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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

She/They

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 & 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!

Daisy

CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TRAINING COORDINATOR

Daisy’s training began at Anglia Region Theatre School, studying ballet and contemporary before studying contemporary at The University of Lincoln, graduating with a First Class Honours. During this time, Daisy worked with artists including Nori Aoki, Verve, James Wilton, Kat Hendy and Kirsty Russell. Daisy has since returned to Norfolk, teaching different styles of contemporary dance to ARTS students while also gaining experience in the education sector.

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 & ADMIN 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.

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 & 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

She/Her

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 & 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 & 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.

Conor

TECHNICIAN

After graduating from UCC Colchester with a degree in technical theatre studies I’ve fulfilled most technical roles in a theatre environment and have also freelanced around Essex and Suffolk as a Sound and Lighting Production Technician. I’ve worked in all styles of live events from music, live art, dance and corporate. I’m always keen to play with the most modern technologies and give the best quality technical production possible and DanceEast gives me that opportunity.

Jemma

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

After graduating from Canterbury Christchurch University with a BA (Hons) in Dance Education, I have had various roles which have led me to my current role within DanceEast. Dance has been, and continues to be, a huge part of my life and I am excited to work within the marketing team to share this love of dance with others.

Greg

TECHNICAL MANAGER

Having worked across a diverse range of contemporary performance and academic projects over the past thirty years, joining DanceEast in 2019 takes me, to some extent, full circle as my career in performance technology and lighting design started at Dundee Rep where I enjoyed my first design commissions with the resident dance company. My key interests are Performance Studies, democratisation of technology and design across all disciplines.

Rosa

PROGRAMME MANAGER, PARTICIPATION & ENGAGEMENT (MATERNITY COVER)

She/Her

I have spent my life dancing and feel privileged to call my hobby my profession. I have a degree in Choreography and Dance and an MA in Dance Movement Physiotherapy.  I’ve worked with DanceEast as a freelance dance artist since moving back to the East of England in 2020 and started the role of Programme manager (maternity cover) in 2022. I believe that meaningful dance provision should be available to everyone so it’s a joy to manage impactful projects that reach out into the community.

Lizzie

SALES & VENUE MANAGER

I love dance! I love to experience dance, to teach, to facilitate and to encourage everyone to give it a try! Working as Venue and Sales Manager at the Box Office brings me so much joy as I love welcoming everyone to the DanceHouse, knowing that they will have the opportunity to experience dance for themselves. I also work in the community teaching dance/creative movement to young children and their families.

Joe

SALES & VENUE SUPERVISOR

He/Him

I joined DanceEast in 2021 after three years working as a session musician. I previously achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing and Social Media Management which gave me the skills to promote myself and my music enough that I could call it my full-time profession. Now taking up this new role at DanceEast, I work with lots of different and creative minded people whilst also playing and creating music in my spare time.

Phoebe

SALES & ADMIN ASSISTANT

She/Her

I am currently studying for the two-year accelerated BA (Hons) Dance degree at the University of Suffolk in partnership with DanceEast. I joined DanceEast and started my job in Sales & Admin alongside studying. It provides me with experience and various opportunities in an area I am interested in. I look forward to seeing what I do when I graduate and where my future takes me.

Maisy

SALES & ADMIN ASSISTANT

I really enjoy working here at DanceEast at the Box Office as I have had a passion for dance since a young age. I also currently study the BA Dance course at The University of Suffolk which is in partnership with DanceEast.

Archie

SALES & ADMIN ASSISTANT

I really enjoy working at DanceEast and have a passion for the creative industry and music. I have worked here since September 2021 and have found that working in the arts industry has given me the amazing opportunity to meet new people with similar interests as me.

Mollie

SALES & ADMIN ASSISTANT

From a young age I have been a member of The Emma Dodd School of Performing Arts, each year, participating in regular showcases at DanceEast. I also studied A level dance which took my interest and passion in dance even further so working at DanceEast is perfect for me.

Zoe

PROGRAMME ASSISTANT

She/Her

I studied Drama and Theatre at the University of Lincoln, where I discovered a love for community performance and Theatre in Education. After graduating in the pandemic, I’m excited to have returned to my hometown and joined the team at DanceEast. I particularly enjoy working on various participation and outreach projects with the rest of the creative team and bringing the joy of dance and performance to the local community.

Richard

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR & COMPANY MANAGER, KICKSTART COMPANY

He/They

After graduating from the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training, I attended Purchase Conservatory of Dance, New York and London Contemporary Dance School, performing works by Lea Anderson, James Cousins and Jose Limon. Since training I worked with Studio Wayne McGregor, Tanztheater Adrian Look and James Cousins. I have also worked with opera director Stephano Poda, and most recently danced with Sonia Plumb Dance Company in New York.

Telisa

KICKSTART COMPANY DANCE ARTIST

I joined DanceEast in January as a Kickstarter after completing an MA in performance at Dance City, where I studied contemporary dance and physical theatre. Before this, I studied an undergraduate degree in Dance at the University of Roehampton which sparked my interest in various avenues of dance.

Elin

KICKSTART COMPANY DANCE ARTIST

She/Her

Born and raised in Suffolk, I spent most of my childhood and teenage years dancing. Thanks to the training I received as a CAT student at DanceEast, I continued developing as an artist at Rambert School whilst having the opportunity to work with some incredible people. After graduation, I began my MA at LCDS and worked in Copenhagen with Danish Dance Theatre, touring a production internationally. It’s great to have returned full circle and be working at DanceEast as a Kickstart Company member; I am extra appreciative now of all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

Maya

KICKSTART COMPANY DANCE ARTIST

I am a contemporary dancer from Manchester. I trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and began a freelance life as a teacher and dancer in various settings before joining the DanceEast Kickstart Company in January 2022.

Jack

KICKSTART COMPANY DANCE ARTIST & CAT SUPPORT

My first experience with dance started at a local dance school in a town called Colchester. I soon joined DanceEast, a centre for advanced training in 2011. After six years of training on the CAT scheme, I joined Northern School of Contemporary Dance where I graduated with a First-Class Honours degree, joining Verve 2020/2021 soon after. Outside of training, I have had the opportunity to work with Douglas Thorpe as an artist as well as perform in New Adventures: Romeo and Juliet.

Vasanthi

PROGRAMME MANAGER, THEATRE

She/Her

As an Independent Producer and Programmer, I provide resources that empower people to make art. After graduating the University of Surrey with a degree in Dance & Culture, I worked for Belarus Free Theatre, a charity that produces, educates, and campaigns for social justice through the arts; and then at The Place within the Artist Development team. I joined DanceEast as Theatre Programme Manager in January 2020. I enjoy walking, travelling, reading, making things and spending time with fellow humans.​

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