Dancehouse

OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE 29 & 30 JULY 2017

The Dancehouse two-storey brick hall was built in 1887, in just three weeks, under controversial circumstances for £2,000, during the election campaign for the new seat of Carlton. Since then, it has undertaken many changes in layout and function. It has gone from being operated by the Carlton Mechanics Institute as a subscription library to temporary housing post the Second World War, to accommodating the Carlton Community Centre's school holiday programs in the 1970s. For the past 25 years, it has been the epicentre of independent dance practice in Australia. Its reputation and influence have crossed state boundaries to shape the art form nationally and internationally.

During Open House Melbourne, visitors can enjoy a chat, and a dance. Free classes will be offered in diverse dance genres at 11:00, 12:15, 2:00 and 3:15. Walk-ins for classes welcome, but to ensure your place book here.

Capacity for each class is limited. Book now to secure your place or try your luck on the day!

 

 

A DANCEHOUSE TOUR - FANCY FOOTWORK

Led by artists Peter Trotman and Noelle Rees-Hatton

Carlton Hall began with a dance, albeit a nasty political dance with furtive and fancy footwork, that neatly played out the social and economic forces of the era. Now it is called Dancehouse and has turned full circle. Your hosts, Gustav and Eliza, will gently escort you on a whimsical tour that reflects and reveals the history − both real and alternate − of this distinctive building which for 140 years has held a place in the life and imagination of the Carlton community.

Dates: Saturday 10.30 – 11.00AM & 1.30 – 2.00PM; Sunday 10.30 – 11.00AM & 1.30 – 2.00PM
Meeting Place: Foyer
Costs: Free
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HOOP SPARX: HOOP DANCE with Donna Sparx

Wondering what this hula hoop thing is all about? Warm up your winter with some FUN exercise, good VIBES & great MUSIC in a SUPPORTIVE environment where you get FIT without even realising you're doing a WORK OUT. This workshop will get your body moving and grooving with a hula hoop. It's an opportunity to learn some moves from Donna Sparx, one of Australia's leading hoop dance teachers. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. All hoops provided. BYO playfulness, water bottle and wear comfy clothes.

Time: Saturday 11.00 – 12.00PM, Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Costs:  Free
More Info: HERE or find us on Facebook or @donnasparx on Instagram.
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UNDERGROUND DANCE FUSION with Sara Carinci & Laura Manicone

Underground Dance Fusion is an expressive dance form with a free, artistic and creative feel made by the fusion of contemporary and urban dance techniques. The two styles meet, melt and confront each other in an ongoing exchange of creative inputs, aiming to discover new languages of expression encouraging natural movement and personal interpretation. The classes are focused on combining dynamic movements through the space, level and energy, floor work technique and body isolation which all go straight to the next step of exploring and developing in terms of creating what we call a ''contamination'' of movements.

Time: Saturday 11.00 – 12.00PM, Upstairs Studio
Costs:  Free
Contact: Sara, 0404 649 353 & Laura, 0435 951 452
EmailUDanceFusion@gmail.com
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ZUMBA & AERODANCE MASALA

The Zumba class that started the dance-fitness revolution and changed the way we look at a "workout" forever. It's fun, effective and best of all? Made for everyone!

Masala range is designed for serious calorie burning and stamina building. The movements are generally simple in nature but incorporate large muscle groups in big, sweeping movements that require a lot of energy to perform. The result is a heart thumping, breath gasping workout that is quick to learn, fun to perform and impossible to grow out of.

Time: Saturday 12.15 – 1.15PM & Sunday 2.00 – 3.00PM, Upstairs Studio
Costs:  Free
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INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE: Bharatanatyam with 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.

Time: Saturday 12.15 – 1.15PM, Skylab
Costs:  Free
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INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE : Odissi for beginners with Monica Singh

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. 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 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.

Time: Saturday 2.00 – 3.00PM, Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Costs:  Free
Contact: Monica Singh, 0450 059 520
Email: monicasingh24@hotmail.com
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CONTEMPORARY DANCE with Prue Lang

Prue Lang's contemporary dance class is a series of simple improvisations that encourage the individual nature and ability of each participant. It begins on the floor with the octopus inspired series, continues up through the body progressively finding a sense of spaciousness and elasticity, then moves into the space with a final playful score.

Wear socks and comfortable clothing.

Time: Saturday 2.00 – 3.00PM, Upstairs Studio
Costs: Free
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AFRO LATIN GROOVE with Irina De Loche

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!

Time: Saturday 2.00 – 3.00PM, Skylab
Costs:  Free
Contact:  Irina De Loche
Email: solemates1@gmail.com
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SWING with SwingPatrol

The swing dance era, originally ranging from the 1920s through to the 1940s, gave rise to a lot of dances for such a short - though turbulent - period. Out of the hundreds of dances that developed during that time, Lindy hop, balboa, collegiate shag, west coast swing, east coast swing, St Louis shag, Charleston, solo jazz and blues are still danced today all around the world. This weekend you have the chance to try a couple of them out for yourself and find out just why they have stood the test of time and attract such large numbers of people, particularly in Melbourne which has the largest swing dance community in the Southern Hemisphere. On Saturday, Kara and Annabelle will get you in the collegiate shag arena, an energetic and fun dance that will have you dancing up a storm in no time. On Sunday, Kara and Noni will take you through the world of partnered swing dancing, featuring the iconic Charleston.

Time: Saturday 3.15 – 4.30PM, Upstairs Studio; Sunday Sunday 3.15 – 4.30PM, Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Costs: Free
Contact: Claudia Funder (0418 550 993), Kara Martin (0402 346 229)
Email: info@swingpatrol.com.au | kara@swingdancing.com.au 
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BALLET/BARRE with Shay Reeves

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.

Time: Saturday 3.15 – 4.30PM, Skylab
Costs: Free
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GOING SOLO (ALL TOGETHER NOW) with Becky Hilton

In this class,  participants will take half an hour to make a short solo dance and then use them to construct a group performance score in and around the Dancehouse environs. We'll use some scores and methods from dance history to generate a solo you can perform for anyone, anywhere, at anytime! Come as you are (street clothes) and leave with a solo choreography of your very own! All levels of experience are very welcome!

Time: Sunday 11.00 – 12.00PM, Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Costs:  Free
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FINE LINES – CONTEMPORARY DANCE FOR MATURE BODIES with Katrina Rank

Fine Lines is a group of committed, mature dance artists, who meet weekly at Dancehouse, Melbourne.

Established by Katrina Rank 5 years ago, Fine Lines is for mature dancers (ages range from late 30's to 70's) who wish to engage physically, critically and creatively in contemporary dance practice and performance making. This class will include standing and locomotor phrases and improvisation. It will incorporate techniques such as ballet, Graham and Cunningham, influenced by current contemporary dance practitioners. While phrases used in class are generally steady and low impact, there is a focus on dancers adapting the material and pushing it to suit/stretch their range of capabilities and needs. Movement combinations challenge physicality, musicality and artistry while creative tasks push our dancers to discover, invent or interpret ideas.

Times: Saturday 11.00 – 12.00PM, Skylab; Sunday 11.00 – 12.00PM, Upstairs Studio
Costs:  Free
Contact: Katrina Rank, 0416 383 865
Emailkatrinamrank@gmail.com
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YOGA with Lilian Steiner

After practicing for over 5 years, Lilian's love for Yoga has led her to become an impassioned teacher. Her classes are strongly informed by her dance practice, bringing in a particular FLUIDITY and CONSCIOUSNESS to movement within Vinyasa practice. From her avid interest in anatomy, Lilian teaches to practice knowledgeably focusing on alignment and safe practice. While working with this thoughtful approach, she also encourages her students to allow the joy of movement, accessing meditation within and through motion. Each of her classes balance physical power with restoration, and are led by the 8 limbs of Yoga for a philosophically informed and holistic approach to the practice of yoga.

Time: Sunday 11.00 – 12.00PM, Skylab
Costs: Free
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ACTION THEATER with Danielle Cresp

ActionTheater is an improvisational physical theatre training and performance method that has been created and developed by Ruth Zaporah. This ActionTheater class is directed towards performers, actors, dancers, improvisers and 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 and words.

To read more about ActionTheater check out www.actiontheater.com

Time: Sunday 12.15 – 1.15PM, Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Costs: Free
Contact: actiontheaterworkshopswithdani@gmail.com
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DEE STREET – RHYTHM. BEGINNERS with Sarah Dee
WOMEN ONLY

Dee Street is a series of 4 6-week dance courses: Rhythm, Flow, Sweat and Freedom created by dancer, performer, and passionate teacher, Sarah Dee. The Dee Street style blends Afro, hip-hop, dancehall and booty moves with a touch of Krump and bounce paying respect to the music and movements' cultural history. Dee Street classes are a space for women to unapologetically take up physical space, access their sexy, sassy side free of the male gaze, learn rhythm, moves and a routine. Dee Street classes are taught with energy, clarity, humour and generosity. We love that everybody moves differently and we play rad tunes that respect and celebrate women. Each week students get access to a practice video and class playlists.

Time: Sunday 12.15 – 1.15PM, Upstairs Studio
Costs: Free
Contact: Sarah Dee, 0415 385 093
Email: sarah@deestreet.com.au
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BALLET/BARRE with Jo White

This workshop will offer participants a chance to experience a ballet barre in the newly opened Skylab. Everybody is welcome. The workshop will take you through a foundational ballet barre, deconstructing ballet movements into technical basics that can be easily understood by all. There will be a strong focus on alignment principles and anatomically sound movement whilst exploring the moving body in space.

Time: Sunday 12.15 – 1.15PM, Skylab
Costs:  Free, bookings are essential
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INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE: BHARATHANATYAM with Chandana Brijesh

Bharathanatya is an Indian dance form that is resplendent with elegant movement, soulful music and beautiful costumes and jewels.  The well composed rhythmic patterns set to melodious tunes prove to be a feast to the senses. Bharathanatya dates back to the beginning of the Common Era and was originally performed at the temples of South India. "Natya" means dance in Sanskrit (one of the oldest and most profound languages of India) and "Bha-ra-tha" is a mnemonic for Bhaava – Emotions; Raaga – Melody; and Taala – Rhythm. Thus, Bharathanatya is a dance form that finely blends expressions and movements to music. Regular practice of this dance form has been proven to be cathartic and therapeutic. It enhances positivity and helps channelize energy by using various Mudras (hand gestures).

Time: Sunday 2.00 – 3.00PM, Sylvia Staehli Theatre
Costs: Free
Contact: Chandana Brijesh, 0426 616 455
Emailchandanabrijesh@gmail.com
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FEELING YUMMY with James Welsby

"Feeling Yummy" is a voguing and pop-culture dance class run by James Welsby, director of cult cabaret YUMMY. James has worked for a decade as a professional contemporary dancer, choreographer, and drag queen. He has toured all over performing in BRIEFS and Glory Box, and taught dance at Chunky Move for five years. James's style of dance is informed by his experiences in contemporary, voguing, and drag, but seeks to be unique unto itself.

It's camp and street. It's seriously fun!

Time: Sunday 3.15 – 4.15PM, Upstairs Studio
Costs:  Free
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SCRIBE LIVE WRITING with Leisa Shelton

Scribe is a live writing process toward the democratic document, designed and led by Australian artist Leisa Shelton/FRAGMENT31 and a collective of artists assembled in each city and site it is invited to ATTEND.

SCRIBE was in Dancehouse as part of the city wide DANCE MASSIVE in March 2017. We held conversations with artists, local people, volunteers, venue staff – anyone who presented themselves and wanted to participate. Scribe is first and foremost a process for and on performance. It seeks to enable the conversations we don't take the time or feel we have the time to have on the experience of performance seen, passed by, entered.

Times: Sunday 12.15 – 4.30PM, Foyer
Costs: Free

 

SCRIBE - THE OPEN ARCHIVE with Leisa Shelton

Across the weekend the public will be invited to visit a full installation of the Live Writing project SCRIBE, which was installed at Dancehouse during Dance Massive and gathered the democratic document of the performances through documented conversations with audiences across the 2 weeks.

Extracts from the documents will be worked with as part of a durational work on Sunday in the Dancehouse foyer from 12.15pm in which artist Leisa Shelton will write across the afternoon extracts from public observations and experiences on a 20 metre Japanese scroll, unwinding through the building, down the stairs and along the street, creating the trace of performances experienced and resonating through these documents.

Times: Sunday 1.30 – 4.30PM, Skylab
Costs:  Free