DanceEast has had a long assocation with the Suffolk region of England. Founded in 1983 and gaining National Dance Agency status in 1994, it has grown from strength to strength, maintaining its commitment to the rural communities of East Anglia whilst developing national and international programmes. Ipswich has always been DanceEast’s home. The location is ideal; served with good transportation links and undergoing major regeneration. Its short travel distance to London also makes the DanceHouse an accessible venue for artists who are based in the capital.
In 2000 it became clear that DanceEast needed an identifiable base it could call its own. The Jerwood DanceHouse officially opened its doors to the public in October 2009 (some of the world’s greatest dance talents joined in with the celebrations, including: Sylvie Guillem, the Ballet Boyz, Akram Khan and The Royal Ballet).