“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
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.
Artistic Director & CEO
Marketing & Comms Manager
A solid, resilient and unique organisation, with a long-standing reputation for excellence and rigour in delivering its diversity of programs and services, Dancehouse exists to advance independent contemporary dance in Australia.
Established by a working group of independent dance practitioners in 1992, Dancehouse has transformed from a small creative community of artists into a nationally and internationally significant art centre for contemporary dance. From its base in Melbourne, its reputation and influence has crossed state boundaries to shape the art form nationally and internationally.
Through its programs of research, performance and artist development, Dancehouse creates an environment where creative risk, independent career paths, collaborative relationships and diverse practice and presentation can flourish and proliferate. At the vanguard of contemporary dance, Dancehouse presents rigorous, cutting-edge research and performance, thus playing a significant role in the development of innovative dance practices, new audiences and ongoing artistic enquiry. Dancehouse is also a crucial link to a network of movement practices, artists and organisations, in Australia and internationally. Dancehouse thus nurtures and connects the independent dance community with audiences and networks, locally and globally, contributing solidly to outstanding and sustainable career paths and engendering a broader and more informed appreciation of the art form.
With a 28-year history Dancehouse has, in recent years, emerged as a confident, competently governed and resilient key industry leader in nurturing new thinking, supporting engaged dance practices and cultivating audience access and appreciation. Initiatives such as the Keir Choreographic Award, Dance Massive, Dancehouse International or Dancehouse Diary have brought increased recognition and momentum. Dancehouse is undoubtedly an art innovator, a hub of knowledge, resources and opportunities for dance makers, and a catalyst of inspiring approaches to engage with new audiences.
The only organisation of its kind in Australia and a unique incubator for developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaged art, Dancehouse stands strongly and truly for independence, experimentation and for the belief that art is a necessary and powerful force in contemporary society.
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.