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 and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.


“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 is Australia’s only presenting and producing house dedicated solely to the year-round presentation of dance by and with independent dance artists and communities.

Dancehouse represents a diversity of visions, practices, and generations committed to the expression, development and celebration of dance artists, and the artform itself.

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

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 Humanitix.

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 [email protected]

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


CEO & Artistic Director
Josh Wright

Operations Manager
Jacqui Martin

Program Manager
Efren Pamilacan

Venue & Production Manager
Rebecca Etchell

Marketing & Communications Manager
Reuben Lewis

Community Producer (Dancehousing)
Carolyn Ooi


Melanie Lane (Chair)
Viviana Sacchero (Deputy Chair)
Josef Lehrer (Treasurer)
Louise Brown (Secretary)
Dean Hampel
Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Sandra Parker
Veronica Bolzon

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

Annual Reports

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

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

'Echo' (2024) by Thomas Woodman. Photo by James Lauritz.
‘Echo’ (2024) by Thomas Woodman. Photo by James Lauritz.
Waacking Inferno Vol. 2 (2023). Photo by Nam Chops.
Waacking Inferno Vol. 2 (2023). Photo by Nam Chops.

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