Dad Dancing is a contemporary dance project in two parts, each reflecting on growing up into a daughter and growing up into a dad.
The show is created and choreographed by Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb and performed alongside and in collaboration with their dads Adrian, David and Andy. The project uses idiosyncratic, embodied movement, humour and storytelling to explore father-child relationships. We champion the care, the embarrassment and love of those unique smooth moves born out of fatherhood.
The project also invites other dads and their children to join in through a variety of activites. We offer movement and storytelling workshops for dads and their children to spend quality time together, moving in thoughtful, fun and non-judgemental ways. We will also be developing a community cast of dads and children to join us for a scene in our show.
Both strands aim to coax men into the field of contemporary dance (as audience members or as participants), increase time fathers get to spend with their children and challenge traditional expectations and aesthetics of performance within our contemporary dance field.
Dad Dancing is produced by Second Hand Dance and supported by Battersea Arts Centre. Co-commissioned by South East Dance and Battersea Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England, Awards for all Big Lottery Fund and The Thistle Trust.