Dancehouse - Home of independent dance

Type of space: Dance Studio, Music Rehearsal Space, Rehearsal Space, Performance venue, Music Performance Venue, Residency, Theatre

    Australia's premier centre for contemporary dance, combining research, training and performance.

    Situated in the Melbourne suburb of North Carlton, Dancehouse provides continuity, support and synergy to the development of contemporary dance practice and artists.

    Dancehouse has three studio spaces available for hire, for casual rehearsals, creative development, workshops and classes, informal showings and performances. Our spaces are suitable for fundraising events, seminars, gallery showings and corporate events.

    SKYLAB is a small, light filled space perfect for intimate rehearsals and solo dance. It has a mirror wall, barre and professional dance floor.

    The Upstairs Studio is a larger, serene space with high vaulted ceilings and a generous amount of natural light. Workshops and classes are perfectly suited to this space, as is larger group rehearsals.

    The Sylvia Staehli Theatre is perfect for performances, with a raked seating bank and capacity of 100. This space is a black box with theatre curtains and a grand presence. This space connects directly to our well-equipped green room and foyer with bar services.

    Pricing Terms

    On application.

    Special Requirements

    Dancehouse has a Public Liability policy, but individuals and groups running classes will need their own personal liability insurance.

    Lease Conditions

    Dancehouse is available for hire between 9.30am-9.30pm everyday. Times can be extended for performances. Hires are subject to the artistic program.

    Parking Notes

    Street parking only

    This space is suitable for DanceExhibitionsFilmInstallationMeetingsMusic / SoundNew MediaOpenings/launchesPerformancePhotographyProject SpaceResidencySpoken WordWorkshops


    • Floor Dimensions 3 studios;14m x 9.5, 11 x 9m, 4.9 x 12.
    • Ceiling Height High (3m - 4m)


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Bold signage

    • Close seating

    • Entrance ramps

    • Public transport

    • Seating for vision impaired

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Wheelchair accessible

    • Wide hallways / entrance

    For performers
    • Arriving / exiting ramp

    • Flexible environment in dressing room

    • Performer disabled toilet

    • Performer ramps

    • Smooth ground surface

    • Suitable emergency exits

    • Suitable lighting

    • Suitable signage

    • Visual monitors