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Dance classes for children in Ipswich


Baby Loves to Boogie at the Maritime Festival

Join DanceEast at this year’s Ipswich Maritime Festival, and boogie your Sunday morning away on 20 August. A special Baby Loves to Boogie disco will be taking Toddler dance classesplace at the Jerwood DanceHouse as part of the weekend celebrations, championing the town’s maritime history with a special Viking theme.

Get your arts & crafts hats and dancing shoes on for a fun-filled morning. Tots and their families can enjoy a disco at a baby-friendly volume, as well as lots of arts & crafts activities taking place in the building for all the family to get involved. Booking in advance is encouraged but spontaneous arrivals are welcome too.

Throughout the festival weekend there will be historical re-enactments, a variety of grand vessels, street food, fairground rides, punch and judy, stalls and children’s activities along the Ipswich Waterfront. A stage of live music performances, fire performers and a firework display finale on the Sunday night will complete the action.

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If you can’t make the Maritime Weekend, don’t miss the special Halloween Baby Loves to Boogie on Sunday 29 October. As well as baby disco and lots of arts & crafts to join in with, you can also take part in pumpkin decorating, making cress-heads and wheat dollies, storytelling, face painting and harvest themed activities.

Book a Halloween boogie

Ticket prices: £4 adult, £3 child, £12 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children; or 1 adult, 3 children)

Fall into dance classes this Autumn

Get dancing with DanceEast this Autumn, with classes suitable for tots right through to adults. For those younger dancers, join in Jolly Tots or Tots & Co together, or give them free rein to be independent and creative in ballet, hip hop and musical theatre.

Jolly Tots is a hugely fun and sociable class, for both parents and for tots aged three and four years. The class works to enhance children’s coordination and rhythm, and nurture their natural love of movement using themes, music, props, games and their imaginations. The class will not only help to develop physical skills, but also those such as observing, listening for a signal, responding to instructions and sharing with other children using ribbons, hoops, balls and parachutes. For children who are a little older, DanceEast creative classes enhance their enjoyment for dance and encourage their natural ability.Modern dance classes in Ipswich

Creative dance is a basic introduction to contemporary style dance for four to seven year olds, with a focus on creating individual movement. Children will develop their own moves and choreography using creative games to inspire their individuality, alongside words and music.

Creative ballet will introduce children to the basics of ballet in a fun and relaxed setting, using movement stories and ballet-based activities to appeal to boys and girls alike. This creative movement class will enhance the development of motor skills as children balance, skip, leap and move to the music.

At the other end of the dancing spectrum, creative hip hop focuses on developing musicality, co-ordination and confidence through street dance, encouraging creativity and confidence within children to develop their own movement. Here movement is key for expression, regardless of ability or experience. Classes are led by Avant Garde Dance, one of the country’s most exciting hip hop contemporary companies.

DanceEast Springboard classes use dancing games, lots of fun and exercise to improve coordination, social skills and motor skills for children with additional needs. Springboard enables them to discover dance skills and create their own style, using creative dance to express their narrative, emotional and physical inhibitions. Springboard helps children to adapt to different situations and assist with their social, creative and physical development using props, themes and engaging stimuli.

Don’t miss out – book an Autumn term of classes for your little ones by Friday 8 September and save 10%.

See incredible dance at the Jerwood DanceHouse

The DanceEast performance seasons are never complete without something magical for children.Dance classes and events in Ipswich

The Buildy-uppy Dance Show from Anatomical will visit the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich from 17 – 18 November, the humorous sequel to Tom Roden and Anna Williams’ The Doodle Dance Show. Hundreds of cardboard boxes will be stacked, squashed and rebuilt, inviting imaginations to run riot with caves, castles and creatures before learning that the strongest thing that can be built is friendship.

This interactive theatrical adventure is the perfect family treat for everyone to enjoy, a magical, musical and ever-changing playground constructed and inhabited by the audience.

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Want a new Nutcracker or an antidote to pantomime? Christmas at DanceEast will see The Borrowers descend on Ipswich in a festive exclusive before the production tours throughout 2018: see it first at DanceEast! Based on the much-loved children’s book, The Borrowers is the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Running from 13 – 17 December, The Borrowers will capture the imaginations of audiences of all ages, telling the story of those tiny people that live under the floorboards. Contemporary dance, physical theatre and animation will bring this magical story to life, set within an oversized world of beautiful hand-painted animation.

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Children aged 7 – 11 years can explore the story of The Borrowers even further through movement, design and music in a special workshop on Saturday 16 December. No prior experience or special clothing is required in order to take part and learn more about this dancing tale.

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