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15 Aug 2018


On Saturday 18 August DanceEast will present a diverse programme of dance and street performance for Ipswich Maritime Festival, inviting festival goers to get dancing, with a stage on the Ipswich Waterfront.

A free yoga class will get the day off to a harmonious start taking place on the stage outside the Jerwood DanceHouse. Led by Katharine Lawrence who teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga –  participants will enjoy the flow and energy of the practice.

The DanceEast stage will be compered by Sarah Blanc, from the fresh all-female dance theatre company, Moxie Brawl, who create work for the outdoors. Grab the opportunity to see a scratch performance of Sarah’s new work for the company: a rare chance to see professional dance at the creation stages.

Pemberton and Hague will present their Gangster Circus Walkabout – an interactive roaming performance starting at the Jerwood DanceHouse that will progress along the historic Waterfront. Pemberton and Hague are captivating jugglers, dancers and entertainers who bring the stylistic spirit of the early twentieth century Italian American Mob combined with a comedy twist. “Bugsy Malone” meets “Whacky Races” … smiles and laughter are guaranteed.

Buckle up and join Glass House Dance for their Time Machine Disco, a participatory street performance for all ages. Disco divas, dad dancers, old school ravers and all foot tappers are invited on a clubbing journey through the ages. It is time to find your groove!

Two DanceEast performance companies will perform. Spin Off, an inclusive company for adults with additional needs, will perform a work inspired by “The Greatest Showman”. Suffolk Junior Dance Company for young dancers aged between 10 – 15 years will perform a work recently showcased as part of the foyer programme at the U.Dance National Festival at DanceEast, so this will be a fantastic opportunity to spot young talent.

Children and adults will be able to dance their hearts out in a light-hearted session, Lyrical Contemporary Cheese class, celebrating all things cheesy as the spirit of “Mamma Mia” comes to Ipswich!

Tango, samba and waltz the day away with Ipswich School of Dancing, who will be showcasing their talent in a demonstration of dance, led by Emma Hawley.

There will also be opportunities for young tots and their adults to get involved across the weekend. On Saturday 18 August two Tots Dance Parties will take place on the DanceEast stage led by established tutor Tina Kitley-Sparks. On Sunday 19 August families are invited into the Jerwood DanceHouse for Baby Loves To Boogie, a pirate-themed disco at a baby friendly volume.

Book tickets to Baby Loves to Boogie here.


Photo: Courtesy of Ipswich Borough Council