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Dancehouse

Dancehouse is Australia's premier centre for independent dance. Our role is threefold: to advance independent dance artists, to build dance audiences, and to develop the artform itself. With artists and audiences, we are co-creating a context for independent dance, in its diversity, to be accessed and appreciated. Together, we are nurturing dance making and dance thinking; we are building dance literacy and dance's legacy.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Between Saturday 28 July 2018 and Sunday 29 July 2018
    Sit in, listen and relax as a selection of special guests share stories and reflections about Dancehouse: the building and its rich history. Featuring artists, builders and architects who have crossed paths with Dancehouse, Backstage Banter uncovers and records the hidden narratives behind Dancehouse. Come before the tour in the morning or stay after the tour in the afternoon to extend your Dancehouse experience.
    Dancehouse
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Celebrating the music & moves from the halcyon days of disco, funk, boogie & soul, Boogie Nights Dance creates a feel-good space to unleash your inner disco god/goddess. In the free hour long class with Ally McNaughton, self-professed disco addict & professional performer, you’ll get down with a series of short dance phrases & a mini routine suitable absolute beginners & disco aficionados alike. BYO disco or exercise threads, water and comfortable soft-sole shoes.
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Graduate of Brisbane's ADPI (Australian Dance Performance Institute), trained in both RAD & FATD classical syllabus, Shay Reeves is bringing their lifetime adoration of ballet & dance to the adult beginners world. Using an open intuitive approach to the traditional class structure, Shay is focusing on creating a safe inclusive space for those wanting to experience dance for the first time to those brushing up after years gone by.
    Dancehouse - Skylab
  • Between Saturday 28 July 2018 and Saturday 28 July 2018
    'We Make Each Other Up: Text-ures' is a series of intimate reading events taking place at Carlton Library in conjunction with the Housemate performance season of 'We Make Each Other Up' presented by Dancehouse.
    Carlton Library
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Kalaripayattu is India’s ancient martial, meditational & medicinal tradition that evolved alongside Yoga & Ayurveda. Kalari classes include all the elements of a traditional Kalari practice; Loha (warm up exercises), Kalugal (leg swings to balance), Vadivu (postures as whole body Mudras which awaken the energy, creating focus), Kalari Vandanam (Salutation Vinyasa or form where we acknowledge the lineage of Kalari) & self defence sequences. Classes are open to all ages (7+) & fitness levels.
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Exploring the movement vocabularies of dances from Java, Ade shares with participants a series of observations and styles, which connect the mind, body and breath. The session will be relaxed and open to all movers, with a focus on finding your own way through the dance. Ade Suharto is an Adelaide-born dancer and choreographer who is interested in exploring her Indonesian heritage, together with composers and musicians.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Irina De Loche's Afro Latin Groove is suitable for everyone, regardless of your dance background, and especially those with none. So you think you can't dance? Then this class is for you!
    Dancehouse -Skylab
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin & International music/ dance themes that create dynamic dance classes based on the principle that the work-out should be FUN AND EASY TO DO. Classes start with a warm-up & dance on different rhythms like Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Reggaeton, African & more, ending with a cool-down. Marlyse Marquer is a dancer, originally from Mauritius & is a licensed Zumba Instructor. She loves to make her classes feel like a party - come & share the passion for Zumba!
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Teacher: Lillian Warrum. Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences and is characterized by various Bhangas (Stance), which involves stamping of the foot and striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures. The class structure follows a traditional yet a more modern approach to teaching Odissi dance. Class for beginner's level will introduce the basic positions.
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    BRINGING A NIGHT OUT TO YOUR WORKOUT! Clubbercise® classes are taught in a darkened room with disco lights and our trademark LED glow sticks set to a soundtrack of 90's Classics and new club hits! A fusion of dance, toning and combat moves with high/low impact options for all fitness levels, one class burns around 600 calories!
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    Star Entertainment & Melbourne Kpoppers teach dance choreography to Kpop songs. This will be a casual Kpop dance class for all levels. We want to provide an area where Kpop lovers can have fun, participate & meet other Kpop fans - newcomers are always welcome! Outstanding talent in classes may also be given an opportunity to become an artist under Star Entertainment & perform in Kpop related activities in Melbourne.
    Dancehouse - Skylab
  • Saturday 28 July 2018
    The swing dance era (1920s -1940s) saw the birth of many dances, such as Lindy hop, balboa, collegiate shag, west coast swing, east coast swing, St Louis shag, Charleston, solo jazz & blues, which are still danced today. You have the chance to try them out for yourself & find out why they have stood the test of time. Kara and Annabelle will get you in the collegiate shag arena, an energetic & fun dance that will have you dancing up a storm in no time.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    All are welcome to explore the plethora of benefits Hath Flow Yoga offers through the exploration of breathe, movement, shapes & stillness. Hatha Flow is an invitation of self-exploration through movement that is instigated by the breath, so students can drop into their flow state. Leesa Maree Brock has been practicing yoga on & off for 20 years & is YTT 200 Cert in Hatha Yoga & Advanced Yin with Hugh Lee. Please bring your own mat or towel, however some yoga mats are available on premises.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Established by Katrina Rank, Fine Lines is for mature dancers (late 30's - 70's) who wish to engage physically, critically & creatively in contemporary dance practice & performance making. Class will include standing & locomotor phrases & improvisation, incorporating techniques influenced by current contemporary dance practitioners. While phrases used in class are generally steady & low impact, there is a focus on dancers adapting the material & pushing it to suit their range of capabilities.
    Dancehouse - Skylab
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Contemporary OR MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION Olivia Millard
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Ashtanga Moon Yoga draws on traditional practices of Yoga with Tsuki's diverse classical & contemporary dance training. Ashtanga Yoga is a series of flowing Hatha Postures designed to lengthen, strengthen, & balance the skeletomuscular system. Tsuki identifies herself as a queer transgendered performance artist, who has worked in Israel, Melbourne & Berlin. Tsuki teaches Ashtanga Moon Yoga 3 times a week in the Carlton Gardens, getting back to natural environments in which Yoga was developed.
    Dancehouse - Skylab
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Classes begin by exploring non-stylized movements & ideas informed by bodywork practices. Focus is given to mechanics & alignment, awakening the connections that transfer movement through the body. We will explore varied ranges of movement, warming up & moving through space deepening our awareness of ourselves & surroundings. In 2018 Jo White has worked with Shelley Lasica, Jude Walton, Slown, Smallened & Son, Phillip Adams & Siobhan Murphy & currently teaches Ballet & Contemporary at the VCA.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Meghala Bhat Bharatanatyam originated in Southern India as a temple dance tradition more than 2000 years ago and is perhaps the most advanced and evolved dance form of all the Classical Indian dance forms. The movement vocabulary consists of various techniques of expressions and movements. Discover the basic steps of this exquisitely intricate dance form.
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    ActionTheater is an improvisational physical theatre training & performance method that has been created & developed by Ruth Zaporah. This ActionTheater class is directed towards performers, actors, dancers, improvisers & other artists with a regular physical practice. However it is also open to anyone with a good level of fitness who is keen to engage with greater awareness and physical presence in their actions, sounds & words. To read more about ActionTheater check out www.actiontheater.com.
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Contemporary Chimene Steel Prior
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Underground Dance Fusion is an expressive dance form made by the fusion of contemporary & urban dance techniques. The two styles meet & confront each other in an ongoing exchange of creative inputs, aiming to discover new languages of expression. Classes are focused on combining dynamic movements through the space, level & energy, floor work technique & body isolation, going straight to the next step of exploring in terms of creating what we call a ''contamination'' of movements.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Sunday 29 July 2018
    Marnie will be offering a beginners waacking class, a dance form that emerged during the 1970s disco era from the LGBT clubs of Los Angeles. Marnie recently taught waacking for James Welsby’s 2018 Housemate residency Queer Dance Series, a curated term of free dance classes which explored queer dance manifestations and possibilities taught in 10 different styles by 10 different teachers
    Dancehouse -Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Between Saturday 4 August 2018 and Saturday 4 August 2018
    'We Make Each Other Up: Text-ures' is a series of intimate reading events taking place at Carlton Library in conjunction with the Housemate performance season of 'We Make Each Other Up' presented by Dancehouse.
    Carlton Library
  • Between Saturday 11 August 2018 and Saturday 11 August 2018
    'We Make Each Other Up: Text-ures' is a series of intimate reading events taking place at Carlton Library in conjunction with the Housemate performance season of 'We Make Each Other Up' presented by Dancehouse.
    Carlton Library
  • 12-26 August, 2018
    NEXT STAGES is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.
    Dancehouse - Sky Lab
  • Between Sunday 12 August 2018 and Sunday 26 August 2018
    NEXT STAGES is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.
    Dancehouse - Sky Lab
  • Between Sunday 12 August 2018 and Sunday 26 August 2018
    NEXT STAGES is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.
    Dancehouse - Sky Lab
  • Friday 17 August 2018
    In conjunction with the Housemate performance season of Rhiannon Newton's 'We Make Each Other Up', Caitlin Franzmann explores contemporary art’s potential to instigate change by way of critical listening, dialogue and embodied learning.
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Between Saturday 18 August 2018 and Saturday 18 August 2018
    'Fortunes of the Forest' is a one-to-one-to-one encounter between AMAARA RAHEEM, CAITLIN FRANZMANN and an individual. Selecting a card from the deck visitors receive a divination reading as well as a gift of a small dance triggered by the card they have chosen.
    Carlton Library
  • Between Saturday 18 August 2018 and Saturday 18 August 2018
    'We Make Each Other Up: Text-ures' is a series of intimate reading events taking place at Carlton Library in conjunction with the Housemate performance season of 'We Make Each Other Up' presented by Dancehouse.
    Carlton Library
  • Between Sunday 19 August 2018 and Sunday 19 August 2018
    'Fortunes of the Forest' is a one-to-one-to-one encounter between AMAARA RAHEEM, CAITLIN FRANZMANN and an individual. Selecting a card from the deck visitors receive a divination reading as well as a gift of a small dance triggered by the card they have chosen.
    Carlton Library
  • Between Saturday 25 August 2018 and Saturday 25 August 2018
    'We Make Each Other Up: Text-ures' is a series of intimate reading events taking place at Carlton Library in conjunction with the Housemate performance season of 'We Make Each Other Up' presented by Dancehouse.
    Carlton Library
  • Between Wednesday 29 August 2018 and Sunday 2 September 2018
    Dancehouse is delighted to present the world premiere of WE MAKE EACH OTHER UP, a new Housemate artist-in-residence production by Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, Rhiannon Newton. Stemming from a desire to be a little more plant-like in life and work, Newton asks 'could a dance grow as a plant does'?
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre

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