Dancehouse Education Fund


Dancehouse is a community-based organisation that focuses on being a site for developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaging the community in moving art. The Dancehouse role is threefold: to advance community and public particpation in excercise and the develope dance artists, to build public audiences, and to develop the art form itself.

This project is to contribute to the Dancehouse Education Fund, based in Carlton, Melbourne. The Education fund will give independent dance makers free access to community movement and mobility lessons in addition to professional development programs, both at Dancehouse and overseas for people wanting to pursue Dance professionally. These programs offer a multiplicity of opportunities including masterclasses, mentoring and training workshops, secondments, travel grants for attending international workshops and mentoring residencies.

Social Impact

The Education fund will allow Dancehouse to offer free access to these opportunities over a

period of 3 years. It will also allow Dancehouse to support selected artists to take up targeted

training and development opportunities overseas offered by Dancehouse’s international

networks of partners.

It's estimated a total of at least 100 artists benefiting from this fund over this period. Further,

with the initial infrastructure developed during this fundraising campaign, we hope to maintain

this fund through Community, Private Sector and Business support for many years to come.

For each dollar donated via crowd-funding, our board and partners will raise it to 4 which will

then be matched by the Plus 1 initiative to 8.

Track Record

A solid, resilient and unique organisation, with a long-standing reputation for excellence and rigour in delivering its diversity of programs and services, Dancehouse exists to advance independent contemporary dance in Australia.

Established by a working group of independent dance practitioners, Dancehouse is the only presenter in Australia dedicated solely to contemporary dance. From its base in Melbourne, its reputation and influence has crossed state boundaries to shape the art form nationally and internationally.

Hurdles to overcome

Dancehouse is a small organisation that is based in Carlton, Victoria that relies on community and Government support to grow its Dancer and Performer base. Through dedicated staff and audiences, the role of Dance can continue to increase public engagement in the art form.

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