News: DanceEast

Friday 7 April 2006

Dance East DanceEast
is taking on it’s biggest challenge yet as it launches a £5 million Capital Campaign to build the East of England’s first custom-built dance facilities on the Ipswich waterfront. Over the next three years Wharfside Regeneration will transform the site and DanceEast will be a key partner in the regeneration of the Ipswich waterfront and bringing cultural life to the area.

The developers, Wharfside Regeneration, have confirmed a major lead gift of £1.5 million towards the new dance house for DanceEast. Fundraising is now well under way to secure the new national centre of excellence that will include a 240-seat studio theatre with full production facilities as well as three additional dance studios, Pilates and therapy room, library and archive, learning and access room, green room, café and offices for DanceEast staff and rising companies.

DanceEast staff and Board have donated £10,000 in the first two weeks of the campaign through personal pledges, but there is still a long way to go! DanceEast is scheduled to move into the new building in Spring 2006. DanceEast is looking to raise a further £3.5 million from the public sector, trusts, foundations and individuals to see this vision become a reality.

The Cranfields Mill development will provide a permanent home for DanceEast, allowing it, for the first time, to operate throughout the year, offering a range of classes, workshops, courses, performances, residencies, retreats, seminars and summer schools for people of all ages and abilities. The country’s first rural centre for dance will not only allow DanceEast to expand upon its current programme and to reach out further into the local community but also to grow regionally, nationally and internationally.

More info from DanceEast on 01473 639230 or email

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