Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood DanceHouse

DanceEast, Ipswich

Architects: John Lyall Architects
Opened in October 2009

Jerwood Foundation made a grant of £500,000 towards DanceEast's permanent home at the former Cranfields Mill site on the regenerated Ipswich Waterfront. Jerwood DanceHouse was designed by John Lyall Architects and officially opened with a weekend of celebrations on Saturday 30 October 2009.

Jerwood DanceHouse is the first and only custom-built facility in the East of England for dance and provides a permanent home for DanceEast. It includes a 200-seat flexible theatre space, 3 dance studios (Wellbeing Studio, Ashton Studio and Red Shoe Studio), fitness and Pilates suites and cafe. Jerwood DanceHouse is dedicated to creative development, with a particular focus on developing new choreographic talent. The James Hehir Studio Theatre will also present and produce new work in an intimate setting before such work tours nationally and internationally.


DanceEast was founded in 1983 and the following year gained National Dance Agency (NDA) status from Arts Council England. It is now one of the country's leading dance organisations, building new audiences and advocates for dance, developing the art form and supporting dance artists.

Jerwood Dancehouse, DanceEast © Architects:John Lyall Architects