Dancehouse is a multi-purpose building made up of three different spaces: Sylvia Staehli Theatre (100 seats), Upstairs Studio (60 to 100 seats) and Gallery. We welcome a variety of individuals and groups to use the spaces for a very rich range of events - rehearsals, classes and workshops, shows, community activities, parties, screenings or corporate hires. Members get special rates.

Whether your event is community-driven, not-for-profit or a corporate initiative, to use our spaces, simply email or call (03) 9347 2860 to discuss your specific needs with our staff members. More information on technical specifications of our spaces can be found below.

Dancehouse is an exclusively self-presenting venue. All our programs are curated with the exception of Dancehouse's Open Season, YourWay! If you want to present a public event at Dancehouse, read more below.

For more information on our current hire rates: CLICK HERE

All 2015 Melbourne Fringe artists only pay $10/h for rehearsal space!



Sylvia Staehli Theatre

Upstairs Studio Theatre

  • Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Upstairs Studio
  • Gallery
  • Sylvia Staehli Theatre seating
  • Upstairs Studio seating
  • Gallery view

Photography by Peter Bennetts images to enlarge.


Venue Information

Bookings are subject to availability and Dancehouse's Artistic Program.

All three spaces have floors that are maintained for dance and may not be suitable for all types of usage, so please check when booking for either rehearsal or performance.

Dancehouse reserves the right to decline hire or to request changes to hire in order to accommodate the Dancehouse Artistic Program.

Dancehouse is committed to providing low cost and high quality rehearsal and creative space for individual artists and small groups. Dancehouse's three dance spaces are all well appointed, comfortable, spacious and clean. They have sprung timber floors, are heated in winter and cooled in summer and have access to toilets, bathrooms and kitchen. We do not have mirrors or barres.

All studios are equipped with stereos that have IPod connectivity. Microphone and PA hire is at an additional cost.

The Downstairs space has ramp access and amenities suitable for hirers and visitors with special needs.

Bookings over $200 may require a deposit to be paid in advance. Please contact the office for hire rates.


Your show at Dancehouse - the Your Way program

Twice a year (April and September, with the Melbourne Fringe) Dancehouse's only open season, YOUR WAY offers the opportunity to present work in a professional environment and in a context of limited financial risk. For a set fee, Dancehouse provides extensive logistical and technical support in order to allow the artists to focus on the creative aspects of their show. Dancehouse  wishes to contribute in advancing contemporary dance practice by providing showcase opportunities whilst protecting artists from the financial strain of developing their work.    

Please note Dancehouse is able to present a very limited number of works as part of this program so get in touch early!   

If you want to present your show at Dancehouse, read the Hire Partnership below &

Click here to apply

Download Hire Partnership Info Sheet (PDF)


Hire for rehearsal and creative development

All three spaces are available to hire for rehearsal and creative development at any time.

Casual bookings are arranged by emailing or phoning 03 9347 2860 and can be booked from half an hour to as long as you need, space permitting. No applications needed.

If you would like to book the space for an informal showing, a Venue Application Form must be filled out and returned to Dancehouse. Contact Dancehouse via or call 03 9347 2860 for more information.


Hire for teaching classes or instructing workshops

Dancehouse encourages and supports a wide variety of casual and one off classes and workshops. Preference will be given to dance or movement related work but they are not exclusive.

Classes/Workshops are self-entreprenuered activities run by independent practitioners who are skilled in their field. Hire for these purposes is subject to application and classes and workshops are independent from the Dancehouse program.

Download Classes & Workshops Application Form (Word document)


Corporate and Community Hires

All our spaces are available for corporate and community  hires at very friendly rates. Our Victorian heritage building will be the perfect set for your functions or events (screening, fundraising evenings, community performances, seminars, conferences, forums, etc.). We are keen to support community-driven and not-for-profit initiatives.

Please email or call Angela Conquet, Artistic Director - to discuss your project.