Dancehouse regularly plays host to workshops run by local and international practitioners. Bookings should be made through the contact details on each listing.


Zumba® Workshops and Bounce DanceFit

Zumba® takes the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.

Bounce DanceFit is a high-energy, constantly varied, addictive dance workout that perfectly fuses the fresh edginess associated with professional dancers with the fast-paced, mixed tempo moves you'd expect from an aerobics class, set to a mix-tape of street dance styles: Commercial, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue and House.  Bounce DanceFit will teach you moves that will out-twerk Miley, out-Vogue Madonna and out-fierce Beyonce. 

Akira Honda is an international group fitness instructor and event planner, who became the first Australian-based certified KpopX Fitness instructor and who brought the KpopX Fitness program into Australia in 2015. Akira currently teaches Zumba® classes in Melbourne, and he also organised 'Zumbathon,' a charity event for Starlight Children. Akira has also brought the Aerodance Masala program into Australia. His teaching emphasizes impression and excitement for people, while providing a thorough workout.

Dates: Throughout the year, contact Akira for more details
Time: Varies
Cost: Price on application
Contact: Akira Honda, 0431 533 070
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Intro to African Contemporary Dance Workshop

Intro to African Contemporary Dance Workshop, lead by Ghanaian choreographer/dancer, Seidu Mohammed, is based on African Contemporary Dance. This introductory session is aimed to get participants connected to what African Contemporary Dance is, exploring techniques and the basics of this genre. The sessions begin by covering the basics and techniques of the genre, then three sessions of choreographing a routine towards an end danec piece incorporating collaborations from participants. 

Seidu is an accomplished professional Ghanain Choreographer and African Contemporary/Traditional dancer, with over 27 years of performance and teaching experience in professional African and international stage productions throughout West and North Africa, Germany, Morocco, and Israel. Seidu was awarded 'Best Choreographer' at the Ghana-Japan Yosakoi Festival in 1999 and was 'Runner Up' for Best Choreography in 2000. Seidu was trained and appointed as principal lead dancer and 'Assistant Choreographer' for Ghana's Dance Factory company of the National Theatre of Ghana for 9 years (1998 - 2007). In Israel Seidu also worked as a body movement therapist and developed a body awareness program called Sense Frequency and Dance (SFD), successfully running a number of popular adult and childrens workshops combining dance movement therapy with traditional African dance.

Dates: 30 Jan – 27 Feb, 2017
Time: 6.30-7.30PM
Costs:  $20 per class, $80 for entire workshop (upfront)
Contact: Seidu Mohammed, 0431 527 899


Fight the Good Fight
17 - 22 April 2017

A week of throwing yourself into dramatic action for theatre, motion capture and film!

Professional Fight Director Lyndall Grant invites you to an industry-focused week in performing dramatic violence for stage and screen.  We will be covering a range of styles and genres throughout, with a plethora of weapons and unarmed systems from historical periods to contemporary pieces.   

The bedrock of this craft is learning how to perform any dramatic action safely, which will be covered throughout the training.  On top of this then, the illusion of violence comes from both technique and performance – ie. this is not just violence in a vacuum, but action in the context of character choice, emotional intent and reactive consequence.  And so while exploring technique we will also be exploring the dramatic story-telling of the action.  The result?  Creating one of the most electrifying aspects of performing arts for both the audience and the performer.

So we romp through movement, acting, physical story-telling, voice, characterisation, transformation, tumbles, effects, film, motion capture…

By the end of the course you will have increased your skill base (and casting options), your conditioning and artistic range, and will have furthered your understanding of how to work and perform in this industry.  Above all however, you will have spent a fantastic week working your craft, with training that can be applied across the field of performing arts.

Lyndall is a Fight Director and Teacher of Dramatic Combat with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and member of the Society of Australian Fight Directors.  She is the director of CAPTIVATE Action, the first UK and Australian company to provide performers and training specifically for motion capture/performance capture, as well as for Dramatic Action and Movement in theatre and film.  Lyndall studied acting at London's ArtsEd School of Acting.   She currently is the Tutor in Stage Combat at The Victorian College of the Arts; and also teaches Dramatic Combat at The National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne and The Actors Centre in London, and Motion Capture at the Birmingham School of Acting and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  Lyndall has also taught in Austria at the Schauspielhaus Salzburg and Vienna International School. 

Fight directing credits include Lillith: The Jungle Girl (Melbourne Theatre Company), Straight White Men (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston), Real Joy (Pulse Films), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston), Henry IV Part I (St. James Theatre, Rose Playhouse), Kissing Sid James (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), In the Thrice Ninth Kingdom (Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre) Macbeth (The Melbourne Company of Players), Stina and the Wolf (Foam Digital), Wind in the Willows (Taunton Brewhouse).  She also works as an actor and fight performer for stage and film.

Dates: 17 - 22 April 2017
Time: 10.00AM - 6.00PM
Cost: Price on application
Contact: Lyndall Grant, 0431 124 046


Moon Circles 

Moon Circles Melbourne are a monthly circle for women facilitated by Anna Foletta and Charlotte Young, incorporating ceremony, movement and art-making.

Anna is an experienced primary school teacher, facilitator and a Dance Movement Therapist. She currently works as a dance movement therapist in several populations; including children with additional needs, people living with dementia and has also worked with women rehabilitating from drug and alcohol dependency. She has considerable experience facilitating rituals and circles with children, teenagers and adults, with a particular interest in rites of passage. Anna is also a passionate dancer and strongly believes in the transformative medicine of movement. Her desire is to create opportunities for connection, within ourselves, to each other, within community and to the earth.

Charlotte Young is the founder of Feminine Life Cycles and engaged as an educator and writer, promoting body awareness and self-acceptance among girls and women. Movement and mindfulness play a key role in her work, which is the result of being involved in the conscious dance movement for over 14 years, and also, working as a birth attendant, a puberty educator and a teacher. Charlotte is currently a teacher in training of Open Floor International, a dance based inquiry practice. 

Dates: Mondays: 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 26 June, 17 July, 14 August, 9 October, 6 November, 4 December
Time:  7.30-9.30PM
Cost: $30 door, $25 Prepaid/Concession
Contact: Charlotte Young, 0417 509 756