POSTED ON: 30/05/2017

Performances include the stunning Ballet Black, returning to Ipswich on 2 and 3 June following a sell-out show last year and one of only a handful of UK tour dates this year. Their triple bill includes Red Riding Hood and is the perfect summer treat for all ballet fans.

As part of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Pulse Festival, on 8 June DanceEast presents a fun and through-provoking triple bill at the DanceHouse by some of the most exciting contemporary dance artists; Tribe, Nora and Sarah Blanc.

On 23 June, as part of Ipswich Jazz Festival there’s a Lindy Hop workshop with one of the most experienced Jazz and Lindy Hop dancers in the UK; Grounded Movement’s Temujin Gill. Temujin choreographed and directed the NHS section of London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He has trained and performed with some of the world’s best Lindy Hop performers and loves to share his knowledge with others.

You can also join three world-class tap dancers for a Tap Jam as they improvise along with a live band. London based tap dancer Avalon Rathgeb is joined on stage by Adele Joel and Ryan Campbell-Brich. Avalon performed in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and regularly teaches and performs at tap festivals all over the world. If you are tapping your feet in your seat, you are welcome to don your own tap shoes and give some live improv tapping a go too!

Summer Celebration on 1 July offers a chance to watch DanceEast’s performance groups and CAT students perform alongside local community groups from across the region. In addition Casson and Friends, who performed Night at the Theatre here earlier in the year, invites the people of Ipswich to choreograph their very own dance which will be made, rehearsed and performed all in one day!

On 8 July DanceEast Associate Artist UNIT present their first full-length performance 20 Questions; a snapshot of life and a gloriously uplifting look at humanity, told through dance and film with a cast of all ages.

National Youth Dance Company is a highlight every year and 40 of the UK’s best young dancers return to DanceEast on 18 July with their latest production Tarantiseismic by Damien Jalet.

On 29 July students from the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training showcase their astonishing talent in a mixed bill of works by influential national and international choreographers including Luke Brown, Glasshouse Dance, Michela Meazza (New Adventures), Lisa Hood (Avant Gard), Jo Meredith, Joss Arnott and Arthur Pita.

 Summer Schools for 7-11 years and 12-19 years take place from 31 July – 4 August and offer the chance for young people to try out a variety of dance styles, including Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Ballet and Creative Dance, as well as make new friends and have fun!

For the first time this year a Summer Intensive for Over 55 years will be led by an artist from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne and Alexander Whitley.

A Summer Lab week commencing 4 September for experienced dancers aged 18+years offers a programme of opportunities to bridge the gap between finishing training and starting a career in dance.

Week commencing 18 September there’s a chance to come along and try a taster session for one of DanceEast’s five Performance Groups – Boys United, Suffolk Junior Dance Company, Dance Unlimited, Spin Off and EncoreEast.

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