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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Nilima Banerji

Creative Team Co-ordinator

I trained with DanceEast for a number of years after successfully auditioning to be part of the “Scholars Scheme.” I then trained professionally in classical ballet and contemporary dance at Rambert. After graduation, I was lucky enough to dance professionally all around the world before a serious injury cut short my career. Dance has always been and continues to be my passion so I was thrilled to join the DanceEast team in 2017. My role supports the professional artistic programme and I also manage the work experience programme, U.Dance Regional Platforms and the Young Rural Retreat. Outside of DanceEast, I juggle another busy role with Suffolk libraries, family commitments and a love of good music, books and as many theatre outings as I can cram in!


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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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Susannah Burke

Creative Team Co-ordinator

I have worked at DanceEast for 15 years. My current role supports the professional artistic performance programme and I also project manage the Rural Retreats. When not at work, I juggle a husband, two children and a passion for Body Combat classes!


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Genevieve Clarke

Assistant Customer Services Manager

After returning home to Ipswich from touring Europe doing Repertory Theatre, I am thrilled to join such a creatively exciting and innovative company. Having trained as an actor at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on their BA course and then furthering my training in Musical Theatre during my Masters at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, DanceEast celebrates everything that the arts stand for and is an excellent facilitator for training within the community and the industry. When not in the Box Office you’ll find me baking in the kitchen while belting out showtunes.


Vicky Cullum

Customer Services Manager

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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Mary Davies

Core Tutor

Mary Davies began her career in Europe working alongside directors and choreographers in theatre-based dance. As a freelance artist she teaches and choreographs within the community and continues to deliver on a variety of projects. Her role within DanceEast is as Artistic Director for both EncoreEast and Dance Unlimited. She also delivers the movement classes for the older dancer and regularly teaches contemporary technique.


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Cat Dickin

Front of House Assistant

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.

Joyce Edwards

Front of House Assistant

I joined DanceEast in 2000 and was on duty, in protective clothing, for the first class to be held in the new DanceHouse. I enjoy meeting the many people who attend our classes.


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Sarah Franklin

Core Tutor

I have been a Dance Artist for over 25 years teaching, choreographing and performing. I enjoy the challenge of creating new work, as I love to sow a seed, watch imaginations ignite, and share in the joy of dancing.​


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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

Front of House 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.

Lynnette King

Core Tutor

After graduating from Laban I have been working in the field of dance, both as a teacher and choreographer, for over twenty years, and have recently qualified as a Movement Therapist. I love cycling and walking my dog Basil in Suffolk which often inspires my work.


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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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Steph Licence

Finance & Admin Officer

Being born and raised in Ipswich, I have never strayed far from home. I’ve worked in finance for 10 years where I’ve gained invaluable experience and an AAT qualification. In my spare time I enjoy yoga and will never pass up the opportunity for a little boogie (although nowhere near a professional standard!)


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Izzi Lynch

Marketing and Communications Assistant

I joined DanceEast in 2019 after graduating from Lancaster University and returning to Essex where I grew up. I continued to dance throughout degree by performing and competing with Lancaster’s dance society. As dance has been such a big part of my life since a young age, I’m grateful to have been able to make it part of my career. When I’m not dancing, I can often be found spending far too much of my wages on tickets to plays and musicals!


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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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Caroline Mummery

Core Tutor

I am thrilled and honoured to have been a part of the DanceEast journey. I teach, choreograph and nurture young talent, and am often amazed at the creative intensity of working with people, of all ages, who love to dance.


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Karen Pratt

Front of House Assistant

I graduated from my Dance degree at Roehampton in 2012 and completed my PGCE at UCS in 2014, and have since worked in various dance settings; teaching, creating, performing and building my love and knowledge for dance more and more. I’m thrilled to be a part of the DanceEast team and share my enthusiasm for the arts with more people!


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Maggie Powell

Venue Hire Co-Ordinator

I am lucky enough to introduce new visitors to our amazing spaces every day. Although I have a degree in contemporary dance, most of my career has been spent in sales and recruitment so joining the team at the DanceHouse has really felt like coming home!


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George Rennison

Assistant Customer Services Manager

After studying Creative Writing at UEA, I have written for a variety of projects, focusing on new musicals and plays. To fund this, I have worked at local arts venues such as the New Wolsey Theatre and The Garage in Norwich, and I’m excited to be adding the wonderful DanceEast to the list. When I’m not writing, I can be found playing the piano too loudly for my neighbours, reading a book or cooking.


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Tanya Smith

Front of House 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

Caretaker & Front of House Assistant

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 and Front of House Assistant

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


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