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Artists International Development Fund

29 June 2014

Rosie has been awarded an Artists International Development Fund by British Council and Arts Council England. She says:

"Inspired by my recent visit to the Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh (May 2014), the aim of this project is to research European and international practices in choreographing dance performance for children and young people. My proposed project, developed with the Imaginate Festival, will allow me to see a range of work specifically for children and young people; attend talks, workshops and discussions; develop a touring network with international artists and producers; observe new methods of choreography and working with and for children; and reflect on my own practice.
I will visit 2 european festivals that specialize in showcasing performance for children and artists’ development:

  • Szene Bunte Wahne (Vienna) – specialist dance festival for children and young people
  • Krokusfestival (Hasselt) – specialist dance and theatre festival for children and young people

Visual Designer wanted!

27 May 2014

Second Hand Dance are seeking a visual artist to design, source and make the visual elements for a new production for young children and families based on the theme of grass.

Job Description

We are seeking a creative/visual arts graduate with strong designing and making skills. We need someone that can turn their hand to anything, is resourceful, likes to problem solve, and is excited about creating arts experiences for young children. We are looking for an excellent candidate, who is hyper-organised with good communications skills

Desired Qualities

-     Excellent designing skills

-     Practical visual art skills in varied media (need to be interested in working with artificial and real grass and confident making large-scale props)

-     Experience making sets and props for theatre and outdoor performances

-     Happy to assist at performances and travel with set/props

-     Clean driving licence

Key Dates

Rehearsals with dancers
W/C 23 June 2014
W/C 30 June 2014
W/C 14 July 2014

Performances
Scratch - 5 July in Guildford
Bristol Harbor Festival 19 & 20 July

The designer will be required to attend the performances and at least 2 rehearsal dates. Funding dependent, this project will be developed further in August/September 2014

Fee: £550 plus £350 materials budget

We are in the process of applying for further funding to develop this project, which will increase the fee

Please email rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk for the full brief with creative ideas. Then, to apply please send your CV plus a letter outlining your suitability and examples from previous projects or a portfolio. If possible, also include ideas for the visual design inspired by the pinterest mood board. Send applications to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk

Deadline: 10 June, 4pm

Informal interviews will take place W/C 16 June

The Giant's Story

20 May 2014

We've an exciting new project to announce that will be online and in South West Libraries this Summer!

Proudly, we've been commissioned again by Pavilion Dance South West and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) to work with Somerset Film to create a new digital dance offer inspired by this years Summer Reading Challenge theme of 'Mythical Maze'

We'll be in the studio down in Bournemouth for the first week in June 2014 devising and filming, so you'll get to hear more soon!

Dad Dancing funding success!

07 January 2014

The Dad Dancing team is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a second grant from Arts Council England for the creation and premiere of the Dad Dancing show co-produced by Second Hand Dance and Battersea Arts Centre with project partners The Albany, Katherine Lowe Settlement, South East Dance and Dance Woking.

 

Dad Dancing is a contemporary dance work reflecting on growing up into a daughter and growing up into a dad. The project is created by Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb and performed alongside and in collaboration with their dads Adrian, David and Andy (Core Team). The show will premiere at BAC in Autumn 2014 with the 3 father-daughter pairs and a community cast. By sharing our histories through movement and text, Dad Dancing will invite audiences to reflect on and discuss the roles of fatherhood, the complexities of intergenerational art and relationships within their own families.

 

The project so far 

2012

The first phase of this project took place during the Autumn of 2012 when initial research and development took place in the studio with the Core Team and through 15 workshops throughout South East England supported by Arts Council England, Surrey County Council, South East Dance and the Nightingale Theatre.

 

2013

In 2013 the team continued to develop the performance material with support from Battersea Arts Centre and have scratched at Kent Dancing, Yorkshire Dance and Battersea Arts Centre.

 

2014

With the support of our new grant from Arts Council England we are excited to embark on a collaborative relationship with Battersea Arts Centre to create a full-length show with a cast of community performers alongside project partners South East Dance, Dance Woking, The Albany and the Katherine Lowe Settlement. We are looking forward to consolidating the core teams research in the studio through 6 week-long residencies including outreach workshops to build the community cast, input from a dramaturg, life-coach, visiting artists and community development workers. We will also curate 2 symposiums exploring paternal roles in society and the implications of presenting them on the dancing body.

 

The future

We are excited about the possibilities for this truly unique show and will be looking to tour the work in 2015 to work with regional arts centres and their communities

 

Saturday 8 February 2014, 7pm, Battersea Arts Centre

 

To find out more about the project and watch the team in action join us for our first scratch of 2014 with a bite to eat. RSVP daddancingproject@gmail.com or book your tickets at https://www.bac.org.uk

 

Keep updated with our choreographic adventures as well as contributing your own stories, Dadisms, photos and drawings by following us on facebook, twitter or on our website!


www.facebook.com/daddancingproject  

@daddanceproject 

http://dad-dancing.org/wordpress/


 

Second Hand Dance winner of 'Best overall Bussiness' at Epsom and Ewell Business Awards

21 November 2013

Rosie Heafford with Chris Grayling at the Epsom & Ewell Business Awards

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that at the Epsom and Ewell Business awards on 21 November 2013 Second Hand Dance won two awards:

Best Creative Business

Best Overall Business

Presented by Chris Grayling and University of the Creative Arts, we hope that we will be able to use these awards to grow our business profile locally and through the awarded membership of the Federation of Small Businesses and Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

 

Adult Dance Classes start back Tuesday 17 September 2013

02 September 2013

2HD poster

Check out our new poster for our adult dance classes starting back on Tuesday 17 September 2013. Sign-up now by emailing rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk

Discover the joys of dance through a weekly dance class for adults aged 18-118: 

  • A fun way to keep fit through gentle exercise
  • Improve stamina, balance + coordination
  • Build your confidence + meet new friends

Led by Rosie Heafford, this class is specifically aimed at adults who want more than an exercise class. Please come in comfortable clothing that will not restrict your movement. You may dance barefoot, in socks or soft shoes.

Join us to find a fun, friendly way to keep fit and healthy.

Tuesdays 7.15-8.15pm
£7 per session or £40 per half term
Upper Lounge, Epsom Methodist church,
Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ

 

Rosie awarded an Observership from Dance UK

25 July 2013

Ten choreographers have been announced to take part in Dance UK’s new Choreographers Observership Programme. The selected choreographers are drawn from across England. The aim of the Choreographers Observerships is to give dance artists the chance to learn from each other and to develop their craft by building a deeper understanding of different working processes and environments available to them, (from opera to commercials, from computer games to music videos).

Dance UK and a panel of industry experts have selected the successful choreographers from an open application process which was announced at Dance UK’s National Choreographers Conference in May.

We are pleased to announce that Rosie was successful in her application for an observership and will be observing Lone Twin's process in Autumn 2013. Please read more here:

https://www.danceuk.org/news/article/ten-choreographers-selected-dance-uk-choreographic-observerships/

Professional dancers required for Second Hand Dance’s Creepy House Libraries project

12 June 2013

Audition date : 24 June 2013 at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

Deadline for applications : Friday 21 June

 

Second Hand Dance is directed by Rosie Heafford and specialises in making high-quality dance experiences for a range of venues including libraries, galleries, outdoors, theatres and other public locations. Aiming to inspire and intrigue audiences, Second Hand Dance investigates participation in performance and constantly explores engaging audiences in innovative ways. Recent projects include Dad Dancing, a collaboration with 3 dancers and their dads, and Humpty Dumpty, an interactive dance performance for 4-7 year olds.  www.secondhanddance.co.uk

Creepy house will be a new promenade performance that leads participants through different ‘rooms’ staged in libraries to investigate what’s there and who’s haunting the house. Taking inspiration from the Summer Reading Challenge book list for 4-12 year olds, the performance will use dance, text and props to create a mystery tour of performance and interactive tasks.

The work is being commissioned by the South West Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. It has been funded through Arts Council England’s Grants for Arts scheme with investment from Pavilion Dance South West.

 

Dancers for this project must:

  • Have excellent devising skills
  • Be comfortable working with text
  • Work well as part of a group
  • Be able to engage a young audience (experience delivering dance participation activities is preferred: please indicate on your CV if you have a current Enhanced CRB Check Certificate)
  • Be living or working in the South West

 

Dancers for this project will ideally:

  • Have 3 years professional experience
  • Be comfortable assisting with set-up and touring of work
  • Be open to using visual art skills
  • Clean driving licence/ access to a car

 

Project dates and fee

  • R&D will take place from 1-4, 8, 9, 23-27 July
  • Performances in at least 13 SW libraries in August

£150/performance day x 13 days and £75/rehearsal day x 11 days + a contribution to travel on the performance days.

 

Audition and application

The audition will take place on Monday 24 June 2013 at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth. It will include contemporary repertory as well as devising, drawing and text work. The focus will be on performance skills and imagination!

Please send a current CV with links to showreel/video footage and a brief cover email expressing your interest in working with the company for this particular project to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk .

Project Assistant for Creepy House

11 June 2013

Deadline: 28 June 2013, 4pm

Informal interviews will take place in Bournemouth W/C 1 July

 

Second Hand Dance is directed by Rosie Heafford and specialises in making high-quality dance experiences for a range of venues including libraries, galleries, outdoors, theatres and other public locations. Aiming to inspire and intrigue audiences, Second Hand Dance investigates participation in performance and constantly explores engaging audiences in innovative ways. Recent projects include Dad Dancing, a collaboration with 3 dancers and their dads, and Humpty Dumpty, an interactive dance performance for 4-7 year olds. 

Creepy house will be a new promenade performance that leads participants through different ‘rooms’ staged in libraries to investigate what’s there and who’s haunting the house. Taking inspiration from the Summer Reading Challenge book list, the performance will use dance, text and props to create a mystery tour of performance and interactive tasks.  Please go to www.secondhanddance.co.uk to check out photos and videos of previous projects. 

The work is being commissioned by the South West Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. It has been funded through Arts Council England’s Grants for Arts scheme with investment from Pavilion Dance South West.

 

Job Description: Project Assistant

We are seeking a dance, performance or visual arts graduate with strong interpersonal skills to assist with the upcoming tour of Creepy House to include assistance at performances with get-ins, set, music and possibly workshops or other wrap-around activity.

We need someone that can turn their hand to anything, wants to learn and progress in the arts and is excited about creating arts experiences for young children. This post is extremely varied and will include some heavy-lifting and operating a portable PA system.

We are looking for an excellent candidate, who is hyper-organised with good communications skills.

Desired Qualities

-      Excellent Interpersonal skills

-      Experience working in the arts, under-pressure and managing performances (stage-management experience is a bonus)

-      Interest in dance/performance and arts for children

-      Practical visual art skills (perhaps including face painting or other drawing/craft skills)

-      Clean driving licence with access to a car/van and storage for props

-      CRB check

 

Key Dates

You will need to be available to come in to rehearsals for 2 x 0.5 days during 23-27 July

Performance dates will be throughout August (TBC) – there will be 13 performances in total

 

Fees

The inclusive fee for this project will be £120 per day to include 13 performance dates plus 2 x 0.5 days in rehearsal.

 

To apply please send your CV plus a letter outlining your suitability for the post to rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk