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Dancehouse stands on what always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, to their elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

About

“Dancehouse is a home of independent movers, it’s got their back, it’s under their feet and carries them forward. It is radar, signal, transmitter and receiver. It is a homeland for Independent, the bold, the brave, the rare, the fragile.” — Hellen Sky, Dancehouse Co-Founder


What we do

Established in 1992 by local artists, Dancehouse represents a diversity of visions, practices and generations and is committed to the development of dance artists, dance audiences and the artform.

As Australia’s only venue dedicated solely to the year-round presentation of contemporary dance, Dancehouse plays an integral and irreplaceable role in the growth, sustainability and exposure of a vibrant Australian independent dance sector.

At the heart of Dancehouse is a heritage Victorian building in North Carlton on unceded Wurundjeri Country. The building has two studios and a theatre space that are leased generously by the City of Yarra for nominal rent.

Dancehouse offers accessible and affordable spaces to an array of movement practitioners, teachers, audiences and communities. As a producing and presenting house, Dancehouse hosts large-scale events and festivals that support both local artists and international guests and offer programs that are incubators, catalysts and connectors; spanning presentations, commissions, training, residencies, research, capacity building, public programs, digital content and publications.


Our Policies

Dancehouse Policies are developed in line with our Code of Conduct to reflect the standards of Dancehouse, and our expectations for those who engage with us. To find out more or report an incident, please read these carefully.

Dancehouse Policies


Your Visit in COVID

Dancehouse is currently open with a COVIDSafe plan in place.

COVIDSafe Plan

 

Always check our website for any policy updates or changes ahead of your visit or feel free to call (03 9347 2860) or email us if you have any questions or concerns.

If you’re looking to book a space, head to our spaces page.


Accessibility Guide

Dancehouse seek to make our venue accessible for as many people as possible. To support this, we have:

  • A wheelchair accessible foyer and main theatre with a ramped from entrance on Princes St.
  • A lowered entry keypad at the Princes Street entrance
  • An accessible all gendered bathroom with RH toilet, handrail, lever-handled tap, adjustable showerhead and shower bench. Entrance via the foyer.
  • We offer access to additional tickets to performances for Companion Card holders. You can book an additional ticket free of charge by choosing the Companion Card option via Trybooking.

Please note: All events in the Sylvia Staehli Theatre are wheelchair accessible but the Upstairs Studio and Skylab Studio are only accessible via staircase.

If you have any questions or requests please don’t hesitate to contact Dancehouse on 03 9347 2860 or email info@dancehouse.com.au

Information on transport to Dancehouse is available via the ‘Getting Here’ section of our contact page.


People

Marketing & Partnerships Manager
Audrey Schmidt

Associate Producer/Program Coordinator (ECP)
Beth Raywood Cross

Community Producer (Dancehousing)
Carolyn Ooi

Operations Manager
Jacqui Martin

CEO & Artistic Director
Josh Wright

Venue & Production Manager
Rebecca Etchell

Dancehouse Diary Editor
Angela Conquet

Dancehouse Diary Editor & Creative Consultant
Philipa Rothfield

Board

Shelley Lasica (Chair)
Nick Hays (Deputy Chair)
Josef Lehrer (Treasurer)
Tiffany Lucas (Secretary)
Dean Hampel
Melanie Lane
Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Sandra Parker
Veronica Bolzon
Viviana Sacchero

Support Us

As Australia’s only venue dedicated solely to the year-round presentation of dance, Dancehouse is home to so many and so much. The place to find moving seasons of worksexperimental choreographic gamesmonthly improvisation nightsvogue ballsbattlesengaging talksnew artist-led festivalsa national choreographic prize, and a screendance festival.

Small, but mighty, Dancehouse is proudly playing an irreplaceable role in celebrating our vibrant dance sector.

With your support, we are the home for independent dance.

Support Us


Work with us

Dancehouse isn’t currently seeking any employees. Please sign-up to the Dancehouse e-news to be kept up to date with any new opportunities.

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Dancehouse is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Yarra.

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report


'Dancing Qweens' (2019), James Welsby. Photo by Matto Lucas.

Dancing Qweens (2019), James Welsby. Photo by Matto Lucas.

'If It's All In My Veins' (2017), Martin Hansen. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse.

If It’s All In My Veins (2017), Martin Hansen. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse.

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