DanceEast is custodian and curator of the Jerwood DanceHouse, the home of dance in the East of England. Its vision is to make the East of England a place where everyone has the opportunity to engage with great dance. It's ambition is to raise aspirations and transform lives through a programme of work that champions excellence, engages the public and inspires artists.
Founded in 1983 DanceEast has grown from strength to strength, maintaining its commitment to the rural communities of East Anglia whilst developing national and international programmes.
Based at the Jerwood DanceHouse on the Ipswich Waterfront, DanceEast runs over 50 dance classes every week in its world class dance studios, in a huge variety of styles, for all ages and abilities, including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Pilates and to name just a few.
A 200-seat Studio Theatre hosts some of the best professional dance companies and choreographers in the world, including Akram Khan Company, Arthur Pita, Avant Garde Dance, Candoco, Gecko, New Art Club, Protein Dance, Russell Maliphant and Wayne McGregor, alongside fantastic local community groups.
DanceEast delivers ground-breaking projects; a Dance for Parkinson’s course; bringing dance to people in schools, hospices and sheltered housing; working with people from all walks of life, from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special needs.
DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training identifies young people with exceptional potential in dance and develops their talent through pioneering programmes, creating and inspiring future generations of world class dancers and choreographers.
DanceEast coordinates a range of performance groups in Ipswich, bringing dancers, choreographers and expert tuition, as well as opportunities to perform at national and regional platforms.
DanceEast encourages emerging artists by providing training, support and performance opportunities through an Associate Artist scheme and Choreographic Development Fund.