Community Projects


DanceEast host intergenerational dance workshops in Hadleigh and Stowmarket with members of the public to celebrate the towns and their community.

Lowestoft Dance Map

Members of Lowestoft community groups came together on Saturday 21 July for a performance of the Lowestoft Dance Map, an interpretation of the story of Lowestoft’s fisher girls through movement.

Reimagining Movement

DanceEast brought leading dance photographer Chris Nash to Ipswich to work with a group of young photographers and some of the best youth dance talent from the region. DanceEast theatre provided the space for two days exploring techniques for photographing movement in a range of light levels. The result is Reimagining Movement, an exhibition of a selection of the final images supported by the Arts Council of England and coinciding with the celebration of U. Dance 2018 taking place in Ipswich.

7 Schools: 1 Town

The project aimed for schools to work together to explore the benefit of culture on students with a focus on dance and movement, and to build confidence in movement teaching in the schools.

Moving Stories

DanceEast & Gecko joined forces to deliver a project working directly with deaf or disabled Children and Young People (CYP). Working with the theme ‘belonging’ the selected students created dance pieces for film which premiered at Move | Be Moved Festival in 2015.

The District Project

Through delivering projects we aim to support schools and groups in delivering unparalleled high quality opportunities to their students and members. DanceEast has a commitment to delivering projects across Suffolk, in schools and with community groups, increasing access to high quality cultural experiences and bringing communities together.

Hospice Dance Days

DanceEast and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice | Treehouse Hospice (Ipswich) have now been working together since 2012 providing a range of very diverse experiences for young people with life limiting conditions and their families at Jerwood DanceHouse, at The Treehouse and in alternative settings.

Move | Be Moved Festival 2016

Following last year’s success, DanceEast hosted their second annual community dance festival from Friday 1 – Wednesday 6 July 2016, featuring performance platforms, symposiums, project screenings and an opportunity to showcase experimental work in progress from local artists.


Big Dance

DanceEast is the Big Dance Hub for the East of England. Big Dance is a biennial festival of people dancing delivered by Foundation for Community Dance and the Mayor of London.

Our Town Dances with UNIT

This project is led by UNIT, a collaboration between choreographer Tom Hobden and film director Kate Flurrie. UNIT will work with local schools, community groups and individuals in Stowmarket and Hadleigh, encouraging storytelling and the sharing of key life moments that tie people to the town in which they live.

Little Big Dance

Little Big Dance is a new national initiative setting out to pioneer a new blueprint for creating dance with and for under five year olds.

Moving Together

Moving Together is an intergenerational project aiming to support a healthy lifestyle and promote being part of a strong and healthy community

Dance From Home

Our Dance From Home project is run at Sherrington House in Ipswich and gives the residents the opportunity to participate in great dance.

Our Community Projects

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.

Projects are sometimes open and sometimes targeted at very specific groups, sometimes short and intensive and sometimes run over long periods. We are open to new ideas and ways of working and always looking to make a difference to the lives of the people we work with and have a good time doing so.


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