Our Volunteer Ushers help us to create a safe and friendly environment, so that we can deliver a varied programme of exciting, innovative and educational works performed by both world renowned companies and community groups.

Ushers don’t just check tickets, they work as part of a wider Front of House team during performances and events; providing excellent customer service, acting as a point of contact for our audiences, and essentially supporting health and safety procedures in the event of an emergency.

Ushering at DanceEast is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and experience a diverse programme of performances from both up and coming and internationally established artists.

Most ushering shifts last between 2 and 4 hours; the majority of which would be spent in the theatre watching the performance and staying vigilant to report any potential issues, such as unauthorised filming or photography. As a general rule we would like prospective ushers to commit to 2 or more shows a season, this ensures we maintain a good standard of customer care. Each season we host a variety of events and performances, we send our ushers a list of upcoming performances and rota these shows on a voluntary basis dependant on your availability.

As a thank you Volunteer Ushers receive one complimentary ticket to a DanceEast performance of their choice (subject to availability) per 5 events ushered.

For further details or to apply please download our role description and application form and return to Jane Arkley-Crouch, Customer Services Manager at DanceEast via email jane.arkley-crouch@danceeast.co.uk or post Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW.

Enquiries for further information welcome via phone on 01473 295230 or email (as above).


DanceEast hosts a diverse programme of classes and children’s dance courses, from Hip Hop to Musical Theatre. If you have dance experience and are interested in growing your skills by assisting a professional tutor in a class environment, this could be the voluntary post for you!

Volunteer Class Assistants commit to one or more classes which take place weekly throughout term time (terms run in line with local schools), many stay with their chosen class term after term, building a great rapport with our tutors.

For further details or to apply please download our Volunteer Class Assistant – Role Description and Volunteer Class Assistant Application Form and return to Jane Arkley-Crouch, Customer Services Manager at DanceEast via email jane.arkley-crouch@danceeast.co.uk or post Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW.

Enquiries for further information welcome via phone on 01473 295230 or email (as above).


Each placement will include an insight into several departments within the organisation including Front of House, Technical, Marketing, Development and Creative Teams. Find out more.

Applications for Work Experience 2018 are now closed. Applications for work experience in 2019 will open in October 2018.


DanceEast is a passionate advocate for dance and strives to support students in their professional development. DanceEast accepts requests for work placements from undergraduate and post-graduate students, aged 18 and over. All requests are carefully considered but acceptance is not guaranteed, because all placements are scheduled to support our current schemes of work.

DanceEast requires a formal letter of application from all applicants.

Please include the following in your formal letter:

Please send your letter of application to: Nilima.Banerji@danceeast.co.uk with ‘Request for work placement’ in the subject line.

DanceEast is committed to equal opportunities and actively welcomes applications from those who are currently under-represented within arts organisations. We are happy to consider adjustments to accommodate those with disabilities or additional needs.

Good luck!


We are always looking for new freelance technical staff to join our technical department at DanceEast. Ideal candidates will have experience working in professional live events, with a understanding of the techniques used in performing arts and dance. If you are interested in joining the Technical Team, please complete the Technical Team Questionnaire Form and return to technical@danceeast.co.uk


We are always looking for new dance artists / teachers to join our cover list or connect with us for any future opportunities. The ideal dance artist / teacher will have experience of working in community engagement, have appropriate dance teaching/facilitating experience and relevant teaching qualification, and be based in the Eastern region. Please send your most up-to-date CV and a statement of interest to Alison.hartley@danceeast.co.uk.



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