Mar 02: JO LLOYD


A 10 day series of morning classes led by experienced pedagogues and practitioners whom we have invited to teach some of the tools that they we taught and that they still teach today.

They will be sharing with you:

  • One important thing they were taught and still using today in their practice
  • One important thing they developed in their practice that they teach
  • One fun exercise that they love to do to warm up and get the energy going.

Whether you are a dance practitioner or a dance teacher, this is for you!


DATE: 22 February - 4 March
TIME: 9.30am-11am
COST: $16 Full / $14 Conc / $12 DH Members
Bookings: CLICK HERE

Become a Dancehouse Member and take 5 classes FREE - email Joey at to book.

All levels welcome


TIM DARBYSHIRE was introduced to performance in 1992, when he joined his father in a mid-life crisis by participating in a rock musical about schizophrenia. This obscure world captured him for years to come. Darbyshire later graduated from
Dance at Queensland University of Technology (2003). His education has continued through programs including DanceWEB (2006 & 2009), Formation d'artiste Chorégraphique at Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (France 2006-2007) &
Victoria University's Solo Residency program (2008). He has worked with choreographers including Vera Mantero, Emmanuelle Huyhn, Nuno Bizarro, Meg Stuart, David Wampach, Marianne Baillot, Antonio Julio, Christine de Schmedt, Eszter Salamon, Shelley Lasica and Matthew Day. He is a founding member of Sweet & Tender Collaborations and has engaged in several residencies through this initiative. His recent works More or Less Concrete & Stampede the Stampede have received critical acclaim.


REBECCA HILTON is an Australian dancer. She also choreographs, teaches and writes about dance, dancers and dancing.
In a practice spanning three decades she has contributed to the work of an array of artists, including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Mathew Barney, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, Lucy Guerin, Tino Sehgal, Chrysa Parkinson, Xavier Le Roy among others.
She works with dance in many different environments, situations and circumstances both locally and internationally, including but not limited to, universities, dance companies, arts institutions, festivals, conferences and community based organisations. As the recipient of a Fellowship from the Dance Board of the Australia Council, she is writing a book on DANCERNESS.


HELLEN SKY is a digital choreographer, performer, writer, researcher, visual artist, recognized internationally as a leader in the digital performance field. She is valued for her research and reflection on dance, embodiment and human computer interaction. Her work unearths the paradigms investigating choreographic forms that allow dancers agency to  shape sonic and visual  elements as an expansion of artistic expression.
Placing equal value on the movement between all aspects of the work - installation or performance, sound, light, objects, body, texts, screen, textures; the potential of the site, the potential of a gesture, her projects are complex and multi-layered and achieved over a number years and advanced through modular collaborations.


Born in Brazil, GREOGORY LORENZUTTI is a dancer and photographer based in Melbourne. He is a theatre graduate from the University of Rio de Janeiro. Since 1999, Gregory has worked with several Brazilian and international choreographers touring throughout Brazil, USA, Europe, Costa Rica and Uruguay.
In 2003 he started to develop his career as a choreographer mentored by Regina Miranda, director of Arts & Culture of the LABAN Institute of Movement Studies in New York. In 2012, Gregory moved permanently to Australia. He recently worked with Force Majeure, Chunky Move, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Paea Leach, Annalouise Paul, Antony Hamilton, Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey and Yumi Umiumare. In 2014 he premiered his first full length dance work in Australia Mechanical Eye. In 2015 his first major solo photographic exhibition, co-curated by Dancehouse Dance is my Landscape, was presented. As a photographer, Gregory has worked for major dance companies and independent performers documenting and developing image concepts for their works. He is interested in the relationship between movement, photography and impermanence, developing projects in dialogue with other artistic fields, playing and shifting borders and shapes. Currently Gregory is developing projects with Phillip Adams BalletLab, Yumi Umiumare and choreographs for Big hART.


Born in Hyogo, Japan, YUMI UMIUMARE is the only Japanese Butoh Dancer living in Australia and the creator of Butoh Cabaret and physical theatre works. Yumi has been creating and teaching her distinctive style of works over the last 20 years and her works are renowned for provoking visceral emotions and cultural identities. Her works have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America, and have received critical acclaim and garnered her and her collaborators several Australian Green Room awards. As a choreographer, Yumi has worked in socially engaged theatre productions in Australia with aboriginal communities, culturally diverse communities and ESL groups, women from the sex industry and also people recovering from gambling addictions. Yumi is a recent recipient of the fellowship from Australian Council, exploring her PopUp Tearoom series.


GULSEN OZER is a Performing artist, Choreographer and Curator. Ozer came to dance from a theatre and visual arts background. Ozer's work has been described as 'Chekov in dance,' 'captivating, engaging, funny, beautiful and moving'. Concepts of the bodymind, theories of representation, and questions around power permeate her work. Ozer’s approach to contemporary performance is at once expansive and pragmatic. Projects range; from drag performance art, to children’s theatre performances, ensemble and solo contemporary dance works and community outreach and social development projects. With a long history of collaboration in her work Ozer has trained with a number of contemporary performance makers, mentors and peers including; Deborah Hay, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin, Witness Relocation (NY), Sandra Parker, Brenda Moghan, Dahgdha Dance Company (Ireland), Ros Warby, Jochen Roller, Alice Cummins, Brian Lucas, Tony Osborne, Antje Pfundtner (Berlin), Amelio Greko and PC (Netherlands) Tess De’Quincy, Nicky Marr, various teachers in Alexander Technique for Performance at Melbourne’s F.M Alexander School and various teachers of the Shadow Yoga School, as well as receiving training in social dance styles with teachers David Backler, Tango, Joel Khon, Lindy Hip and Sahin Ozer, Turkish folk dance.


PAEA LEACH has been dancing, travelling and touring for some years now. She is intrigued by movement methods, distance communicating, self-motivated research, reading poetry, writing dance, seeing the world and taking part. Since she graduated from WAAPA in 1999 / 2001 with Honors she has made funded and unfunded work, taught classes and workshops from beginners and prisoners to professional companies and communities and worked on independent projects, as well as for and within large scale productions. Her practice varies and is informed by a history of rigorous dancing (ADT, Chunky Move, Sidi Larbi et al) yoga, somatic movement practices, improvisation practices, a collection of injuries, dancing itself of course, and the perils of living in general.


JO LLOYD is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. She has been presenting work for over 15 years, in Japan, Hong Kong, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival and Dance Massive. Recent projects include; Confusion for Three at Arts House, How Choreography Works with Deanne Butterworth and Shelley Lasica at West Space and choreography for Nicola Gunn's Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster. She has performed extensively in the works of Shelley Lasica (Solos For Other People, Dance Massive 2015), Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Sandra Parker, Prue Lang, Ros Warby and Shian Law. Other notable works include curating 24 HOURS at Dancehouse (2010) which was featured on ABC, choreography for Half Brother by visual artist David Rosetzky and a durational work with Nicola Gunn at NGVI for MelbourneNOW (White Night 2014) at NGVI and Gertrude Contemporary with artist Stephen Brams.
Jo is the recipient of two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies (Japan) and the Dancehouse Housemate Residency (2008). Jo has taught throughout Australia and overseas for Akram Khan Company, Jacobs Pillow, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Bangarra, ADT, and regularly at Chunky Move, VCA and Lucy Geurin Inc. Jo is also the co-presenter of Dancing on The Radio on Triple R. She is currently working with Ranters Theatre on their production Come Away with Me to the End of the World, to premier at the Malthouse Theatre 2016.


Sydney-born VICTORIA CHIU trained at the VCA, Melbourne. She has performed and toured extensively with European companies Companie Nomades, Cie Gilles Jobin, Micha Purucker and Jane Turner. In Australia, she has worked with Fiona Malone, Bernadette Walong and with Australian Dance Theatre for TV show 'Superstars of Dance' filmed in LA. She has choreographed four short works in Switzerland 'Oui, No Nein Non' in two parts, 'Possible?' and 'Jezabel Velvet', funded by the Ville de Geneve and Loterie Romande. Her first full length work was a Sydney/Geneva collaboration with Cie. József Trefeli called 'StarStruck' which premiered in Sydney and toured to Europe funded by the Ville de Geneve, Loterie Romande and Pro Helvetia. Her second full length was created with Roland Cox, 'The Ballad of Herbie Cox'. It toured across Canada and is touring to Los Angeles in April 2013. This year Victoria is also creating a new work on Alice Springs dance company, Dusty Feet. Together with partner Roland Cox, she has started the company CHIUCOX in 2009.


GIDEON OBARZANEK is an Australian choreographer and the former Artistic Director of Melbourne, Australia based contemporary dance company Chunky Move which he formed in 1995, in collaboration with Garry Stewart. Gideon Obarzanek spent his early childhood in Israel on an agricultural kibbutz. His family returned to Melbourne where he took jazz ballet lessons, he later went to the Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1987. He danced with the Queensland Ballet after graduation and later joined the Sydney Dance Company before pursuing a career as a performer and choreographer with various dance companies and independent projects within Australia and abroad. In that period he worked with The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Opera Australia and the Netherlands Dance Theatre. His works for Chunky Move included stage productions, installations, site-specific works and film. His works have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world in the U.K, Europe, Asia and the Americas. In New York, he has been presented at BAM Next Wave Festival, Dance Theatre Workshop and the Joyce Theatre.