“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
Your Visit in COVID
Help keep each other safe when visiting Dancehouse. Here’s what to expect when visiting:
- If you’re feeling unwell please stay at home. Do not come to Dancehouse. Let us know ASAP and we will refund your ticket
- By entering Dancehouse you acknowledge that you have not visited a red zone or public exposure site, as noted on the Department of Health Victoria | Case locations and outbreaks website
- Arrive no more than 20 minutes prior to the show or event start time. Doors to Dancehouse open around this time to permit ticket holders straight into the theatre. The Dancehouse foyer capacity is only 12 people
- Everyone must sign-in with the Victorian Government QR code and sanitise their hands upon entry
- In Victoria, you must carry a face mask on you at all times. You are very welcome to wear a mask at Dancehouse but this is not currently a requirement.
- Dancehouse operates at 75% total venue capacity with appropriate density limits for each space depending on activity. Dancehouse cleans and sanitises between each show and event. Please physically distance. Cashless payments only.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on transport to Dancehouse is available via the ‘Getting Here’ section of our contact page.
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 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.
We are artist-centred.
As an artist-instigated organisation, we continue to centre the needs and ideas of the independent dance community in Melbourne and Australia.
Dance experiences should be accessible.
We work with communities to create opportunities for dance access, appreciation and participation.
Our vision is plural.
Eschewing a singular creative vision, we bring together and nurture the individual visions of a varied and diverse community of artists and thinkers, who span dance and its expanded fields.
We support the circulation of dance artists and ideas.
We enable dance practitioners and dance knowledges to become more mobile, traversing boundaries of space and discipline.
Andy De On
Marketing & Comms Manager
Front of House Usher
Venue Supervisor & Technician
Artistic Director & CEO
Front of House Manager
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.
Work with us
Dancehouse is seeking expressions of interest to join the Board in the role of Treasurer.
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.