What’s on at DanceEast?

Posted on April 5, 2024 by James Kindred

At the heart of the Waterfront in Ipswich is DanceEast, a vibrant hub of creativity and dance excellence. It’s not just about performances here; DanceEast is a community. With a wide range of dance classes and workshops, it welcomes everyone, from toddlers taking their first steps to professional dancers perfecting their craft. It’s all happening in their state-of-the-art Jerwood DanceHouse, right on the waterfront.

In 2000 it became clear that DanceEast needed an identifiable base it could call its own. Ipswich has always been DanceEast’s home – the location is ideal; it’s served with good transportation links and has undergone major regeneration. The proximity to London also makes it easily accessible to the many artists based in the capital.

After years of planning and construction, the Jerwood DanceHouse officially opened its doors to the public in October 2009.



Foundry Lane Ipswich IP4 1DW

We are one of the UK’s leading national dance organisations. Our mission is to remain at the vanguard of artistic, participatory and educational practice in dance.

Events with DanceEast

There are so many facilities at DanceEast for everyone to enjoy:

  • Studio Theatre (200 Seats): The Studio Theatre at DanceEast stands as a testament to the fusion of artistic innovation and community spirit. This theatre hosts performances from internationally acclaimed dance companies and vibrant local community groups, demonstrating a rich tapestry of new works and presentations. It’s a space where global talent and local heart converge, providing a diverse program that unites dance aficionados from Suffolk and further afield.
  • World-Class Dance Studios: DanceEast’s state-of-the-art dance studios are sanctuaries of creativity. Each studio, with its double-height design, wood sprung timber floors, and abundant natural light, is more than just a physical space; it’s where passion for dance meets the precision of artistry.
  • Family-Friendly Café: The café at DanceEast goes beyond being a mere eatery; it’s a gathering place for families and friends. With its selection of hot and cold beverages, scrumptious cakes, light lunches, and alcoholic drinks, it offers a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors, whether they’re there for a show night or simply to enjoy a relaxing moment.
  • Therapy/Treatment Room: Recognizing the integral role of wellness within the arts, DanceEast features a dedicated therapy and treatment room. This space is devoted to supporting the physical and mental well-being of its visitors and performers, ensuring a holistic approach to the arts.
  • Seminar Room: At the heart of DanceEast’s ethos is a commitment to education and development. Its seminar room serves as a perfect venue for meetings, training courses, and workshops, all designed to foster inspiration and education within the community.
  • Resource Room: Supporting the next generation of artists, DanceEast offers a resource room specifically tailored for undergraduate students in Ipswich. This room provides essential resources and a tranquil study environment to support students on their artistic journey.


Who wrote this about Ipswich?

James Kindred

James lives in Ipswich and has been a graphic designer and brand founder for the last 25 years. He specialises in branding, startups, guerilla marketing and effectively frustrating authority figures to deliver results. James is co-founder of Ipswich.love, co-chair of the Suffolk Autism Strategy board and a board advisor to R;ipple, a suicide prevention charity.

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