Joy Heafford has been a teacher for nearly 40 years. Rosie Heafford is a dancer and choreographer and has never wanted to be teacher. However, she often finds herself in the position of a facilitator; working with other people to develop stories and dances, build relationships and learn together.

Together, Joy and Rosie (mother and daughter), are now embarking on a project to work out what ‘teaching’ is, who does it, and the effect it has on our society. With the aim of championing local and global teachers, this duet is developed from personal anecdotes and exploring the lines between performance and teaching.

Choreographed and Performed by: Rosie Heafford & Joy Heafford

Research supported by The Place, Battersea Arts Centre, Stratford Circus, Quaterhouse, South East Dance, Royal Holloway and Surrey Dance Collective. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

We are looking at ways of continuing research with groups of teachers, so please get in touch if interested!

Email rosie@secondhanddance.co.uk



  1. Photo by Emma Brown
  2. Photo by Emma Brown
  3. Photo by Emma Brown
Photo by Emma Brown