Staff Profiles

Bill Armitage

Head of Operations & Resources

I joined DanceEast in 2011, having worked in a number of multi-arts venues for over 20 years. Having a passion for contemporary dance I was drawn from Scotland to Ipswich by the opportunity to work in this incredible building. In my role, no two days are the same, given the variety of work we do, both in and outside the DanceHouse.


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Lucy Bayliss

Head of Creative Programmes

Dance continues to be a huge part of my life and I’m passionate about the joy it can bring to others, as audiences, creators and participants; as well as supporting the development of talent at all ages and stages.


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Tom Bowes

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Manager

I studied at the University of Roehampton and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Transitions Dance Company). Recently relocated to Ipswich, I previously worked at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company in Blackpool and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. I feel very privileged to manage the fantastic Centre for Advanced Training, I am delighted to be a part of the wonderful team here at DanceEast!

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Vicky Cullum

Creative Team Coordinator

Dance has been one of my passions since I first put on a pair of tap shoes at the age of eight, and I went on to do a degree in Drama & Theatre. I’m thrilled to be back where I grew up, celebrating my love of dance and the arts at DanceEast. When I’m not dancing you’ll find me in a yoga class, exploring foreign countries or baking up a storm in the kitchen!

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Cat Dickin

Deputy Sales & Admin Coordinator

After graduating from Bodywork Company Dance Studios, I have worked as a professional dancer in films, television and theatre. I am excited to be back in my home town and to be part of the DanceEast team where I spent most of my Saturdays as a teen being a part of Suffolk Youth Dance Company. As well as working at DanceEast I am also studying for my DDE Tap and Modern teaching qualification.

Derek Gash


I was a Caretaker at Ipswich School for 23 years and a taxi driver in Ipswich for five years before joining DanceEast. When I’m not working I like spending time with my parents in Hadleigh, my wife and three cats.


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Claire Glover

Sales & Admin Assistant

I have loved the theatre and have danced from a young age, so thoroughly enjoy working at DanceEast. It’s great to meet so many different people whether they are here to participate in a class, watch a performance, or perform.


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Brendan Keaney

Artistic Director and Chief Executive

I find it hard to believe that I have worked in dance for over 35 years. I am not sure where all that time has gone, however, working here at the Jerwood DanceHouse, one of the most impressive dance facilities in the UK, is as exciting as day one.

Sophie Lander

Producer (Participation & Engagement)

Growing up in the sequined-world of Ballroom and Latin, dance was destined to be a huge part of my life and the majority of my youth was spent moving and performing. I studied Performing Arts and Psychology at the University of Winchester which kindled my interest in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, as well as community outreach and participation. I have since worked in Arts Development for local government, managed a Community and Education programme for commercial theatres and now find myself drawn back into dance and combining all the things I love. I hope as a Producer at DanceEast I can develop programmes and projects that make a difference to our communities and spread the joy of dance far and wide!

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Chrissie Moore

Producer (Participation & Engagement) [Maternity Cover]

I joined DanceEast in May 2016 after graduating from the University of Lincoln with a (BA) Hons Degree in Dance. Dance has always and continues to be a huge passion in my life and I am so excited to be working here at DanceEast. In my spare time, I play county darts, netball and enjoy a good yoga class! I also research into the relationship between Dance and Education within the National Curriculum.


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Tanya Smith

Sales & Admin Assistant

I have worked for DanceEast for seven years. It’s a very interesting role and there is always something different happening so you get lots of variety, along with meeting all kinds of people which I enjoy


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Adrian Theobald


I was born, and have lived, in Ipswich all my life. I enjoy dancing salsa and ballroom socially, going on dance holidays, and have also performed in the past. Before joining DanceEast, my working life was spent in IT, more recently in software consultancy, support, training and project management.


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Chloe Travers

Centre For Advanced Training Coordinator

My love of dance developed through my involvement in community performance projects throughout my youth. I have been fortunate to pursue this passion through my education and career so far. During my dance degree, at Middlesex University, I developed an interest in talent development and training methodologies used to enhance dancers’ performance and well-being. This led me to complete my Masters in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I have worked professionally as both a performer and dance teacher. Most recently I have been working alongside the Learning and Participation team at DanceXchange, assisting on both the South Asian and Contemporary CAT schemes there. I am thrilled to be part of the DanceEast’s CAT team and working alongside such talented students and staff.


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Alice Wade

Development Manager

I joined DanceEast in December 2014, returning to East Anglia where I grew up, having spent six years living and working in Brighton. I studied Performing Arts and completed a MA in Arts Management, embarking on a career in arts admin, finance and grant management. I thoroughly enjoy watching dance and participating, and although I have two left feet, I love to give it a go!


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Antonia Wiese

Marketing & Communication Manager

My journey with DanceEast began with the Suffolk Youth Dance Company, I then completed my Dance Studies degree at Middlesex University in 2016. I couldn’t be more excited to return to DanceEast, working in what I love every day. If I’m not dancing, I’ll be hunting down the nearest source of coffee with my nose stuck in a book.


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Helen Wright

Finance & Admin Officer

Having worked for a corporate company for over 25 years, I joined DanceEast in 2007 as a front of house assistant. I now work part time as finance officer which gives a lovely contrast to meeting people and number crunching.


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