2012 Weekly Class Schedule

These classes are a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle, stay fit, meet people and learn new techniques. Have a look at what's on offer and then feel free to contact the teachers directly or contact Dancehouse on 9347 2860 or


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Tuesday 6.30 - 7.30pm
Saturday 11.30 - 12.30pm
Feldenkrais - Awareness Through Movement Classes

"The aim is a body that is organised to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength but increased consciousness of how it works."

The Feldenkrais Method uses the intelligence of the human nervous system and the body's ability to learn to increase movement options, reduce pain and develop sensory awareness by recognizing individual habits of movement and being in the world.

It is taught by Awareness Through Movement (ATM) twice a week. We have regular 10-15 participants plus occasional drop in's who stay for a few weeks of a term or two. Participants include musicians, office workers, writers, actors, teachers, academics, seniors and people recovering from injury. A movement theme is explored every term.

Gemarja Lomas is a Dutch-trained physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner. She has been teaching Feldenkrais classes since 1990. Robin is a physical theatre performer and director. She graduated two Feldenkrais training programs in 2000 and has been teaching with Gemarja Lomas ever since.

Dates: 31 January - 15 December, within Victorian School Terms ONLY
Time: Tues 6.30 - 7.30pm; Sat 11.30 - 12.30pm
Cost: $15
Contact: Gemarja Lomas, 9388 0348

Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30pm
Alchemy Improvisation

This 8-week intensive explores IMPROVISATION as a means to discover deep levels of embodiment, connection and presence.

With a focus on movement, we develop trust in our inner world - embracing the unique qualities that make us who we are, and allowing them to activate and inspire the dance. Together, we embark on a deep excavation of the connections between inner self and outer expression - through dance, writing, drawing and sharing. In a dynamic process of affirmation and transformation, we explore and integrate our sensations, feelings, memories and imaginings through the body and breath. Alchemy engages the heart and enriches the spirit in a joyful celebration of the moving moment. Weekly improvised performance culminates in a final showing for invited guests. Beginners and Experienced Alchemists warmly welcomed.

Anne O'Keeffe is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, trained at Rusden (Dance/Drama) and Victorian College of the Arts (Choreography). She has taught movement-based improvisation since 1984, inspired by Skinner Releasing Technique, Al Wunder, Stephanie Skura, Eva Karczag and Min Tanaka. Anne has performed as an improviser in Australia and overseas and her company, SIRENSONG, has produced Walk on Water (1999/00), her solo work Sex and Death (2002/03) and Song of Longing (2008). Anne teaches Improvisation to dancers at VCA and Movement to actors at the National Theatre. In 2009, she achieved her Master of Choreography, exploring The Art of Presence. She has been teaching and developing the Alchemy classes since 2001. Anne's teaching emphasizes integration and liberation of the self through conscious embodiment, and she provides a warm, generous space where movement can be explored deeply and joyfully.

Series One:
Dates: Series Four: Tuesdays October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27 Wednesday November 28, Tuesdays December 4, 11 plus Saturday December 15, 2012 (9 classes)
Series Three Showing: Saturday 22 September, 7.30pm
Time: 6.30 - 9.30pm
Cost: $320 (Full) $290 (Conc.) Full Term Bookings only; casual classes not available.
Contact: Anne O'Keeffe: 0411 218 101

Tuesday 7.00 - 8.30pm
Bollywood for Beginners

Dance to the fast and exciting beats of Bollywood. Give the body the leap it deserves. Classes include a variety of styles: classical Indian, western, funk, hip swing and hip hop; contemporary dancing with Bollywood style. Routines are designed to cater for all age groups and are taught in a fun and easy to follow manner. We bring joy, unity, culture, happiness and coordination all under the Bollywood Dance banner. Our motto is to have fun while learning, get the moves right and keep on smiling. Perform as part of a Bollywood troupe for official programs, festivals and events?

Mai Nachungi Dance Company Inc is a non profit Bollywood Dance company based in southeast Melbourne. Choreographer's, Pushpa has 8 to 15 years of dance and choreography experience. Pushpa, is a talented teacher who has choreographed dance and drama shows for a variety of ages and audiences as well as being an ISKCON Temple cultural coordinator. Wear 3/4 length black pants and loose comfortable t-shirts.

Dates: 19 January - 15 December (Saturday classes commencing 18 Feb)
Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm
Cost: $150 - per term for 10 classes or Casual $18/15 Dancehouse Members/Conc.
Contact: Pushpa 0432 058 729 or 0432 235 205

Wednesday 5.00 - 7.00pm

Friday 5.00 - 7.00pm
Odissi, Indian Classical

Odissi, also spelled Orissi, is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It originates from the state of Orissa, in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the Tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis[3][4] and upon the basic square stance known as Chauka or Chouka that symbolizes Lord Jagannath. This dance 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. The class starts warm up routine with yogic exercise and warm up stretches for 30 minutes.

Class for beginner's level will introduce the basic positions. For more advanced classes, introduction to Arasas rhythmic structures set to different beats with compositions to prepare for the larger pieces in the first full-fledged dance piece.

Monica Singh is a Visharad in Odissi dance from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi and is a senior disciple of Smt. Madhavi Mudgal. Monica training extensively with Smt Madhavi Mudgal for 15 years and gained immense experience and in depth knowledge about Odissi not just through its traditional form but also by being a part of choreographic works based on exploring. Monica has traveled to and performed in France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, etc.

In 2010, the Australian Government under the distinguished talent visa category granted Monica Singh a permanent residency. She has now moved to Australia but continues to perform and teach in India as well. The Sohamasmi Centre for Indian Performing Arts now has a branch In Melbourne and Gisborne. She divides her time between her students in India and Australia.

Date: 3 February - 14 December
Time: 5.00 -7.00pm
Cost: $160 for two classes pw for one month $150 Dancehouse members
Contact: Monica Singh 0450 059 520

Wednesday 6.30 - 8.00pm
Congolese Rumba / Soukouss Dance

This dance class is for anyone with a love of dance or, African rhythm and dance in particular. The term 'soukous' literally means to shake or dance energetically. Soukous dancing and music is explosive, fun, lively and playful, connecting the body and the spirit. It has evolved from the classic folkloric Rumba style of Congolese music. Passi Jo will incorporate the traditional Rumba with the more modern Soukous style, adding a hint of Latin American Salsa. Classes will cater for all age groups, and be taught in a structured class situation that is fun and easy to follow. The complex polyrhythms of the rumba/soukous style of dance will be broken down into a number of segments, each incorporating a specific part of the body. It is preferred that participants dance with bare feet, and wear comfortable clothing easy to move in.

Passi Jo was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and is a direct descendent of the Balari Troubadours who travelled from village to village singing about love, hate, death, friendship and all aspects of everyday life in Africa. Passi Jo has continued to embrace this musical legacy in his own independent musical career in Africa, Europe and now in Australia. In 1982, he moved to Paris and began a chain of successful international tours that introduced and endeared him to fans throughout Europe, North and South America, and Oceania, as well as continuing his popularity in his African homeland. In 1990, he toured Australia with African soukous singer Tchico Tchicaya, and relocated permanently to Australia in 1993. His musical career has spanned three decades and he has released more than 15 albums during this time. In 1998, he formed Warako Musica and has played at most music festivals around Australia. In 2000, Warako Musica was awarded Best Live World Music Act at the Australian Music Industry Awards.

Date: 8 February - 21 November. Classes cancelled for 11 April & 23 May.
Time: 6.30 - 8.00 pm
Cost: 6 week season - $135 Full; $110 Concession/Dancehouse Members.
Casual - $25 Full; $20 Concession / Dancehouse Members.
Signing up for a season of classes is preferred, but single casual classes will be accepted and accommodated.
Bring along a friend and receive your first class for half price!

Contact: 0409 145 600

Wednesday 7.30 - 9.00pm
Dance from the Inside Out

"Discover the source of movement in the body, both muscular and emotional, learning to dance from the heart and core of your body."

Irina's class is based on the work of Martha Graham. The first half of the class will be floor work (known as the floor bar), placing emphasis on breathing, spinal and core work. The second half will be focus on small sequences based on various other contemporary techniques. Irina draws on her knowledge of the Alexander technique, yoga and pilates and her experience as a movement therapist. This class is for intermediate-advanced dancers who are looking for a low-impact class.

Irina De Loch is a dancer and choreographer who has been teaching in the dance community for 19 years and has a background in a range of dance styles, including Indian, Russian folkloric dance, contemporary, modern, African dance, and jazz ballet. Irina has her own dance group (Solemates) and has choreographed over 60 dance pieces, two of which have been taught at the Australian Ballet School.

Date: 8 February - 12 December NO CLASS WEDNESDFAY 11 APRIL
Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm
Cost: $12.00 Full, $10.00 Concession. Save more if you book a block of four!
Contact: Irina, 9478 2791

Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am
Kiddy Rock

Kiddyrock's focus is on fostering a love of the Arts through music, singing, dancing, creative play and self-expression from an early age. Kiddyrock Workshops are fun and fast paced, stimulating young minds and helping to develop new skills. We incorporate stories, songs and games to promote listening aptitude and fun collaboration.
Kiddyrock was started in late 2007, and has been out on the road in various day care centres, kindergartens and primary schools around Melbourne ever since.

What is Kiddyrock?
Kiddyrock is a music program aimed at children aged from 6 months to 6 years. Parents are encouraged to participate and observe in all classes.

What does Kiddyrock do?
Each week, the workshop aims to introduce a new instrument or a new musical idea - rhythm, pitch, tone and melody - to the group with the ultimate aim of promoting an early interest and understanding of music.

What does Kiddyrock believe in?
We believe that music is a great vehicle to empower young minds. We hope to give children the opportunity to understand other cultures, gain confidence, create friendships, embrace broader points of view, and to play and work collaboratively. We also recognise that the Australian music community should be nourished with new talent and you never know, your child could be that new musical talent! In addition, while the kids are learning these amazing new skills and values, why not inject a whole bunch of fun with it?

Date: 19 January - 13 December
Time: 10.00 - 11.00am
Cost: Term Fee: $100 per term or $15 per session & concessions available to families with multiple children.
Contact: Ally 0410 801 160

Thursday, 4.00 - 5.30pm
The Laugh Tank
Flag Youth Theatre

Think you're funny? Can't stop making up weird and wacky characters? In this workshop you'll create original and hilarious scenarios through exploring comedy in a variety of forms. Thursday's comedians will develop core skills in improvisation, physical theatre and slapstick, script writing and presenting. We'll develop our own comedy variety show to present at the end of Term 1. Best suited for children aged 9 - 12 years old.

Flag Youth Theatre works with young people aged 5-16 years to explore and develop a range of performing skills, from improvisation to characterisation, comedy and physical theatre, devising, scriptwriting and more.

Our focus is on the imaginative process, providing theatre making tools and developing the skills that will nurture individual driven work. With creativity at the forefront of what we do, we believe that the most original and exciting theatre comes from the students themselves. All workshops are run by experienced tutors, who are also industry professionals. Flag will be running term time and holiday workshops throughout 2012.

Dates: Term 1: 2 February - 29 March
Term 2: 19 April - 28 June (no class 21 June)
Term 3: 19 July - 20 September
Term 4: 11 October - 13 December
Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm
Cost: Per term $230. $200 sibling discount & concession
Contact: 0420 239 199

Thursday 7.30 - 9.30pm
Action Theater
Dani Cresp

As tenacious provocations, the exercises in Action Theater inspire practise and facilitate the process to a more mindful, present performer. In this 5 week series of classes I'm aiming for participants to acquire greater degrees of presence, allowing them to notice what their body is already doing, which then in turn will lead to a greater degree of specificity in their movement, voice and verbal phrasing. I am interested in centralizing "presence". To be completely present is to engage in the fullness and profundity of life and performance.

By shedding light on the usual, the practice of Action Theater disturbs the status quo, reinventing the improviser, moment-to-moment-to-moment. Habitual patterns from years of repeating our ways of being - interpreting, perceiving, inhabiting our bodies, responding to the changing world - become loosened, released, relaxed and replaced by conscious embodied  experience. This workshop series is primarily directed at people who currently have a regular performance practise or an acting background but is also open to anyone wishing to fully embrace physical storytelling.

Dani Cresp is a Melbourne based improvisation artist and ActionTheater teacher. She has been performing as an independent, improvisation artist for the past 11 years. Her passion for improvisation performance and practise has taken her to trainings and performance events in Europe, America and across Australia. Dani has taught dance and improv to all ages, both rurally and in the city, for many years. Her focus as a teaching artist is now improvisation, specifically Action Theater. Dani spent much of the last two years travelling extensively throughout Europe and America furthering her speciality in clown and improvisation. Since 2009 she has facilitated weekly Action Theater peer practice sessions, and in 2011 she completed her Action Theater teacher training with Ruth Zaporah in New Mexico, USA. She has also produced workshops and events for visiting artists including Andrew Morrish, Ira Sedenstein, Kate Kantor and Brenda Waite.

Dates: 20 September - 18 October
Time: 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Costs: 5 week series: $75 (full) $50 (conc/DH member). Casual Classes: $17 (full) $12 (conc/DH member)
Contact: Dani, 0408 590 759

Saturday 9.30 - 12.30pm
Breath and Movement, half-day workshops (once a month)

'I let the breath come, I let the breath go and wait for it to return on its own, naturally.' Ilse Middendorf

Breathexperience, Middendorf Breathwork, is one of today's leading breath practices that develop the theme of allowing breath to come and go on its own. With presence, we participate in exploring and discovering the principals of the natural breath by sensing the movement of breath within the our body. Breath, sensation and presence.

In the class, participants will be introduced to movement forms that support the breath that comes and goes on its own. We'll focus on these exercises to open spaces in the body and the direction for the breath to flow on its own-without control or manipulation. The forms support and challenge as one moves from old restrictive patterns towards eventual freedom of expression which comes from the allowed breath movement.

Fiona Wiseman is an accredited Middendorf Breathexperience practitioner. Her four years of professional training were undertaken first at the Middendorf Institute for the Experience of Breath in Berlin, Germany with the final two and a half years being completed at the Middendorf Institute for Breathexperience in Berkeley, California U.S.A. since completing her training in February 2010, Fiona has ran weekly classes, has offered workshops and does private one-on-one sessions. (CUT in the Practice.)

Date: 24 March, 28 April, 19 May, 23 June, 28 July, 25
Aug, 29 Sept, 27 Oct and 24 Nov.
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: $45.00 full / $35.00 concession
Contact: Fiona Wiseman, 0447 267 803

Saturday 12.30 - 1.30pm
Bounce & Boogie

'Bounce & Boogie' is a fun, high energy but low-impact class based loosely on Afro-Cuban. It is suitable for older people with existing injuries, but all ages welcome, especially beginners.

Each class will begin with a pilates and yoga workout, emphasizing postural re-alignment, breathing and core awareness. This will encourage participants to think about how they perform everyday movements. It heightens body awareness, which in turn improves overall agility, flexibility and strength. Irena will then take participants through simple sequences of Afro-Cuban movement, emphasizing isolation of body parts, particularly the shoulders and hips.

This class is all about fun and community building. It's about liberating your body and mind from habitual tensions, and helping you to explore the freedom and the joy that comes from movement. Participants of this class can also expect a little Bollywood, Salsa and Traditional jazz.

Irina De Loch is a dancer and choreographer who has been teaching in the dance community for 19 years and has a background in a range of dance styles, including Indian, Russian folkloric dance, contemporary, modern, African dance, and jazz ballet. Irina has her own dance group Solemates and has choreographed over 60 dance pieces, two of which have been taught at the Australian Ballet School.

Date: 8 February - 12 December NO CLASSES 7TH & 14TH APRIL
Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm
Cost: $11.00 Full, $9.00 Concession. Save more if you book a block of four!
Contact: Irina, 9478 2791

Saturday 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Modern-Contemporary & Afro-Latin Dance

Enjoy a powerful & energetic style; share with us an exotic and unforgettable experience. Feel corporal rhythms from Latin America, moving your joints and all your muscles, be prepared to feel your body awaken. Learn new modern and contemporary movements involving these styles of dance, which are the pure taste of our land.

In each class we are going to learn the perception of articular system and classifications of joint, also some terms of movements. How we can be aware about the regions of the body and the state or quality of the movement, the use of different energies and perception of space together. The basic characteristic of the execution we have to drawing the biggest and intrepid movements whit the body, at the same time using the corporal rhythm and unusual verbs on the image. It is an interesting mixture, the body between corporal technique and ethnicity movement.

A special ambient music that comes from Colombian roots, specifically ours drums llamadores, alegres, tamboras; Listen and enjoy the musical treasures from the marimbula and marimba instruments of our Colombian heritage.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Kathleen Gonzalez was introduced to dance by performances of the Flor Pachon Ballet Company and the Ballet Tierra Colombiana, she was an avid dance student from a young age, her formal dance training began with an introduction to performing arts with an emphasis on contemporary dance at College preparatory program by ASAB Academy arts. She now finds herself in Melbourne to evolve as a dance performer, choreographer and director discovering more of that, which inspires her work.

Dates: 4 February - 15 December
Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm
Costs: $15.00 per class
Contact: Kathleen, 0431 261 552

Saturday 2.00 - 3.00pm
Bharatanatyam - South Indian Classical Dance

Bharatanatyam is an ancient Indian classical dance style, originally performed in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. Movement, mime and music contribute in equal measure to this beautiful dance and are evenly divided between nritta- pure dance, and nritya- expressional compositions.

Students of all ages will be trained in the basics of Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance). Along with some theory to gain a better understanding of the dance form, they will progress to perform the dance items gradually. Advanced lessons will be conducted for the students with some previous knowledge.

No prior experience in any form of dance is required and there are no age barriers. Comfortable clothing is recommended.
Guru: Meghala, who is a disciple of Dr.Vasundhara Doraswamy [Director of Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre, Mysore] in Bharatanatyam, has been training for a period of 15 years and has worked as a senior lecturer in the institute for 10 years - She is currently the advisor for FIMDV [Federation of Indian Music and Dance Victoria] Meghala has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards during her dance career - she has the proficiency and proven credentials for the profession.

Dates: 4 February - 15 December NO CLASS EASTER SATURDAY 7 April and 14 April
Time: 2.00 - 3.00pm
Costs: $13.50/ hr
Contact: Meghala Bhat, 0439 523 950

Sunday 11.00am - 12.00pm
Kathak, North Indian Classical Dance

North Indian classical dance Kathak, is a form of dance using body dissociation and footwork with a permanent combination of on- and off-beat. These beats are generated in a rhythm by playing the percussion called "tabla". The generated rhythm can be described as incisive, exciting and provocative. Kathak gives emphasis on grace, expressions and vigorous footwork. Classes will be taken in a fun and relaxed environment. This makes your body look younger, loose weight and brings a lot of excitement in life!

Tapasi has an ardent passion of Indian classical dance from her early childhood and started learning 'Kathak' at an age of four. She got her early training at the Nupur Dance Academy in Kolkata, India. A part from participating in programs through The Nupur Dance Academy, Tapasi has danced at prestigious programs conducted by other organisations and institutions in Kolkata, India and Melbourne, Australia. She has completed her degree in Indian classical dance from Kokata, India in Lucknow gharana and Jaipur gharana (style) and did numerous workshops and choreography back in India.

Dates: 22 January - 16 December
Time: 11.00 - 12.00pm
Costs: $120 per term or for casual $ 14 /$12 for Dancehouse members.
Contact: Mrs Tapashi Mukherjee, 0430 620 928


If you're looking for a venue to teach your technique class or workshop and pass on your knowledge, skills and ideas, Dancehouse has high quality, affordable dance spaces.

Weekly Dance Classes
Weekly Dance Classes are ongoing technique classes taught by artists and teachers who hire our space to host their classes. In 2011, classes have included Dance Conditioning, Contemporary Dance for Beginners, Alchemy - from impulse to expression, Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary Technique classes, Yoga, Bollywood Dancing and Open Contemporary Dance.
Classes kick off in mid-January.

If ongoing classes aren't your thing, you may wish to apply to teach a workshop at Dancehouse. These often take place over a weekend or short period during the week.

Teachers of Classes & Workshops pay an affordable studio hire fee and handle all bookings and income generated from their classes. Dancehouse supports their classes through promotion, audiovisual facilities and maintaining affordable, accessible and quality dance studios.

You are eligible for consideration to teach classes or workshops if you are:
A Dancehouse Member (or become one).
An Australian resident for tax purposes.
A dance teacher with a minimum of three years professional teaching experience.

How to Apply
NOTE: You do not need to apply to attend Dancehouse Classes or Workshops. This application process is only for teachers seeking to teach their classes here at Dancehouse.


If you are interested in teaching your technique class as one of our Weekly Dance Classes, you can also contact Bridget on 03 9347 2860 or email for questions and assistance.

Closing Dates
There are no closing dates. Applications are considered on an ongoing basis, but space is limited.

If you are interested in teaching weekly classes or short term workshops, at Dancehouse, please download an application form. Applications can be received at any time.