Chisenhale Dance Space is an artist-led organisation and our programme is made by, with, and in response to our Artist Community. We are located in a former warehouse space on Chisenhale Road. For more than 40 years, we have served as a home for experimentation in dance and performance in Bow.

We promote dance and movement through performances, rehearsal space, workshops and classes, for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

We have a variety of spaces available for hire including our Performance Studio and Research Studio. For more information, please visit our spaces page.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday – 10am – 9pm 

Saturday – 9am – 7pm 

Sunday – 11am – 6pm 

Please note: The CDS space hire email  and phone is only staffed 10am-6pm Mon – Sun.

Getting to Chisenhale Dance Space

By Tube:

  • Our closest London Underground station is Mile End (Central, District or Hammersmith & City Line).
  • It is a 15 minute walk to Chisenhale Dance Space from Mile End Station (see map).
  • Please note that Mile End Station does not have step-free access.

By bus:

  • Our closest bus stop is Roman Rd/Grove Rd Junction (Buses 8, 277, 339, or D6).
  • It is a 3 minute walk to Chisenhale Dance Space from this bus stop (see map).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
E3 5QZ
020 8981 6617

Local Parking

  • Parking is restricted around Chisenhale from Monday – Saturday until 17:30.
  • It is a 15 minute walk to Chisenhale Dance Space from Mile End Station (see map).
  • You will need to use the metres in the adjacent streets (£3.60 per hour for a maximum of 4 hours).
  • There is a Disabled parking bay located directly outside the building.
  • You can also search for spaces on the website JustPark

Getting into our building

  • Our imperfect home for the past 40 years has been on the second floor of a warehouse building, accessed by a staircase only. We regret that we cannot currently adequately support wheelchair users and those for whom stairs are a barrier. We are fighting for a redevelopment on our site that would create lift-access, but we are currently at the early stages of a several-years-long process.
  • There are 40 steps from the entrance to our main facilities (lounge and studio spaces). There is an uninterrupted bannister on the right-hand side of the staircase.
  • There is one step into both the Performance and Research Studios.
  • Our facilities are also accessible via our external fire exit located in the Performance Studio and is a straight line of 40 steps with a bannister along both sides.
  • Please get in touch if you need to use this exit to enter the building, or if you have any other access requirements.
  • Chisenhale Dance Space acknowledges the limitations of the building and would be happy to discuss any ways that we can help you access our studios or activities.

If you would like to talk to us please contact the office by phone on 020 8981 6617 or by email at

About our building

Door Frame Widths:

  • Main entrance: 100 cm
  • Upstairs door: 78 cm
  • Double door to common area: 105 cm (This door is heavy, and may require two hands to open)
  • Performance Studio Door: 90 cm
  • Research Studio Door: 70 cm
  • Artist Room Door: 70cm


  • There are gender neutral toilets available in the communal area (including three cubicles and one urinal).
  • CDS unfortunately does not have an accessible toilet or nappy changing area.
  • Door to Toilet: 78 cm
  • Cubicle Door: 57 cm
  • Toilet Seat size: 35 cm

Available amenities:

  • Filtered hot and cold water
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Floor Cushions
  • Yoga Mats & Yoga Blocks
  • Table & Chairs
  • Sofas

For more information about our studios please visit our spaces page.

Venue Evacuation

CDS has two fire exits:

  • Main staircase entry (Our main staircase has 40 steps with a bannister on the left side).
  • External fire escape which is located in our Performance studio (Our external fire exit is a straight line of 40 steps with a bannister along both sides.)
  • These exits must be kept clear at all times, please do not obstruct them.

If you discover a fire:

  • Activate the alarm
  • Ring 999
  • Leave the building by the nearest available exit
  • Proceed to the assembly point across the road at Chisenhale Primary School gates on Chisenhale Road.
  • Do not attempt to extinguish the fire.

If you hear the fire alarm:

  • Leave the building using the nearest available exit
  • Proceed to the assembly point located at the Chisenhale Primary school gates on Chisenhale Road.
  • *A short fire alarm test takes place every Thursday. Please evacuate the building if it does not turn off after 10 seconds.

Image of empty Performance Studio at Chisenhale Dance Space

Our Spaces

Looking for cheap rehearsal space in London?
We have two studios available for hire, both bright airy and equipped with a sprung dance floor and high-quality sound system.

Our Spaces