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30 May 2018

DanceEast is offering a chance to take part in a series of three, one-day workshops for young dance groups and their group leaders. The Open Workshops are part of a programme of activity developed to celebrate the U.Dance National Festival taking place in Ipswich at the Jerwood DanceHouse this year. Follow along with all activity on social media with #EastYouthDance.

The workshops are designed to give young dance groups in the region a chance to have first-class dance tuition in fantastic studio spaces.The workshop days are also an opportunity for everyone to come together and share their enthusiasm for dance. Working alongside their leaders, groups will learn new skills that can continue to be developed in their regular classes.

These free one-day workshops are open to youth dance companies and extracurricular groups between the ages of 11 – 19 years, (up to 24 years for those with additional needs) joined by their group leaders.

U.Dance National Festival was hosted by DanceEast at the Jerwood DanceHouse in 2018. U. Dance National Festival is a platform for the best youth dance talent in the UK coming together over a weekend to share workshops and perform.

Click here for more information about U. Dance National Festival and opportunities to enter the U.Dance Regional platform in 2019.


Workshop One | Introducing Latin & Ballroom with Ipswich School of Dancing 

Saturday 6 October, 10am – 4pm

Experience the flavour of true Ballroom & Latin American dancing, with a whistle-stop tour that’ll take you from the elegant Waltz to the cheeky Cha Cha Cha. You will explore a wide range of movements, rhythms, timings, body actions, footwork and leg actions that will enrich and complement your knowledge of dance, working solo as well as in partnerships. Hone your own unique style with an infusion of Latin passion and Ballroom charm, as you discover the origins and characteristics of these exciting genres of dance.

Workshop Two | Giselle Explored with English National Ballet

Saturday 13 October, 10am – 4pm

Exploring the concepts, themes and aesthetic of Akram Khan’s Giselle, this one-day workshop, led by a dance artist from English National Ballet will focus on specific exercises, creative tasks and phrases of repertoire from the production.

Workshop Four | Free Flowing Hip-Hop with Joseph Toonga

Saturday 10 November, 10am – 4pm

Immerse yourself in the rhythms and energy of hip-hop and delve into the unique style of Joseph Toonga. A dance fusion appealing to all, learning hip-hop foundations to freestyle and explore tension, isolation and intention with movement. So join in the dancing spirit with high energy, fun music and dance.

Apply Today

Download your application form here.

Applications should be emailed to by Monday 16 July.


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