The DanceHouse



In 2000 it became clear that DanceEast needed an identifiable base it could call its own, and so the vision for the Jerwood DanceHouse was born.

Ipswich has always been DanceEast’s home. Its location is ideal, served with good transportation links and undergoing major regeneration. Its short travel distance to London also makes the DanceHouse an accessible venue to artists based in the capital.

The Jerwood DanceHouse officially opened its doors to the public for classes and performances in October 2009.

It’s our vision for the entire community to have ownership of this facility, and to feel that the Jerwood DanceHouse is theirs.


Come along and join like-minded creatives, freelancers, marketeers and event planners to network, and take a sneak peak of our brand new state-of-the-art Digital Suite & 360° Green Screen.

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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the DanceHouse, exploring our dance studios, theatre, green room and dressing rooms – you can even see what the performers see with a view from the stage!

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Technical Information

Read on for useful technical information about the James Hehir Studio Theatre at the Jerwood DanceHouse, including a plan, dimensions and specifications.

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Venue Hire

With an emphasis on friendly professionalism there is no standard venue hire package. We are happy to adapt our spaces and our service to meet your requirements.

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The Whistler Gallery

Have a look at what’s coming up next in our gallery. If you’d like to find out more about hiring this space, please email


DanceEast Company in Residence - Russell Maliphant Company

In April 2018, the Russell Maliphant Company became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. This brings an exciting new chapter to the company’s history, becoming Company In Residence here at DanceEast, Ipswich.

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Other Activities at the DanceHouse

Find out what else is going on at the DanceHouse and which local organisations and individuals are using our world-class facilities.

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Dance Parties

A fun and affordable way to celebrate children’s birthdays and other special occasions with just the right mixture of exercise and fun.

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Cafe at the DanceHouse

Our lovely café is great for morning coffee, light lunch, afternoon tea and everything in between. Serving delicious Paddy & Scotts coffee and a fine selection of healthy snacks and tasty treats!

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