New Creepy House commission!

10 June 2013

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Second Hand Dance have been commissioned to make a new work inspired by the Summer Reading Challenge theme of 'Creepy House' to tour to 13 libraries in the South West of England in August 2013.

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 the Arts scheme with investment from Pavilion Dance South West and support from RIO, the Bridge organisation for the South West.

Looking for a Project Assistant for Humpty Dumpty

19 April 2013

Second Hand Dance & Claire Reed are seeking a project assistant to work with them on their upcoming tour of ‘Humpty Dumpty: A Wibbly Wobbly World of Words’

About Humpty Dumpty: A Wibbly Wobbly World of Words:

Humpty Dumpty is an immersive dance, visual arts and music performance that engages children aged 4-7 and their families, taking them on an exciting journey through a magical landscape of words and movement. Inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll and his Humpty Dumpty character from ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ this interactive, promenade experience encourages active literacy and learning through movement and dance. Part dance performance, part workshop, audiences join the search for Humpty Dumpty guided by two dancers, following the paper soldier clues, exploring a magical set, watching and making up their own dances as they go. Humpty Dumpty is a modular performance that can be adapted to fit a range of venues and events including libraries, cultural venues, children’s festivals or outdoor events. The performance integrates itself into each venue space by travelling through and around bookshelves, trees, shops or corridors.

Job Description: Project Assistant
We are seeking a dance, performance or visual arts graduate with strong interpersonal skills to assist with the upcoming development and tour of Humpty Dumpty to include assistance at performances with set, music and workshops. If interested, the candidate will also have the opportunity to act as an understudy for the performers.

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
CRB check
– Practical visual art skills
– Dance/performance experience
– Based in Surrey or with easy travel access

Key Dates
Rehearsals: 26-28 May & 20-22 June
Confirmed performances: 7 & 13 July, 17 & 28 Aug (more TBC)
You will be required to attend 8 performances across London and the South of England.

Fee: £650 to include rehearsal dates plus 8 performance days in London and across the South of England. Travel to performances will be provided from Epsom.

To apply please send your CV plus a letter outlining your suitability for the post to

Deadline: 10 May, 4pm
Informal interviews will take place W/C 13 May


Humpty Dumpty recieves Arts Council Grant

12 April 2013

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There were squeals of delight in the kitchen today after Rosie found out that our application to develop and tour Humpty Dumpty around London and the South of England was successful today.

Keep your eyes posted for the tour dates that will be released soon at venues near you!


Dad Dancing at BAC

28 February 2013

Hot off the press after our sharing with Surrey Dance Collective tonight: BAC have offered to support the next stage of our Dad Dancing Project! Catch our sharings in May and June, but be prepared for a full-lenght work to splash onto the scene in 2014! Bring it on dads!

Dad Dancing Update

27 November 2012

With our first sharing a huge success at the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, the dads and daughters team are gearing up for another fruitful week of investigating themselves, dance and their relationships at the South East Dance Studios in Hextable. If you would like to watch our sharing on 6th Dec, get in touch now to reserve your space, or take a look at our blog to find out what we've been up to so far!

Runway Project Film

07 November 2012

If you didn't make it down to the Magna Carta memorial on 13th October 2012, now's your chance to take a look at the project by watching this great film:

Runway Project Film

SHD shortlisted for Epsom & Ewell Business Awards

21 October 2012

We have been shortlisted for the Best Business for Commitment to the Community, Best Young Entrepreneur and Best Small Business, as part of the Epsom & Ewell Business Awards fro 2012. Wish us luck!

The Awards initiated by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP have been established to highlight business excellence in the local community.

Dad Dancing Project recieves Arts Council Grant!

01 October 2012

Second Hand Dance are please to announce their new collaborative project funded by Arts Council England and Surrey County Council, with support from South East Dance, Nightingale Theatre and Surrey Arts Dance

Dad Dancing

Dad Dancing is an exciting new project by Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley, Helena Webb and their Dads; Adrian, David and Andy.

Currently in its Research and Development phase, Dad Dancing will work with all 6 performers over 2 months to produce 2 scratch performances informed by research activities with the public. The team will be resident at Nightingale Theatre in Brighton in November and South East Dance Studios in December.

Come and See Us

We are holding studio sharings of our work in progress in November and December. Please email us on if you are interested in coming:

  •  4pm, 18th November 2012 @ The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton
  •  4pm, 6th December 2012 @ South East Dance Stuiods, Hextable

Get Involved!

As part of our research process, we are offering workshops and fun activities for dad’s and their children. Please check the website for times and dates of all of these activities

What a Summer!

15 September 2012

Summer 2012 has been a Summer to remember and it will stay long in the memory of the Second Hand Dance teams!
We've had a fantastic time surprising and delighting audiences in libraries, theatres (including the Royal Albert Hall!), outdoors and other cultural venues performing in over 30 venues. Check out what we've been up to by clicking the projects below:

Stepping in Gold
Humpty Dumpty
Paper Solo
Eugene Onegin

A trip up to Yorkshire!

08 July 2012

Director of SHD, Rosie is taking a trip up to Yorkshire this week to finish the choreography for Eugene Onegin that will be performed as part of the Ryedale Festival. Lots of tea and long walks in the hills to be had!