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.


Alec Pernes for Freedance. Photo by Mathew Lynn.

Alec Pernes for Freedance. Photo by Mathew Lynn.


Freedance is a series of energetic dance classes held in the open air at Abbotsford Convent (2020-2021) and at Fed Square (2021), led and curated by local artists from Dancehouse. There are different class styles to choose from, including: a Contemporary Action Lab for professional contemporary dancers; a Street Dance series for all levels; a Family Freedance series for the whole family; and Queer Dance.

2021 | Fed Square

Street Dance, June—July | Litefeet (Arisa Herbert), House (Alec Pernes), Jamaican Dancehall (Cat Pwiti & Chuby Dice)

Queer Dance, May | Vogue (Kiki Targe), Waacking (Marnie Newton), Queer Expression and Drag Culture (Valerie Hex)

2020—2021 | Abbotsford Convent

Contemporary Action Lab
Curators: Melanie Lane and Kyall Shanks
Teachers: Jo Lloyd, Israel Aloni, Rebecca Jensen, Paea Leach, Shelley Lasica, Sarah Aiken

Street Dance
Curators: Trevor Santos Marnie Newton
Teachers: Briana Cohen, Kiki Devine, Martijn Sedgfield, Arisa K Herbert, Christian Francisco (Nonoy), Alec Pernes, Hëna Memishi

Family Freedance
Curators: Josh Lowe and Shamita Sivabalan
Teachers: Ida Ghatge, Rachel Mackie, Zoe & Aaron (Team Dream), Beth Lane, Ngioka Bunda Heath, Shamita Sivabalan



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