The world-class revitalisation of our historic home at Wharf 4/5 is complete and we’ve moved back in!
Sydney Dance Company has created the home of contemporary dance in Australia. Part of the landmark redevelopment of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct by the NSW Government, our Wharf Studios have been refreshed and rejuvenated.
Sydney Dance Company moved into the Wharf Studios in 1986. A unique space, hewn from Sydney’s industrial heritage, our studios have been home to generations of renowned dancers and the foundation of performances that have brought world-wide acclaim for Australian culture. Over the years, we have taught hundreds of thousands of people to dance in our studios. The quirky, historic Wharf has become synonymous with Sydney Dance Company.
As part of the NSW Government’s landmark Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, the transformation of our home began in 2018. This significant reconfiguration and refurbishment is our first major upgrade, and has created an environment which meets the needs of both our exceptional dancers and enthusiastic, committed dance class patrons.
Our facilities on Wharf 4/5 have undergone significant renovations. When you visit our refurbished Studios, your experience will be greatly enhanced. Our four existing dance studios have been upgraded, a new studio has been built and the public facilities and administration suite have been improved.
As part of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct project, the NSW Government has made a major financial commitment to support the renovations. Sydney Dance Company has raised $8M to match this funding and to ensure that the new facilities are exceptional.
You can make a tax deductible contribution to support the Wharf redevelopment by calling Michelle Boyle, Head of Philanthropy on 02 9258 4829.
Yes! Our dance classes will be back in full swing at The Wharf on Monday 4 January. With a new expanded summer timetable, new changing facilities and incredible refurbished studios, your dance experience will be better than ever.
Our Ultimo Studios close on Sunday 20 December. If you are a Member, or hold a Flexipack, you don't need to do anything! All Memberships and Flexipacks will be transferred. We will take care of the admin! You will need to book your place in class online, just as you have been doing in Ultimo.
Yes! We know how much you love them, and so do we! Our teachers are very important to Sydney Dance Company and will make the move with us back to The Wharf.
Yes! Our summer School Holiday Program begins on Monday 4 January at The Wharf. You can book here.
You can apply for our Youth Ensemble, an extension program for dancers aged 12-15 and 15-18, delivered in Terms, 1,2 & 3 in 2021.
The Company dancers will be moving back to the Wharf Studios in January and will rehearse there whenever they are not on national or international tour.
Our season performances will continue as normal at the Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay on Hickson Road, and our New Breed season will be presented in December at Carriageworks.
You can book tickets for our 2021 performances here.
We will be announcing new small-scale performances in Studio 5: Neilson Studio over the next few months. Watch this space for more details.
What has changed?
We have a new studio, Studio 5: Neilson Studio! This unique, purpose-built studio overlooks Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s a multi-purpose space and will be used for rehearsal and performance, education programs and public dance classes.
Our four existing studios have been upgraded: state-of-the-art digital technologies, new sound systems, flooring, insulation and acoustic treatments will make dancing in the Wharf Studios an incredible experience for the Company dancers, PPY dancers and all of our class attendees.
Our Studios have been renamed, thanks to the generous support of the families whose generosity has helped us achieve our vision.
Studio 1: Clifford Studio
Studio 2: Joan Barrie Studio – a gift of Catriona and Simon Mordant
Studio 3: Carla Zampatti Studio
Studio 4: Wales Studio
Studio 5: Neilson Studio
A reconfigured café, foyer space and public facilities will improve your experience when you come to visit.
Enhanced gym, pilates and physiotherapy facilities will support the wellbeing of our dancers.
Our administration offices have been refurbished and extended.
Our Production facilities have been improved, supporting the presentation of our work.
Funding of the project
If you would like more information or would like to support our Take A Seat campaign, please contact:
Head of Philanthropy
+61 2 9258 4829
The NSW Government has made a major commitment to help us deliver the rejuvenation of our home.
We have committed to raise funds to match this support and to ensure our facilities are world-class and provide the optimum experience for our customers and dancers.
We are indebted to those leadership donors who have pledged their support to our Take A Step fundraising campaign.
The Neilson Foundation
The Wales Family Foundation
Jane and Andrew Clifford
Catriona Mordant AM and Simon Mordant AO
The late Carla Zampatti AC
Brett Clegg and Annabel Hepworth
Julian Knights AO and Lizanne Knights
Pam and Doug Bartlett
Kiera Grant and Mark Tallis
The Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation
Emma-Jane Newton and Chris Paxton
Thyne Reid Foundation
Judi Wolf and Alden Toevs
Paul Brady and Christine Yip
Jane and Richard Freudenstein
Cullman Family Fund
Ezekiel Solomon AM
Rafael Bonachela and Joe Lawler
Jillian Broadbent AC and Olev Rahn
Peter and Liz Brownie
The late Janice Burke and Tony Burke
Zoë Cobden-Jewitt and Peter Jewitt
Jade and Richard Coppleson
Anne Dunn and Patricia Buick
Donna and Carl Jackson
Tina and Mark Johnson
Longreach Ownership Trust
Macquarie Group Foundation
Peter Reeve and Jaycen Fletcher
The late Chrissy Sharp and Michael Lynch