Dancehouse is open with COVIDSafe restrictions in place.

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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


Your Visit

First time back in a theatre since shutdown? Here’s how we’re keeping you safe and what you can expect.

  • Currently Dancehouse only accepts pre-booked tickets and cashless payments.
  • On arrival at Dancehouse, everyone must sign-in with a QR code and sanitise their hands.
  • Currently masks are mandatory in public indoor spaces, including during performances and when working in the studio.
  • With minimum capacities in venues this year, we ask that you respect your reservation and the artists performing, regardless of cost. If you’re feeling unwell or can no longer join us, please let us know at least 24-hours prior to the event.
  • Check our website for any policy updates or changes ahead of your visit.
  • COVIDSafe Event Checklist submitted to the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)

Read our policies CovidSafe

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.


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.


Staff

Artistic Director & CEO
Josh Wright

Program Producer
Ashley Dyer

Operations Manager
Olivia Hutchinson

Marketing & Comms Manager
Audrey Schmidt

Development Manager
Jonathan Homsey

Production Manager
Georgia Rann

Venue Manager
Jill Chrisp

Creative Advisor
Philipa Rothfield

Board

Shelley Lasica (Chair)
John Paolacci (Treasurer)
Nick Hays (Deputy Chair)
Tiffany Lucas (Secretary)
Dean Hampel
Jacob Boehme
Joanna White
Sandra Parker
Veronica Bolzon


Work with us

Dancehouse is currently seeking expressions of interest to join the Board in the role of Treasurer. Expressions of interest close 5pm, Wednesday 24 March 2021.

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'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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