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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.

Dancehousing

How Dancehousing works

Mondays

On Mondays all spaces at Dancehouse are filled with local dance communities to practice in parallel and proximity with each other. Each group is allocated time and will determine how they want to use the space. Together the groups determine how they respectfully share the building through quarterly ‘Housekeeping’ meetings.

Housekeeping dates 2022: 28 Feb, 23 May, 22 Aug, 5 Dec.

Dancehouse Sundays (Mid-year event)

Anchored around the improvisational performance evening Now Pieces throughout the year, the last Sunday evening of the month will be dedicated to low-tech public performances curated and organised by the supported groups. These Sundays may change due to programming and COVID-19 restrictions. Please visit the Dancehousing or What’s On page to stay updated with Dancehousing events.

Finalé

Finalé is a new annual event centered around improvisation in street and contemporary dance. With over one hundred performers across the season, Finalé celebrates dancers from all over Melbourne for doing what they do best. This jam packed celebration will take place in November 2022. 


2022 Participating Groups

Burn City Waack (BCW)  is a community based in Melbourne dedicated to the art form Waacking. Waacking is a culture that began in the underground LGBT clubs of Los Angeles and later spread out into the world. It’s a safe space for all individuals who want to learn/share in the culture of the dance in a respectful environment for the past eight years connecting locals with international leaders in the form.

Get involved:
Casual classes: O2 Dance Studio (Fridays 8-9pm), Passion Dance Studio (Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm)
Follow Burn City Waack on Instagram (@burncity.waack)
Key Contacts: Andy Kuramoto & Jonathan Homsey
Dancehousing 8pm Mondays


The noble House of Deviné (HOD), a queer collective and family of artists, is known for creating safe spaces for QTBIPOC to thrive in, often through mentoring, training, performing and hosting inclusive events. The ballroom house consists 11 POC queer and trans individuals, together creating inclusive spaces and facilitating pathways for the LGBTQIA+ community. Currently HOD continues to create Balls focusing on the intersections of the New York Ballroom culture with the queer social culture of so called Australia, including their Housewarming Ball in 2019, funded by City of Melbourne’s Signal.

Get involved:
Casual classes: O2 Dance Studio (6-7pm)
Follow House of Deviné (HOD) on Instagram (@_houseofdevine_)
Key Contact: Kiki Dévine
Dancehousing 8pm Mondays


 In 2017 Jam on Toast (JOT) was hot out the toaster, lathered in jam and served in Melbourne’s dance community by Oliver and David. It acts as an open styles dance jam that occurs every Wednesday in Melbourne’s CBD and now Monday’s at Dancehouse – catering for all levels, styles, ages through the lens of empowerment and celebrating uniqueness.

Get involved:
Follow Jam On Toast on Instagram (@jamontoast_melbourne)
Key Contact: David Prakash and Oliver Le
Dancehousing 8pm Mondays


Contact Improvisation Melbourne are a collective of experienced Contact Improvisation (CI) practitioners, committed to keeping the richness of the CI form alive in Melbourne. For more than a decade, The Jamstas have care-taken and nourished the Melbourne CI Jam – which itself has been running on a consistent weekly basis for over 25 years; the longest running CI Jam in Australia, held for most of it’s life at Cecil Street Studio. Being involved in the Dancehousing program, offers The Jamstas time and space to deepen and nourish their own CI practices, in order to further support both the CI community of Melbourne and the broader CI community in Australia, as well as be part of the exciting dance ecosystem at Dancehouse.

Get involved:
Martin Hughes (hughes.martin@optusnet.com.au)
Caroline Ellis (dotc.lou@gmail.com)
Key Contacts: Martin Hughes and Caroline Ellis
Dancehousing Mondays 6pm


In the Moment, 2022 builds on the lineage of improvisation in contemporary dance practice in Melbourne, and opens up to forms and methods of improvisation in other creative fields and cultural practices. Improvisation as a performance technique is the disciplined exploration of embodied practice that leads to crafted, spontaneous, and artful communication made on-the-go. This monthly platform invites a range of intergenerational practitioners who–in one way or another–prioritise movement to incorporate body, sound, vocalisation, memory, image and energy, responding to each passing moment in relation to the space where they are dancing in relation to the audience.  Monday nights are an opportunity to practise performing.

Get involved:
Peter Trotman (ptrotman@bigpond.net.au)
Bronwen Kamasz (bronwenkamasz@gmail.com)
Follow In the Moment on Facebook here
Key Contacts: Peter Trotman & Bronwen Kamasz
Dancehousing Mondays 6pm


Sister Sessions is a Melbourne-based collective with the vision of creating a strong, evergreen female dance community in Australia through innovative events and projects designed to connect, challenge and empower female dancers in their individual and collective journeys. Since launching in March 2018, their Ladies Only battles have successfully recruited first timers into the battling practice, as well as increased the participation and visibility of female dancers across the broader dance scene. Seeing more than 150 female dancers across 6 events (and counting), Sister Sessions is the most prominent and consistent female dance event in Melbourne.

Get Involved:
Email: sistersessionsmelbourne@gmail.com
Follow Sister Sessions on Instagram (@sistersessionsmelbourne)
Key Contact: Marnie Newton
Each Sister Sessions event is part of their practice. Community members engage with Dancehousing across multiple different groups on Mondays. 


Dancehousing is proudly supported by Engage Yarra program 2022-2023

Besen Foundation supported the formation of Dancehousing in 2020-2021

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