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) offers high-quality training to young people aged 10 – 18 years with exceptional talent and potential in dance from the East of England. CAT is part of a national programme supported and developed by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme.

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BA Hons Dance Degree

Our BA (Hons) Dance programme is the first two-year work-based dance degree in the UK, representing a unique partnership between the University of Suffolk and DanceEast, with the flexibility for you to start in September or January.

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Associate Artists

DanceEast works with a range of artists and dance companies across the UK and internationally. One of the ways we do this is through the DanceEast Associate Artists scheme which is a bespoke way of working – individually tailoring packages to meet the needs of each person.

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Opportunities for Professional Artists

Artists are at the heart of our organisation and we are committed to supporting Professional Development at all levels from dance student, to graduate, to dance teacher and to artist.

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Community Projects

Large scale, community projects are our speciality and we love bringing new dancers together with professionals to create, rehearse and perform in these spectacular productions.

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Find Us

Here is some useful information about how to find us and where to park!

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Staff Profiles

Meet our friendly team! Here you can find out a little bit more about each staff member and their role at DanceEast.

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We work with lots of fantastic organisations on our many different projects, events, programmes and performances. You can read more about each of these here…

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MOKO Dance

MOKO Dance is a national dance partnership dedicated to opening the eyes of children and their families to the power of dance.

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Come and work for us! View our current vacancies and find all of the information you need including job descriptions, application forms and deadlines.

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