Staff Profiles

Esther Alcock

Programme Administrator

I studied Philosophy (BA) and History (MA) at the University of Sussex, specialising in the theoretical and political issues of archiving dance and performance. Since returning to Suffolk in 2019, I’ve volunteered with Suffolk Pride, and am passionate about platforming local queer performance and culture.
I’m really excited to be part of the DanceEast team – I’m especially looking forward to contributing to the local community through the fantastic participation projects.

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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). 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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Will Bridgland

Centre for Advanced Training Coordinator

After completing my training at London Contemporary Dance School, I worked internationally as a dancer and producer with Matsena Productions, Theater St Gallen, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Before that, I trained on the CAT at The Place for five years, returning to work as a Teaching Assistant for another two years. I got so much out of attending the programme, and am always blown away by the dedication and talent of CAT students.

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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


My main interests are Genealogy, I have a large family tree and daily add more. Also I aim to do some metal detecting soon. I love history and like to visit historical buildings and landmarks both here and abroad.


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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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Ania Kapsza

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Since completing my training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, I have worked in production teams in the theatre and charity sectors, including for Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company and WildChild, a charity promoting social mobility through the arts for children and young people.

Returning to my hometown of Ipswich and to DanceEast, where I spent my weekends as a teenager is a privilege. I hope that through my role I can introduce as many people to the magic of dance as possible.


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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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Chloe Stone

Digital Primaries Project Manager

I trained at Tring Park and Trinity Laban and have taught on the Centre for Advanced Training both at DanceEast and Trinity Laban. I am Artistic Director for Trinity Laban’s Youth Dance Company and have taught primary dance outreach, developed CPD programmes, and worked with all ages and backgrounds from grassroots to degree level.

My company ‘’ has toured schools, community groups and theatres across Lincolnshire. performed in The Spiegeltent , Greenwich Dance and Bath Halls.

I performed with Transitions Dance Company, Smallpetitklein, and Combination Dance and was a featured artist for the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.

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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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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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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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