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DanceEast in the community

Working in the community, bringing people to dance in the DanceHouse and bringing dance to people outside the DanceHouse, is core to why DanceEast exists in the first place. From our earliest days as Suffolk Dance we have always worked to give as many people the opportunity to experience dance as possible, in Ipswich, Suffolk and beyond.

Community Projects

DanceEast has been delivering innovative community projects for over thirty years, working with a range of partners on a local, national and international level. We enjoy introducing people to dance for the first time as well as developing and refining skills in more experienced dancers.

Projects can be open or 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.

DanceEast runs several community classes across the Suffolk region, including our Movers classes for those aged over 55 years, which focuses on movement and wellbeing. Find out more about our Movers classes here. We are also continuing our successful Mini Movers classes for toddlers and their grown-ups in Hadleigh Library and Thurston Library. Our Dance from Home project continues in care homes across Ipswich, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, as well as our Care to Dance programme for those living with dementia and their carers, and we’re proud to continue working with English National Ballet to deliver Dance for Parkinson’s, and Inside Out Community to deliver Moving Minds.

For more information, have a look at our news page!

teacher in yellow tshirt with girls holding her arms in second position
elderly ladies dancing with their arms in the air
children and adults grouped around a book on the grass
elderly people sitting in a group