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New director for DanceEast

Posted on December 21, 2012

brendan keaney

brendan keaneyBrendan Keaney (pictured), currently director of Greenwich Dance, has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of DanceEast, Ipswich. He replaces Assis Carreiro, who has left to direct the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and will take up the post in March 2013.

Keaney started his career in 1979 as a freelance dancer. He has since worked as an animateur, choreographer, teacher and more recently as an administrator and manager. He joined Greenwich Dance in 1996, and in 2007 received the Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award for his “outstanding contribution to the art form”.

He said: “The job of director of DanceEast represents one of the most exciting opportunities for dance in the UK. 2013 is DanceEast’s 30th birthday, and the organisation now has an amazing building to host the celebrations. This is a fantastic moment for the organisation and I am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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