DanceEast, the dance development agency based in Ipswich, is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application to continue receiving Arts Council England (ACE) National portfolio funding.
DanceEast is one of the 670 organisations that received the news this morning and is part of just 10% of the portfolio deemed to be an “exceptional case” and worthy of an increase in funding. The organisation will receive £810,153 per annum for three years from 2015 -2018.
Being a recipient of National portfolio funding ensures that DanceEast can deliver its ambitious plans for the future including; increasing the number of performances at the Jerwood DanceHouse; delivering its new Associate Artist scheme; collaborating with a range of national partners, including Sadler’s Wells and English National Ballet.
Most critically this funding will allow DanceEast to carry on its work with We Are Ipswich partners; New Wolsey Theatre, Pacitti Company, Gecko Theatre and Eastern Angles, to ensure the people of Ipswich benefit from the extraordinary cultural offer on their doorstep.
Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director & Chief Executive of DanceEast said “As an artform Dance has done really well with an overall 9.4% increase across the board and I am delighted with the news as we have some great plans in the pipeline, including working with people with Parkinson’s and an exciting international exchange project for pupils in Suffolk schools.
We are particularly pleased to see that New Adventures & Re:Bourne, Brighton, a company that DanceEast has enjoyed a long and creative association with, is one of the three largest new National Portfolio Organisations. We are also delighted to see that Mark Bruce, who is presenting Dracula in the Jerwood DanceHouse in the autumn, has received new NPO status.
Probably the best news is that our colleagues in Ipswich have also performed extremely well, demonstrating that the Arts Council England has recognised our town is growing, not just as the cultural and creative heart of Suffolk, but also as a creative force with a national and international reputation.”
DanceEast is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse on the Ipswich Waterfront and hosts over 50 dance classes every week in its world class dance studios in a huge variety of styles, for all ages and abilities, including Zumba, Tots & Co, Pilates, Adult Ballet, Tap and Mini Musical Theatre to name just a few.
Inside the Jerwood DanceHouse is a 200 seat Studio Theatre where some of the best professional dance companies in the world come and create new work and are programmed to perform alongside fantastic local community projects bringing people together through dance from across Suffolk and the region. There is also a seminar/Board room available for meetings and training courses and a resource room to support undergraduate students in Ipswich.
DanceEast brings dance to people in schools, hospices and sheltered housing, working with people from all walks of life; from disadvantaged backgrounds, with special needs, and sees how dance changes lives every day. DanceEast delivers ground-breaking work through projects working with ‘looked after’ children, those at risk, as well as children in hospitals and older people in care homes, offering them all the opportunity to use dance for creative expression and physical and psychological therapy. Dance can energise and motivate, encourages creative thinking, expressive minds and healthy bodies.
For more information about DanceEast please visit www.danceeast.co.uk