Weekly Class Schedule

These classes are a great way to meet people, get away from the hustle and bustle, stay fit and learn new techniques. Have a look at what's on offer and then feel free to contact the teachers directly or contact Dancehouse on 9347 2860 or


Monday 6.30 - 8.00pm 
Intermediate Contemporary                                                        

These classes will focus on movement that feels good and that is also good for you. We will learn contemporary dance phrases that detail movement pathways, weight transfer and different ways to harness and create momentum. Emphasis will be on moving efficiently and with ease. Each class will include a thorough warm up that trains alignment, strength, control and flexibility, enabling an unhindered and supported dancing body. Routines will be highly physical, particularly in regard to transitioning into and out of floor work. Attention will also be given to presence and focus: how these states enhance dancing and how these states are achieved in dancing.
This class can serve as a follow on from the beginner contemporary class or as an intermediate class on its own. A reasonable amount of fitness and prior dance experience is recommended.

Sophia Cowen is an independent dance teacher and dance artist based in Melbourne. She holds a B.A in Dance Choreography from the School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam 2004) after initially obtaining dance qualifications from the Northern Rivers Conservatory for the Arts (N.S.W. 1996). Sophia has worked as a performer for N.O.R.P.A Dance Theatre (N.S.W.), Janis Claxton (N.S.W.), and Martin Butler (Amsterdam) as well as collaborating with artists from various disciplines for numerous performances and events. 
She has held dance-teaching positions with Anglicare Youth Services-Glenroy, The Arts Centre Education Program and Deakin University, as well as freelancing Australia wide.

Dates: April 12 - Dec 13 (Exc: 24/5, 28/6, 5/7, 13/9, 4/10)
Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm
Cost: $15/12 Dancehouse Members/Conc. for casual classes.
Sophia 0415 326 507 or

Monday 7.00 - 9.00pm
Natural States - Embodiment Studies & Exploration                6 week series

Natural States is an ongoing workshop series focused on in-depth embodiment studies & movement exploration. The workshops follow a developmental line of inquiry continually returning to an organic, felt-sense of being-presence - our own natural state of movement function and expression. The primary vehicles for these explorations will be: Body-Mind Centering® theory and practice; contact improvisation, yoga, contemplative movement; and solo and ensemble dance work. This pathway will be supported by philosophy and practice from contemplative traditions that honour direct experience, awareness and self liberated states. Workshops may be of interest to: dancers, dance educators, dance/movement therapists; choreographers, performers; yoga practitioners & teachers; athletes, meditation practitioners and those engaged in the study of somatics. Natural States is a project of Embodied Life International.

Llewellyn Wishart holds post graduate qualifications in early childhood education, adult learning & movement-dance education. He is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and professional practice member of BMCA Inc. He has studied and practiced Contact Improvisation for over 20 years, having taught the form in Australia, New Zealand and USA. He was a founding member of mixed-ability dance company State of FLUX in Melbourne; and a foundation management committee member of Dancehouse.

Llewellyn has pioneered Body-Mind Centering® applications in professional learning settings in Australia and the U.S. He has worked in this capacity with: UNE, Deakin and Melbourne Universities; Stamping Ground Dance Festival, VIS, Sport Ed VIC, Royal Botanic Gardens Education (Melbourne & Cranbourne), Bluearth Foundation, CPX Melbourne, BMCA, Clover Catskill Berkeley, California; Simply Balanced San Francisco and Auburn-Lewiston YMCA Maine.

Dates: Series IV: 18 Oct - 22 Nov 2010
Cost: $96.00 (Full) $84.00 (Concession/Students/Dancehouse/Ausdance Members) per 6 week series.
No casual classes.
Llewellyn Wishart 0408 210 076 or Email  Skype: embodied-life

Tuesday 10.15 - 11.00am
Sprout: Music | Movement | Dance

SPROUT Music | Movement | Dance is a Body-Mind Centering® approach to early years education being developed by Llewellyn Wishart and associates. It is a developmental and multisensory approach emphasizing embodied learning through: music, movement and dance. Classes are for young children of a mixed age range (birth - 5 years). Parents, extended family or friends are welcome to participate. Active collaboration between children and adults in the routines and rituals of the class is encouraged.
Children and adults will have the opportunity to:
- learn and share songs (contemporary, traditional and cross cultural);
- share rhythms, movement and dance explorations with a variety of engaging stimuli, themes and stories,
- make dances, exploring themes of interest to young children and use props - all in a play-based environment.

Llewellyn Wishart holds post graduate qualifications in early childhood education, adult learning & movement-dance education. He is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, professional practice member of Body-Mind Centering® Association Inc. (BMCA) and follows its Code of Ethical Standards of Practice. He has completed teacher training in the Music Together® LLC early childhood music education approach developed by the Centre for Music & Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. Over a ten year period he developed an early childhood movement education curriculum - "Developmental Movement & Dance" which was delivered in over 10 different long day care centres, preschools and kindergartens in Victoria and NSW. Llewellyn currently teaches in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Program at Deakin University. He has worked as an early childhood consultant with Bluearth Foundation and as an early childhood teacher at North West Brunswick Kindergarten, Gowrie VIC and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Education.

Dates: Term 4 5/10 - 14/12 (10 weeks Term 4) No class Melbourne Cup Day
Cost: Fees $130 / $110 Conc) (10 weeks Term 3 & 4) No casual classes.
Time: 10.15 - 11.00am
Contact: Llewellyn Wishart 0408 210 076 or Email  Skype: embodied-life

Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30pm
Alchemy - from Impulse to Expression         

This improvisation intensive is for dancers wishing to explore the freedom and beauty of the present moment.

With a focus on IMPROVISATION, we develop trust in our inner world - embracing the unique qualities that make us who we are, and allowing them to activate and inspire the dance. Together, we embark on a deep excavation of the connections between inner self and outer expression - through dance, writing, drawing and sharing. In a dynamic process of affirmation and transformation, we explore and integrate our sensations, feelings, memories and imaginings through the body and breath. Alchemy engages the heart and enriches the spirit in a joyful celebration of the moving moment.

For the last nine years Anne has been running Alchemy at Dancehouse in 8-week blocks, comprising of 8 Tuesdays with an additional evening in the eighth week for a performance showing. There are 9 sequential sessions in each Alchemy series overall - a layering of content week by week.

Anne O'Keeffe is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, trained at Rusden (Dance/ Drama) and Victorian College of the Arts (Choreography). She has taught movement-based improvisation since 1984, profoundly influenced by her training with Al Wunder, Joan Skinner (Skinner Releasing Technique), Stephanie Skura, Eva Karczag and Min Tanaka.
Anne has performed as an improviser in Australia and overseas and her company, SIRENSONG, has produced Walk on Water at the Melbourne  City Baths (1999/00), her solo work Sex and Death at Chapel Off Chapel (2002/03) and Song of Longing at Victorian College of the Arts (2008).
Anne teaches Movement to actors at the National Theatre and Improvisation to dancers at Victorian College of the Arts, and has recently completed her Master of Choreography - investigating intersections between improvisation, spirituality and performance. Anne provides a warm, generous space where students can explore their dance deeply and joyfully. Her teaching emphasizes integration and  liberation of the self through the dance. She is passionate in her commitment to supporting students in their creative unfolding.

Dates: series one 2011 Jan 11 - Mar 1
Next Showing: Saturday Mar 5, 7:30pm.
Time: 6.30 - 9.30pm
Cost: $310 (Full) $280 (Conc.)
Full Term Bookings only; casual classes not available.
Anne O'Keeffe: 9531 8331/0411 218 101 Website: Email:

Wednesdays & Fridays 5.00 - 6.30pm
Odissi Classical Indian Dance

The class structure follows a traditional yet a more modern approach to teaching odissi dance. The class starts warm up routine starting with yogic exercise and warm up stretches for 30 minutes.

Class for beginner's level introduces the first basic position the Chowk. The square position also the masculine and full bodied energy posture. Ten steps follow the introduction of chowk.  The second position or the tribhangi the feminine three bends position. Ten steps increasing in rhythmic syllables introduced. The torso movement accompanying this dance is the most unique structure lent to odissi. It frees the upper body of the waist and the shoulders.
Introduction to Arasas rhythmic structures set to different beats with compositions to prepare for the larger pieces in the first full-fledged dance piece. Seven arasas. Time taken to complete the above mentioned structures over all is one year of learning twice weekly.

Monica Singh is a Visharad in Odissi dance from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi and is a senior disciple of Smt. Madhavi Mudgal.
The most contradictory fact of Indian classical dance is that all styles are so different in their inherent structure and form that to have two styles in one body ends up leaving the dancer dangerously bordering on the superficiality of form. It is to avoid this pitfall that Monica decided to learn and stay committed to Odissi alone after she started training with Smt Madhavi Mudgal.
Monica trained extensively with her for 15 years and gained immense experience and in depth knowledge about Odissi not just through its traditional form but also by being a part of the choreographic works based on exploring.
Monica has travelled to and performed in France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, etc.
In 2010 Monica Singh has been granted a permanent residency by the Australian Govt Under the Distinguished talent visa category . She Has now moved to Australia and continues to perform and teach there as well. The Sohamasmi Centre for Indian performing Arts now has a branch In Melbourne and Gisborne. She divides her time between her students in India and Australi.

Date: Wednesday and Friday starting Nov 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec 1, 3, 8, 10
Time: 5.00 - 6.30pm
Cost: $160 for two classes pw for one month $150 Dancehouse members
Contact: , or call 0450-059-520

Wednesday 6.30 - 8.00 pm
Congolese Dancing "soukous style"              

This dance class is for anyone with a love of dance or African rhythm and dance in particular. The term 'soukous' literally means to shake or dance energetically. Soukous dancing and music is explosive, fun, lively and playful, connecting the body and the spirit. It has evolved from the classic folkloric Rumba style of Congolese music. Passi Jo will incorporate the traditional Rumba with the more modern Soukous style, adding a hint of Latin American Salsa. Classes will cater for all age groups, and be taught in a structured class situation that is fun and easy to follow. The complex polyrhythms of the rumba/soukous style of dance will be broken down into a number of segments, each incorporating a specific part of the body. It is preferred that participants dance with bare feet, and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.

Passi Jo was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and is a direct descendent of the Balari Troubadours who travelled from village to village singing about love, hate, death, friendship and all aspects of everyday life in Africa. Passi Jo has continued to embrace this musical legacy in his own independent musical career in Africa, Europe and now in Australia. In 1982 he moved to Paris and began a chain of successful international tours that introduced and endeared him to fans throughout Europe, North and South America, and Oceania, as well as continuing his popularity in his African homeland. In 1990 he toured Australia with African soukous singer Tchico Tchicaya, and relocated permanently to Australia in 1993. His musical career has spanned three decades and he has released more than 15 albums during this time. In 1998, he formed Warako Musica and has played at most music festivals around Australia. In 2000, Warako Musica was awarded Best Live World Music Act at the Australian Music Industry Awards.

Date: Feb 17 - Oct 27 (Exc: 29/9, 6/10)
Time: 6.30 - 8.00 pm 
Cost: 8 week season - $160 Full; $140 Concession/Dancehouse Members.
Casual - $25 Full; $20 Concession/Dancehouse Members.
Signing up for a season of classes is preferred, but single casual classes will be accepted and accommodated.
Contact: 0417 707 288 or email

Thursday 10.30 - 11.30am
Kiddy Rock                                                            

Kiddyrock's focus is on fostering a love of the Arts through music, singing, dancing, creative play and self-expression from an early age. Kiddyrock Workshops are fun and fast paced, stimulating young minds and helping to develop new skills. We incorporate stories, songs and games to promote listening aptitude and fun collaboration.
Kiddyrock was started in late 2007, and has been out on the road in various day care centres, kindergartens and primary schools around Melbourne ever since.

What is Kiddyrock?
Kiddyrock is a music program aimed at children aged from 6 months to 6 years. Parents are encouraged to participate and observe in all classes.

What does Kiddyrock do?
Each week, the workshop aims to introduce a new instrument or a new musical idea - rhythm, pitch, tone, melody - to the group with the ultimate aim of promoting an early interest and understanding of music.

What does Kiddyrock believe in?
We believe that music is a great vehicle to empower young minds. We hope to give children the opportunity to understand other cultures, gain confidence, create friendships, embrace broader points of view, and to play and work collaboratively.We also recognise that the Australian music community should be nourished with new talent and you never know, your child could be that new musical talent! In addition, while the kids are learning these amazing new skills and values, why not inject a whole bunch of fun with it?

Date:  Term 4 Oct 7 - Dec 16.
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am
Cost: Term Fee: $100 per term or $15 per session & concessions available to families with multiple children.
Contact:   or 0410 801 160

Thursday 4.00 - 5.00pm                                                                 New course
Drama for Children

Drama class for children aged between 6-9 years old. Fun-based drama to encourage self-esteem and confidence in children.  Work on characters & participate in theatre games and on the last day perform a short play.
Numbers Limited

Dates: October 7 - November 4
4.00 - 5.00pm
Cost: TBC
 Murray on 0402 254 538 or E:

Thursdays 6.30 - 8.00pm
Bollywood for Beginners

Dance to the fast and exciting beats of Bollywood. Give the body the leap it deserves. Classes include a variety of styles: classical Indian, western, funk, hip swing and hip hop; contemporary dancing with Bollywood style. Routines are designed to cater for all age groups and are taught in a fun and easy to follow manner. We bring joy, unity, culture, happiness and coordination all under the Bollywood Dance banner. Our motto is to have fun while learning, get the moves right and keep on smiling. Perform as part of a Bollywood troupe for official programs, festivals and events?

Mai Nachungi Dance Company Inc is a non profit Bollywood Dance company based in southeast Melbourne. Choreographer's, Pushpa has 8 to 15 years of dance and choreography experience. Pushpa, is a talented teacher who has choreographed dance and drama shows for a variety of ages and audiences as well as being an ISKCON Temple cultural coordinator. Wear 3/4 length black pants and loose comfortable t-shirts.

Dates: Jan 13 - Dec 8 (Exc: 29/9, 6/10,17/11) Plus rehearsal first Wed. of every month 8 - 9pm after class.
Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm
Cost: $150 - per term for 10 classes or Casual $18/15 Dancehouse Members/Conc.
0432 058 729 or 0432 235 205 or E:  Website

Thursday 8.00 - 10.00pm                                                               
Living Sculptures

Embracing playfulness and expression to enable change - starting September 9.
Living Sculptures is a unique and exciting workshop series offered currently in Melbourne by healing practitioner Bruno Thiel. Bruno has developed this powerful new format from years of experience as a dance and music therapist, qualified homeopath and intuitive healer.
As the director of Living Sculptures, Bruno brings creative ingredients such as music, movement, fun, play and intuitive facilitation to the individual and the group. This rich approach is complemented by group dialogue and sharing, forming a vibrant yet safe, non-judgemental space for participants to explore, play and resolve themes that arise from within themselves and the group.
You are invited to contemplate an intention before the first session. It could be about resolving conflict, improvement around health or relationship or simply wanting to explore how and where you want to move forward in your life, and explore new possibilities and pathways that lie before you.
Living Sculptures' transformative processes are individually tailored and are in spontaneous response to the needs of the group and single participant, providing the opportunity to learn from each other, to recognise the power and beauty in people's individual expression and to enable true change in your life.

No prior experience in dance, movement or drama necessary. You're welcome to come as you are (bring comfortable clothing).
This workshop is offered only a few times a year.
Maximum group size is twelve people. Book now to secure your place.

Dates: Sep 9, 16, 23 & Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4.
Time: 8.00 - 10.00pm
Costs: Complete Series $150/135 - Three Sessions $100/85 - Single Drop-In $35/30
                              FIRST DROP-IN SESSION FREE (please register before session)
Contact: Bruno 0402 766 667 or email

Saturday 10.30 - 12.00pm
Open Contemporary class                                            

This class involves a combination of technical exercises and phrase material, designed to increase fitness, strength, flexibility and movement language.  Heidi's training in Classical, Martha Graham and Release techniques has influenced her contemporary style, as is evident throughout the class, which reflect each of these styles at times, melded together with her own movement.   The class is offered at an intermediate level however less experienced dancers who would like a challenge are welcome.

Heidi Mckerrow's interest in dance began at the local ballet school as a child. After finishing highschool she received a scholarship to study dance full time at the Wesley Institute, Sydney, where her training focused on Graham and Release Techniques, along with a strong Classical foundation. After graduating in 2002 Heidi went on to dance part time with a variety of Wesley Graduates including Creah Ruach Creative Arts Company while also teaching ballet and contemporary dance to adults. In 2005 she made the move to Melbourne and worked with WaterCarriers Dance Company, as a dancer and choreographer, on community arts projects including Darker Side of Chocolate and Broken Down Silence. In 2008 she began training regularly with Helena Yuk and assisting in school performances and workshops. Most recently she performed with Helena's Undercurrent Dance Company in Black Ocean.
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) 2000-2002 Wesley Institute, Cecchetti Intermediate Exam 1999

Dates: Jan 23 - Dec 11 (Exc: 3/7, 10/7, 17/7, 14/8, 30/10, 6/11 ) 
10.30 - 12.00pm
Cost: $14/$11 Dancehouse Members/Conc.
Heidi on 0422 195 668 or E:

Saturday 12.00 - 1.30pm
Contemporary for Beginners                                        

These classes are relaxed, with a high-energy approach to movement. They provide an introduction to contemporary dance and are suitable for those new to the style and those returning to the basics. The classes are built around foundations of movement like falling, reaching, swinging and spiraling, combined together with contemporary dance phrases. Warm up routines are aimed at promoting fitness, flexibility and strength as well as providing a basis for dancing. The focus is on getting our bodies moving up, down and out through space with ease, providing a worked body and an enjoyable dance experience. Attention to alignment and body awareness is given throughout.

This class is run in 6-week blocks for beginners to contemporary dance or on a casual basis for those with prior dance experience. However, for casual participants, it is recommended that you only attend week 5 and 6 if you have attended a prior class or two in that same 6-week block. The block will conclude in week 6 by combining the routines already learnt into a longer continuous dance, and concentrating more on dance qualities, timing and group awareness.
Note: This class includes floor routines that require comfortable and long layers of clothes to enable rolling and sliding on the floor. 

Sophia Cowen is an independent dance teacher and dance artist based in Melbourne. She holds a B.A in Dance Choreography from the School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam 2004) after initially obtaining dance qualifications from the Northern Rivers Conservatory for the Arts (N.S.W. 1996). Sophia has worked as a performer for N.O.R.P.A Dance Theatre (N.S.W.), Janis Claxton (N.S.W.), and Martin Butler (Amsterdam) as well as collaborating with artists from various disciplines for numerous performances and events. 
She has held dance-teaching positions with Anglicare Youth Services-Glenroy, The Arts Centre Education Program and Deakin University, as well as freelancing Australia wide.

Please check website or contact Sophia for the start dates of each block or for any other queries.

Dates: Jan 18 - Oct 30 (Exc: June 5 - July 24, 2/10, 23/10)
Time: 12.00 - 1.30pm
Cost: $15/12 Dancehouse Members/Conc. for casual classes. Or $75/ $60 for 6 week block.
*Note that the package deal is open to any participant, not required by any participant.
Sophia 0415 326 507 or

Saturday 12.00 - 1.00pm
Evixa - 8 week workshop

Flic Manning will run an eight week workshop on Evixa - a new dance style that she has created that is based on the Cuban foot positioning and step patterns from some Latin American styles, mixed with the movement of hip hop (Lyrical through popping and Locking). It is a style that will be best suited to people with some experience in either Latin American or Hip Hop styles. The class is the mostly part choreography based and has already attracted a lot attention in the Melbourne with a number or musicians seeing the style as "cutting-edge". This will be the first official workshop in the Evixa style, and on some of the lessons a small film crew would be present.

For the Workshop Structure Plan, Click here (PDF).

Flic Manning is a Dance Choreographer, Teacher and Performer currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. She has been dancing and performing since the age of 3 in styles ranging from Pointe Ballet, Calisthenics and Lyrical Jazz through to Hip Hop and Latin American. She has an unbridled passion for dancing which has been evident since her early years as a successful performer in a range of musicals including 'Chicago', 'Annie', 'A Chorus Line' and ‘Oklahoma‘ to name a few.

Her creative flair has lead to her recent successes in Choreographing for Short Films, Music Videos and the Stage with productions like "Honeypot", "Hurricane" (music video and behind the scenes documentary) and "Burlesque through the eyes of Minsky Malone" which was a recent feature of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Flic also just completed the Choreography for a brand new musical called "The Balinese Princess and The Funky Monkey", which debuted in front of 3000 people. The show required her to learn traditional Balinese dancing and then combine this style with Hip Hop styles like Krunk and Popping and Locking to create an entirely new and unique style.

Dates: April 6th - 25th May
Time: 12.00 - 1.00pm
Contact: Flic Manning 0406 311 184
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Saturday 2.00 - 3.00pm
Bharatanatyam - South Indian Classical Dance

Bharatanatyam is an ancient Indian classical dance style, originally performed in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. Movement, mime and music contribute in equal measure to this beautiful dance and are evenly divided between nritta- pure dance, and nritya- expressional compositions.

Students of all ages will be trained in the basics of Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance )
Along with some theory to gain a better understanding of the dance form, they will progress to perform the dance items gradually. Advanced lessons will be conducted for the students with some previous knowledge.

No prior experience in any form of dance is required and there are no age barriers. Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Guru: Meghala, who is a disciple of Dr.Vasundhara Doraswamy [Director of Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre, Mysore] in Bharatanatyam, has been training for a period of 15 years and has worked as a senior lecturer in the institute for 10 years - She is currently the advisor for FIMDV [Federation of Indian Music and Dance Victoria] Meghala has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards during her dance career - she has the proficiency and proven credentials for the profession.

Dates: Saturdays Weekly starting October 9 - 30 and Dec 4 & 11 and more next year at Dancehouse.
Time: 2.00 - 3.00pm
Costs: $13.50/ hr
Contact: Call Meghala Bhat on 0439 523 950 or email



If you're looking for a venue to teach your technique class or workshop and pass on your knowledge, skills and ideas, Dancehouse has high quality, affordable dance spaces.

Weekly Dance Classes
Weekly Dance Classes are ongoing technique classes taught by artists and teachers who hire our space to host their classes.  In 2009, classes have included Dance Conditioning, Contemporary Dance for Beginners, Alchemy - from impulse to expression, Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary Technique classes, Yoga, Bollywood Dancing and Open Contemporary Dance. 
Classes kick off in mid-January. 

If ongoing classes aren't your thing, you may wish to apply to teach a workshop at Dancehouse.  These often take place over a weekend or short period during the week. 

Teachers of Classes & Workshops pay an affordable studio hire fee and handle all bookings and income generated from their classes. Dancehouse supports their classes through promotion, audiovisual facilities and maintaining affordable, accessible and quality dance studios.

You are eligible for consideration to teach classes or workshops if you are:
A Dancehouse Member (or become one).
An Australian resident for tax purposes.
A dance teacher with a minimum of three years professional teaching experience.

How to Apply
NOTE: You do not need to apply to attend Dancehouse Classes or Workshops.  This application process is only for teachers seeking to teach their classes here at Dancehouse.


If you are interested in teaching your technique class as one of our Weekly Dance Classes, you can also contact Brett on 03 9347 2860 or email for questions and assistance. 

Closing Dates
There are no closing dates.  Applications are considered on an ongoing basis, but space is limited.

If you are interested in teaching weekly classes or short term workshops, at Dancehouse , please download an application form.  Applications can be received at any time.