DanceEast launches placement scheme

IPSWICH based dance organisation, DanceEast, has today announced details of a major new apprenticeship scheme.Aimed at aspiring artistic leaders in the world of dance, the scheme shadows artistic directors of major international companies for an intensive three-month period.

IPSWICH based dance organisation, DanceEast, has today announced details of a major new apprenticeship scheme.

Aimed at aspiring artistic leaders in the world of dance, the scheme shadows artistic directors of major international companies for an intensive three-month period.

DanceEast director Assis Carreiro spoke to MPs and invited guests at a launch in the House of Commons.

She said: “One day you are taking curtain calls centre stage and the next you are behind a desk with responsibility for every career within the company - not to mention artistic vision and some fundraising.

“Whilst we cannot give them all the skills in one weekend, we can highlight the responsibilities of the job and the skills they will require in addition to their own creativity and individual personalities.

“With these placements we can also help actually put the theories into practice for some of them with inspiring world dance leaders.”

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Ipswich MP Chris Mole welcomed politicians and senior figures from the arts world who came to hear culture minister Margaret Hodge and Arts Council chief executive Peter Hewitt welcome DanceEast's new project.

David McAllister at The Australian Ballet, Bruce Sansom at Central School of Ballet, Anders Hellstrom at Nederlands Dans Theater, David Nixon at Northern Ballet Theatre, Monica Mason at The Royal Ballet, Janet Smith at Scottish Dance Theatre, Helgi Tomasson at San Francisco Ballet (2009), Reid Anderson at Stuttgart Ballet and Tero Saarinen at Tero Saarinen Company in Finland have all agreed to host a placement.

A spokeswoman for DanceEast said: “Funding for these placements comes from DanceEast and various other trusts and funding bodies.

“The Cultural Leadership Programme, a government-funded investment to promote excellence in leadership across the creative and cultural industries, has contributed £30,000 to fund three placements.”

DanceEast is the national dance organisation for the East of England. DanceEast will open its new £8.5 million DanceHouse on the Ipswich waterfront next year, one of the biggest arts capital projects in the region.

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