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DanceEast gets Ipswich moving

  • Date: 14 October 2009
  • Area: South East
Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich. Photo courtesy of DanceEast

Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich. Photo courtesy of DanceEast. Credit: Richard Bryant

Hundreds of people danced through Ipswich on Saturday, 10 October, to mark the opening of the £8.9 million Jerwood DanceHouse; the new home of DanceEast.

Led by dance duo New Art Club, local schools, groups and members of the community took part in a dancing parade from the town centre to the new Ipswich waterfront location, where Minister for the East of England Barbara Follett cut the ribbon to officially open the new facilities.

Throughout the open house weekend over 3,000 visitors engaged with dance at the new centre, by taking part in a range of free classes, from ballet to belly dancing, and watching performances by The Royal Ballet, Bonachela Dance Company and Srishti in the 200-seat theatre. Following Saturday's festivities, DanceEast held a wellbeing day on Sunday with free yoga and pilates classes in the centre's studios.

DanceEast will host a varied programme of dance classes and performances in the Jerwood DanceHouse, which is open seven days a week. Designed by John Lyall Architects, the centre is equipped with four bespoke dance studios, including a 200-seat performance space, and dressing and green rooms for performers as well as a café, therapy suite and dance shop.

The Jerwood DanceHouse has been funded through private and public partnership, including a major Capital Lottery Grant from Arts Council England, East of England Development Agency, Wharfside Regeneration, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, the Jerwood Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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