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OUR TEAM

From our expert dance instructors and friendly front of house team to the industrious staff behind the scenes, meet our hard-working, enthusiastic and DanceEast-loving group.

Esther

PROGRAMME ADMINISTRATOR

After studying Philosophy and History at the University of Sussex in Brighton, I moved back to my home of sunny Suffolk in 2019. Since then, I’ve also volunteered as the Lead Producer for Suffolk Pride and am passionate about seeing queer art and performance platformed in our region. Since joining the DanceEast team in summer 2021, I’ve been continually delighted to see brilliant dance created and showcased where I grew up.

Bill

HEAD OF OPERATIONS AND 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.

Lucy

HEAD OF CREATIVE PROGRAMMES

She/Her

I’ve worked in a number of roles with DanceEast – there’s always more to learn and more to give and no two days are the same, which I love. I feel lucky to work with such a brilliant team and in the beautiful Jerwood DanceHouse, which I remember being built. I try and use my time here to share these resources with artists, young people and communities in the hope that they will also find something rewarding about great dance.

Tom

CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TRAINING MANAGER

He/him

I studied at the University of Roehampton and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Transitions Dance Company). 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!

Will

CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TRAINING COORDINATOR

After completing my training at London Contemporary Dance School at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I worked internationally as a dancer, teacher, and producer with Matsena Productions, Theater St Gallen, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Before that, I trained on The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) for five years, returning to work as a Teaching Assistant for another two years.

Derek

CARETAKER

My main interests are Genealogy, I have a large family tree and daily add more. Also, I aim to do some metal detecting soon. I love history and like to visit historical buildings and landmarks both here and abroad.

Claire

SALES AND MARKETING 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.

Ania

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

She/Her

Since completing my training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, I have worked for theatre production companies and charities, including Olivier nominated Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company and WildChild, a charity promoting social mobility through the arts. Returning to my hometown of Ipswich and to DanceEast, where I spent weekends as a teenager is a privilege. I hope that through my role I can introduce as many people to the magic of dance as possible.

Brendan

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CEO

I arrived in Ipswich to join DanceEast in March 2013. I have always worked in dance and started, as a dancer, back in 1979 when there was virtually no dance dedicated infrastructure. Consequently, the Jerwood DanceHouse is a fantastic example of just how much has changed since then. It, therefore, feels like a particularly special privilege to be leading such a fantastic organisation and working in a building, that I could have only imagined, when I started my career.

Sophie

PRODUCER, PARTICIPATION AND ENGAGEMENT

She/Her

Dance was a huge part of my childhood. I studied Performing Arts and Psychology at Winchester University and over the last 10 years have worked in Arts Development for local government and managed a Community & Education programme for commercial theatres, but soon found myself drawn back into dance and combining all the things I love as a Producer here at DanceEast, developing programmes and projects that make a difference to our communities and spreading the joy of dance!

Tanya

SALES, ADMIN AND FINANCE ASSISTANT

I joined DanceEast in 2007 as a Front of House Assistant, so get to meet everyone whether attending a class, watching a performance, or performing. I also now work part time as Finance Assistant which gives a contrast to meeting people. I am delighted to be part of the wonderful team here at DanceEast!

Chloe

DIGITAL PRIMARIES PROGRAMME MANAGER

I trained at Tring Park and continued at Trinity Laban as a postgraduate and member of Transitions Dance Company.  I am a choreographer, educationalist, and leader in dance in education. My company ‘e.dance’ has toured schools, community groups and theatres.  I have worked for Trinity Laban, Royal Academy of Dance, DanceEast, London Children’s Ballet and English National Ballet.  As a performer I have danced with Transitions Dance Company, Smallpetitklein, Combination Dance and in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Adrian

CARETAKER

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.

Alice

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!

Helen

FINANCE AND ADMIN OFFICER

I joined DanceEast in October 2007 as a Front of House Assistant working primarily in the evening. I then combined this role with working as the finance assistant when I had a career change in 2009. I remember when the Jerwood Dance House was a building site and have had some memorable times working here. I am now the Finance & Admin Officer. I love watching dance and all theatre and try and see as many shows as possible.

Cat

SALES AND VENUE MANAGER

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 hometown 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.

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