Dad Dancing on Tour!

14 September 2017

Dad Dancing is a collaboration between Rosie Heafford (Second Hand Dance), Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb. We’re delighted to say that the project has secured funding from Arts Council England to tour to 4 venues in England with co-producing support from Battersea Arts Centre.

Dad Dancing is a joyous contemporary dance show exploring father-child relationships with humour and playful storytelling. Rosie, Alexandrina and Helena are joined by their dads and a supporting cast of father-figures, sons and daughters of all ages, as they share their similarities and differences, hopes and regrets to a soundtrack including Beethoven, Whitney Houston and Pendulum.

Our first performance will be at:
27 October 2017, 8pm
Attenborough Arts Centre, Brighton

Check out the project website for more information:

Grass is going to Imaginate (the Edinburgh International Children's Festival)

01 May 2017

We're excitedly packing our bags and finishing our final preparations to head up to the Edinburgh International Children's Festival with Grass. It's a brilliant opportunity to showcase the work at an international platform

Artistic Director/Choreographer Rosie Heafford and Producer Claire Summerfield will be there for the week and we'd love to meet with you during the festival. So if you fancy a chat please contact Claire - / 07976 371 124 or Rosie - / 07900 986 148.

See you in Edinburgh!


Getting Dressed Tour Dates announced

09 January 2017

Our UK tour dates are now announced and you can find more information about the show and team that are making it at

Sun 12 Feb 3pm
Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth | 01202 203630

Tue 14 Feb 11.30am & 3pm
Nottingham Lakeside Arts | 0115 846 7777

Sat 18 2pm & Sun 19 Feb 11am & 2pm
Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler’s Wells), London | 020 7863 8000

Sat 25 Feb 11am & 2pm
Gulbenkian, Canterbury | 01227 769075

Sat 4 Mar 2pm
Deda, Derby | 01332370911

Wed 8 Mar 1.30pm
The Core at Corby Cube | 01536 470470

Sun 12 Mar 11am & 2pm
artsdepot, London | 020 8369 5454

Sat 18 Mar 4pm, Sun 19 Mar 11am, Mon 20 Mar 10.30am
DanceEast, Ipswich | 01473 295230

Thu 6 Apr 11.30 & 2.30pm
Cambridge Junction |01223 511 511

Sat 8 Apr 11am
The Edge, Bath | 01225 386777

Thu 20 Apr 2pm
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexam |01434 652477

Sat 22 Apr 3pm
Dance City, Newcastle | 0191 261 0505

Fri 28 Apr 1.15pm, Sat 29 Apr 11am & 2pm
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London | 020 8279 1080

Sun 30 Apr 4pm & Mon 1 May 11am
Watermans Arts Centre, London | 020 8232 1010

We're Getting Dressed in 2017

25 October 2016

Second Hand Dance presents




 Commissioned by Gulbenkian, University of Kent


Second Hand Dance is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded funds from Arts Council England to make and tour 'Getting Dressed', a new dance-show for children and families in 2017. 

The work will premiere at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth on Sunday 12th February 2017 and tour the UK until the beginning of May. 

After an exciting summer presenting our work-in-progress ideas at On The Edge Festival and Tanzmesse, we're now proud to be able to make the work. 

Aimed at ages 4+ and their families, the show will invite us all to be as creative as we can with the clothes we wear, tempting us to get dressed just a little bit differently.

We've got some wonderful support for this project; it's co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Pavilion Dance South West and made in association with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Dance East, Southbank Centre, South East Dance, The Point and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Second Hand Dance is a Playtime Artist with Pavilion Dance South West and Company in Residence at South East Dance.

What next? - Watch this space and we'll release our tour dates soon - hope you can come along!



AUDITION WORKSHOP – for Second Hand Dance with Erik Kaiel

08 August 2016

Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. 

We are currently seeking dancers for a new production, Getting Dressed, for children and families that delves into the movement and humour of clothes. How you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender.

We are looking for 3 performers who are confident in contemporary technique, devising, collaborating and have a desire to work on a family dance production. We are particularly interested in performers who are confident in partner-work and lifting or with parkour/acro- experience.

Getting dressed by yourself is a huge milestone as a child; developing independence and the identity we choose to present to the wider world. The work will aim to subtly challenge the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences children encounter when starting school. We aim to be inclusive in our casting and are actively seeking applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and body types.

Audition workshops will take place on 19, 20 & 22 September in London.

Supported by Pavilion Dance South West, South East Dance, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Southbank Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Rosie Heafford – Second Hand dance is a Pavilion Dance South West Playtime artist and South East Dance Company in Resdince. Produced by Claire Summerfield at



Audition workshops will be run by Second Hand Dance Artistic Director Rosie Heafford and internationally renowned choreographer Erik Kaiel from Arch8. We expect all audtionees to be available for the full 3 day workshop process.

Monday 19 September – Open Audition with morning class, improvisatory tasks and physical workshop. At the end of the day, selections will be made for re-calls on 20 & 22 Sept.

Tuesday 20 September & Thursday 22 September – re-calls for selected applicants. 

A small stipend will be able for those re-called towards travel costs.

We are looking for male and female performers with the following qualities:

  • Excellent devising skills, willing to work collaboratively and quick to generate movement; an eye for detail and refining movement
  • Confident with partner-work and lifts and excited about developing physically demanding movement as a group
  • Interested in performing for and interacting with children and family audiences
  • Willingness to explore working with clothes and discuss how we can translate themes of gender and identity to young audiences



Creation Period: December 2016 – February 2017.

Touring: February – March 2017



£450 per week

The Creation and tour period is subject to confirmation of funding, anticipated for October 2016.


Please send a CV, performance footage and a covering letter (or video application if you are less comfortable writing) explaining why you would like to work with us to by 11th September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 14th September 2016. Please let us know in your application if you have any access requirements.



Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought-provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. The work is often socially-engaged and presented in a range of spaces, from theatres to gardens, creating unique experiences for audiences. Previous projects include Dad Dancing co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre and Grass in association with the Unicorn Theatre. In 2016 Artistic Director Rosie Heafford received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards.  



Erik Kaiel performs, choreographs and teaches throughout Netherlands, Europe, and the world. In Autumn 2016, 3 of his works are being presented by Dance Umbrella throughout the festival: Tetris, O Snap and No Man is an Island. In 2010, he won the Dutch national prize for choreographic talent, and the No Ballet competition in Germany.

Current projects include a co-production with Tanzhuis NRW/Het Lab (2012), a new cross-border collaborative work with Dutch and Belgian youth, & a series of public space performances in Cairo, Denmark and Sweden.

He is the artistic director of Crosstown Den Haag, a choreographic fellow at Danslab, and a faculty member at the Artez Dance Academy in Arnhem.


Second Hand Dance at Tanzmesse NRW - 2 September 2016

04 August 2016

Second Hand Dance are one of 7 British companies performing at Tanzmesse NRW, Europe's Largest Dance Trade Event. 

Fri 2 Sept 2016
17.45 - 18.15pm
Studio 4, tanzhaus new, Studio 4, Erkrather Str. 30, 40233 Düsseldorf

Register your interest to book tickets here:

Getting Dressed delves into the movement and humour of clothes; how you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender….And, get stuck in them 

Watch an extract from our R&D here: 

British dance artists and companies are coming together as part of a pilot project, Dance in Great Britain, which aims to promote the export potential of UK contemporary dance by presenting a number of performances, events and showcases at International Tanzmesse nrw 2016, Europe’s largest dance trade event. This event marks the first time that UK Trade & Investment has invested in a project of this kind, recognising the potential new international markets for the UK’s dance sector.

Produced by Dance4 on behalf of National Dance Network, Dance in Great Britain is a collaboration between UK Trade and Investment (funded through the GREAT campaign), Arts Council England, British Council, with additional support from Wales Arts International and Creative Scotland. The project aims to raise the profile of the UK’s dance sector to an international business audience with the aim of increasing the potential for export opportunities and international partnerships.

Simon Mellor, Executive Director, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Dance4 to help strengthen the international profile of some of our country’s most exciting dance companies and choreographers. Tanzmesse is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the quality of dance talent Britain has to offer, to increase the number of overseas performances from companies that Arts Council England invests in and to explore opportunities for new international collaborations.”

The UK’s programme at International Tanzmesse nrw includes an exciting range of performances, open studio sessions and discussion events, bringing artists and producers from the UK together to explore women in choreography, their contribution to knowledge development and the creation of new ideas and work. Open studio sessions provide artists and choreographers the opportunity to share their new emerging creations with one of the world’s largest gatherings of dance professionals.

The dance artists and companies presenting works at International Tanzmesse nrw as part of Dance in Great Britain are Theo Clinkard, Joan Clevillé Dance, Second Hand Dance, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Janine Fletcher, National Dance Company Wales, and Roberta Jean / mysteryskin.

Dance in Great Britain, which is under the umbrella Culture is GREAT which is part of the Britain is GREAT campaign promotes the rich cultural offer in the UK to attract tourists (supported by Visit Britain) as well as students who might want to study arts subjects in the UK (supported by British Council).  

Invitation for children and parents/carers in Birmingham

20 June 2016

GETTING DRESSED by Second Hand Dance

A new dance show for 4 – 7 year olds

4.45pm Wednesday July 6th

ACE Dance Studio, Birmingham


In July some of the world’s leading theatre and dance companies making work for children and young people will be performing in Birmingham, as part of On The Edge – an international 10 day festival happening across the city. 

Some of this work is still in the process of being made - it won’t be presented to the public, only to an invited audience. 

Second Hand Dance is making a new show, all about getting dressed, for children aged 4 – 7 years and their families. We’ve made about 20 minutes of material and would love to see what you think.

Getting Dressed delves into the movement and humour of clothes; how you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender….And, get stuck in them

We hope to encourage young children to experiment with what they like to wear, subtly challenging some of the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences they encounter as they venture into the wider world.

The performance is free. We’re looking for about 10 children and carers to help us test what we’ve been making. This promises to be a fun chance to see a new piece of work by one of the UK’s leading dance companies making work for younger audiences. If you’d like a taste of what you might see there’s some footage form rehearsals here:

Second Hand Dance makes highly visual dance performances, collaborating with dancers, visual artists and the public to produce joyful, inspirational shows for children and adults. We present our work in theatres, galleries, libraries and outdoor spaces creating unique experiences for audiences. In 2016 Choreographer Rosie Heafford received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards.


If you’d like to come please RSVP to Pippa Frith on with your name and contact number

NO LATER THAN 29 JUNE. Pippa will confirm your booking and let you know where to come and who will meet you. Please arrive at 4.30pm.

Light refreshments will be available (a soft drink and snack) and the performance will last about 20 minutes.

We look forward to meeting you there!




Getting Dressed at On The Edge and Tanzmesse

09 May 2016

We've a super exciting announcement...

Getting Dressed, has been selected to present a work-in-progresses at On The Edge (ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering) in Birmingham and Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf.

Wed 6 July 2016 (Time TBC)
Book your delegate ticket here:

Fri 2 Sept 2016 (Time TBC)
Register your interest to book tickets here:

Getting Dressed delves into the movement and humour of clothes; how you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender….And, get stuck in them

A highly visual, dance performance exploring textiles and clothing – making the ordinary feel extraordinary. Made for 4 – 7 year olds Getting Dressed encourages young children to experiment with what they like to wear, subtly challenging some of the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences they encounter as they venture into the wider world.

Research and development was completed in Autumn 2015 with support from South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Getting Dressed is available to tour from Spring 2017

For more information please contact:
Rosie Heafford (Artistic Director) -
Claire Summerfield (Producer) -

Rosie Heafford & Second Hand Dance shortlisted for Children's Theatre Award

27 January 2016

Rosie Heafford was shortlisted by the 2016 Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Award and won £1000 towards developing her practice.

The award, which encouraged nominations from established practitioners, producers and directors, is supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation. The shortlist, selected by critic Lyn Gardner, Fevered Sleep’s David Harradine, and Southbank’s Jude Kelly CBE, looked at a wide spectrum of UK based talent working in Children’s Theatre from writers, adapters, designers and/or devisors. The Award is not a commission but to be used to pay for living and working expenses, affording the chosen artist some breathing space in order to nurture their own development within the artform.

Children’s Theatre was chosen by the Arts Foundation to give recognition to the artform. As judge David Harradine explains, I know how hard it can be to be an artist with ambition and a strong commitment to young audiences, and how frustrating that, still, work for children is not as celebrated, well funded, or critically acclaimed as it should be. Spanning disciplines, the shortlist all share a vision of a world in which artists aspire to make their best work, their most innovative work, and their bravest work, when they’re making work for children.  That the Arts Foundation might help make such a dreamed-of world a reality is simply brilliant’.

The shortlist included Steven Camden, Elizabeth Clark and winner Greg Sinclair. Looking at the shortlist it is notable that the diverse range of artists have brought well established skills to their current practice. Dancer and choreographer Liz Clark is artistic director of ‘Turned on its Head’, a company that is widely acknowledged to be pushing the boundaries of participatory dance theatre performance for children under five and their families, with inclusivity at its heart;  Spoken word artist, Steven Camden’s (aka Polarbear) highly acclaimed and exuberant, fast-paced, ‘Mouth Open, Story Jump Out’ show has taken his story telling from Britain’s schools to the international stage; Self-proclaimed  performance maker and choreographer Rosie Heafford makes highly visual, socially engaged and subtly participatory work for children,  often designed to adapt to a variety of spaces, from the theatre-based, intergenerational ‘Dad Dancing’, to the multi-sensory and surprisingly active library performance of ‘Humpty Dumpty’; Greg Sinclair is a musician and live artist, beginning with a musical idea and then working with children as his collaborators.  After extensive research in primary schools, he took ‘Ditto’, a music-based performance to the theatre, a show that allowed and encouraged children’s reflection and response to a musical journey.

The winner was announced on Thursday 28th January in London at the Arts Foundation Awards 2016 when £78,000 of awards were announced across the Arts. Other awards are in: Art in Urban Space, Materials Innovation, Literary Translation, Producers of Live Music and Jewellery Design.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   on the 2016 shortlist and the Arts Foundation go to

New show for babies '16 Singers' opens as part of Dance Umbrella

14 October 2015

Choreographer Rosie Heafford, has been working alongside Katherine Morley on a new show for babies aged 0-18 months. Using the voices of 16 live singers, this piece cleverly captures the attention of tiny spectators with breath, rhythms and song, and blends movement patterns and dance with an intricate, moving set.

Paul Rissman’s uplifting score is sung by the performers as they move amongst the babies, while Rosie Heafford adds gentle patterns of movement in and around Sophia Clist’s delicately woven sculpture. With its very young audience at its heart, 16 Singers is a rare opportunity to share a beautifully crafted performance with your baby.

Out of the Egg Productions in association with Dance Umbrella

Tour Dates

The Albany
15th – 16th October

Arts Depot
27th – 28th October

Stratford Circus
29th – 31st October

Take-Off Festival
21 - 24 October 2015

Waterside Arts Centre

30th October

The Boo
31st October

Z Arts
1st November

St David’s Hall
3rd November

the egg
5th – 8th November