Recruiting: Producer - 8 September 2021

Joining the company at an exciting time in its development the role of Producer is a pivotal one in delivering our mission and vision. 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 oversee the delivery of creative projects, manage finances and logistics, and weave our access ethos into every part 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.

Producer role

The Producer 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 

Producer Recruitment Pack

Producer Recruitment Pack - Large Print Version

Producer Recruitment Pack - Audio Version

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form - Large Print Version

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 Friday 1 October 2021

Interviews:  11 & 12 October 2021, with possible 2nd interview date 14 & 18 October 2021.

Type of Engagement:
Freelance to March 2022, transferring to PAYE April 2022

Start date: ASAP/Flexibility pending candidate availability

October 2021 to 31 March 2023

: 4 days a week (28 hrs). The hours can be delivered flexibly across the working week.

: £150 per day (Freelance), £28-30K pro rata (PAYE)

: Travel and other incidental expenses related to the role. To be agreed in advance.

Place of work: Second Hand Dance works remotely, with regular in person contact in London and the South East of England. SHD is based in Surrey.

: Access requirements for undertaking this role will be taken on a case by case basis and discussed confidentially with the appointed applicant. Second Hand Dance will undertake to meet reasonable adjustments; specific access requirements should be met by Access To Work support.

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 

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!

Read our updated Mission & Vision! - 1 June 2021
Vision and M
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