People

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Rosie Heafford - Artistic Director

Rosie Heafford is a performance maker and choreographer, graduating with a BA (HONS) from Laban in 2009 and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010. Alongside her work with Second Hand Dance she facilitates, teaches, mentors, choreographs and performs on a range of projects in collaboration with artists and communities.

She is interested in the celebratory aspect of performance. Something that is full of joy. Where dance is reclaimed from awkwardness into a gift; an exchange between viewer and performer. A shared experience of movement.

Claire Summerfield - Executive Producer

Tandem Works: is award winning Independent Producer Claire Summerfield. We support companies/artists developing and presenting performance-based work; from one person shows to site specific multi-disciplinary productions to and international tours.

Each partnership responds to the needs of the artist/company and may include artistic and organisational strategy development, project design, partnership development and mentoring. Our portfolio includes: Mars.tarrab ROLLER (The Barbican), Tom Dale Company (I Infinite, Cabin Fever, Refugees of the Septic Heart, Digitopia), 30 Bird (JUNCTURES, Plastic, Poland 3 Iran 2, Majnoun) and Michael Pinchbeck (The Beginning),

In 2017 Claire secured Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status for Tom Dale Company. Tandem Works has acted as Executive Producer for Second Hand Dance since 2015.

Emily Jameson - Producer

Emily studied dance at London College of Dance, Middlesex University, before completing an MA in Arts Management at City University, London. She has worked as a project manager/producer/general manager in a variety of roles, including with English National Opera, Sadler's Wells, Fevered Sleep and SLiDE Dance.

How we are working together:
Emily is delighted to have joined Second Hand Dance and is looking forward to spending time working with the company and embracing swimming again! 

First contact with Second Hand Dance:
I first met Rosie on a training course quite a few years ago. We got chatting and I've been following her work ever since!

Favourite Second Hand Dance show:
My favourite show is Dad Dancing as it was my first experience of a Second Hand Dance show. 

Lauryn Pinard - Access Worker

Coming soon...

Cath James - Board Member

Cath leads on the artistic direction of South East Dance and works alongside Rachel Gibson, the Executive Director to ensure the effective management and leadership of South East Dance. 


Originally from Australia, Cath’s background is in dance, having been a dancer at Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies amongst others. Cath also taught dance internationally, before moving into producing, mentoring and management. She has curated, written about and choreographed dance during her 40-year career. 

Cath has been on many arts charity boards including Pavilion Dance South West and Brighton Digital Festival, and was Chair of the Merlin Theatre in Frome. 

Dance is still a huge part of Cath’s life, taking regular dance and Pilates classes. She has been known to do the odd yoga session and to get creative in her own silent disco on her allotment too. 
 
How we are working together: 
Cath is on Second Hand Dance’s steering group. 


Favourite Second Hand Dance show:

Grass – such a thoughtful, beautiful, imaginative work for the under 5s. 
 

Louise Wildish - Board Member

Having worked in the arts for over 25 years and in more recent years as a director, producer, filmmaker, mentor and disability consultant, Louise has had extensive experience of working with a large portfolio of organisations and individuals across the arts sector both as an artist in a freelance capacity and at senior management level.

 

She has directed and or produced on many small to large-scale productions both in theatre and dance including for Mansfield Palace Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Orchestras Live and Mickael Marso Riviere. She produces events - physical and digital programmes on regional, national and international levels and produces for a number of artists disabled and non disabled in developing funding applications, and business development.

 

Louise works as Director of Engagement for national dance organisation People Dancing where in 2014 – 2019 she produced the 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition and film programme. She also works for Mercury Theatre as a mentor, and is a mentee on the Media Trust and Screenskills BBCs 50/50 Reframing Disability mentoring programme.

 

After meeting Rosie through a dance networking event, Louise has joined Second Hand Dance as a trustee.