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Hearing Dances R&D Commission - 16 July 2021
Hearing Dances

We are pleased to have been selected by Pavilion Dance South West for their Digital Dance works led by a Disabled Artist / Company Commission. Made possible by our Culture Recovery Fund grant from Arts Council England and DCMS in April 2021, they are supported research into a new work, Hearing Dances. 

Hearing Dances is an experiment in audio description and foley, made for visually impared and non-disabled children ages 5-8. The project will explore the sounds that dance can make with different materials, and tests audio description (written by children for children) as a score for an improvised dance.

Families will see the outcome of this stage of the project in a special Zoom session on Saturday 9th October, as well as being posted a box of materials to explore from home. 



Getting Dressed Films Commissioned by StreamDANCE - 14 July 2021
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We're so excited to be selected as part of StreamDANCE, the first national project to commission made-for-broadcast digital dance for young audiences! Our Getting Dressed films will create a digital world of swirling skirts, sashaying socks, and glitter ball dresses in a series of short colourful films for ages 2-8 exploring clothes and identity with a soundtrack of 80s inspired music.
StreamDANCE is led by Tandem Works, produced in association with The Place & commissioned by DanceEast, South East Dance & Pavilion Dance South West supported by Lighthouse using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The project is a rapid response to the global pandemic, directly addressing the lack of digital offerings for young people http://tandemworks.uk/streamdance 


21 artists were proposed for the commission by a cohort of nine national organisations. Each organisation proposed an existing live work they felt would adapt well to the digital realm. 7 artists were shortlisted and paid to submit full proposals

The interview panel consisted of leaders in the fields of dance, broadcasting, screen dance and children and young people’s programming: Eibhlin de Barra Anand Bhatt Kez MargrieOmari Carter

The commissioned artists are:
Anatomical - The Doodle Chalk Dance
Chad Taylor - When I Hear Music
Second Hand Dance – Getting Dressed Films
Each artist has been awarded £15,000 towards the creation costs of the work, and £1,500 towards making the work accessible.

Premiere's of the new pieces planned for January 2022!

Recruiting: Company and Project Manager - 1 June 2021

Joining the company at an exciting time in its development the role of Company & Projects Manager is a pivotal one in delivering the company’s mission and vision of the Company. As we enter the second year of Elevate funding from Arts Council England we are delighted to be recruiting this key member of the SHD team. The role offers the right candidate the opportunity to manage and deliver our award winning dance projects as well as shaping the day to day operations of the company.

Second Hand Dance is a disabled-led dance company driven by Artistic Director Rosie Heafford and Executive Producer Claire Summerfield. Established in 2013, we create touring shows and digital dance experiences for children and adults. Based in England our work has a growing international profile as well as local and regional impact.

Company & Project Mananger

The Company and Projects Manager will work alongside Rosie Heafford, Artistic Director and Claire Summerfield, Executive Producer to support the strategic direction, projects and partnerships, and administrative operations of Second Hand Dance.  

To apply

Candidates are required to complete a 500 word written or audio statement outlining your relevant experience and what it is that excites you about the position. Please respond to the Job Description and the Essential Attributes in the Person Specification in your statement, along with confirmation you are available on the interview dates. Please submit applications along with an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Claire Summerfield admin@secondhanddance.co.uk  

For a full job description and equal opportunities form please email Olive Kane, Producer via producer@secondhanddance.co.uk Large print available.

There is an audio version of the application pack here: Audio Recruitment Pack

Second Hand Dance actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills, and stories to join us and influence and develop our working practice. We also welcome discussions about flexible working.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 5 July
Interviews:  19 and 20 July, with possible 2nd interview date 21 July
Start date: Week begin 6th September
Type of Engagement: Temporary freelance
Contract length: September 2021 to March 2022 with possible extension to March 2023 
Hours: 3 days a week (21 hrs) to 29 October 2021, then increasing to 4 days a week.  The hours can be delivered flexibly across the working week.
Fee: £150 per day
Expenses: Travel and other incidental expenses related to the role. To be agreed in advance.
Place of work: Remotely, with regular in person contact. SHD is based in Surrey.

Read our updated Mission & Vision! - 1 June 2021
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We've been doing lots of planning and reflecting behind the scenes. Recently we revised our vision, mission and guiding principles. You can read them in full here