Retail giants boost dance group

IPSWICH-based dance organisation DanceEast has today announced the support of retail giant Marks and Spencer for a fundraising ball. The department store has agreed to sponsor the food for a three-course dinner for the DanceEast's B'jewelled Ball, which is being held on March 14 at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

IPSWICH-based dance organisation DanceEast has today announced the support of retail giant Marks and Spencer for a fundraising ball.

The department store has agreed to sponsor the food for a three-course dinner for the DanceEast's B'jewelled Ball, which is being held on March 14 at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks and Spencer, said: “We are delighted to support the ball which will help DanceEast to complete the DanceHouse, a new cultural hub in the East of England.

“I hope lots of people in the area will get involved in what looks set to be a memorable evening."

More than �8.8 million has already been raised for the purpose built Jerwood DanceHouse, and the ball will be the final push to raising the crucial �77,000 needed to complete DanceEast's new home.

Assis Carreiro , director of DanceEast said: “DanceEast leads community outreach and supports professional dance artists by bringing world class dance to Suffolk.

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“The ball will be testament to this with the announcement that Ipswich born Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett will be presenting his newest work performed by Royal Ballet ballerina Tamara Rojo.

“The renowned Richard Alston Dance Company will also be on stage, along with the unrivalled dance comedy duo New Art Club.

Auction items due to be sold off during the event include a press night performance of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard and after show party at Young Vic courtesy of Kevin Spacey, with overnight stay in a deluxe London hotel, and a private four course dinner at the beautiful Yaxley Hall, for up to 10 guests including a champagne reception.

To book a table and find out more contact Susannah Burke at DanceEast on 01473 295 239.

What do you think of DancEast? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Based in the East of England, DanceEast is one of the nation's leading dance organisations.

From classes for people with physical and learning disabilities, through to professional master classes.

DanceEast aims to bring opportunities to dance to everyone across East Anglia and to promote dance as a pastime for fun and fitness for everyone.

Working in partnership with theatres across the region, DanceEast brings world-class dance performances to the East of England.

DanceEast's new home, the �8.9 million Jerwood DanceHouse on Ipswich's waterfront, is due to open in autumn 2009.

This will be a regional hothouse for the development and presentation of new and emerging talent, housing three dance studios, a 200-seat studio theatre, fitness suite, bar, caf� and dancewear shop.