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Second Hand Dance is Seeking Dancers for a New Production

Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages.

We are currently seeking dancers for a new production, Getting Dressed, for children and families that delves into the movement and humour of clothes. How you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity and your gender.

We are looking for 3 performers who are confident in contemporary technique, devising, collaborating and have a desire to work on a family dance production. We are particularly interested in performers who are confident in partner-work and lifting or with parkour/acro- experience.

Getting dressed by yourself is a huge milestone as a child; developing independence and the identity we choose to present to the wider world. The work will aim to subtly challenge the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences children encounter when starting school. We aim to be inclusive in our casting and are actively seeking applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and body types.

Audition workshops will take place on 19, 20 & 22 September in London.

Supported by Pavilion Dance South West, South East Dance, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Southbank Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Rosie Heafford – Second Hand dance is a Pavilion Dance South West Playtime artist and South East Dance Company in Resdince. Produced by Claire Summerfield at


Audition workshops will be run by Second Hand Dance Artistic Director Rosie Heafford and internationally renowned choreographer Erik Kaiel from Arch8. We expect all audtionees to be available for the full 3 day workshop process.

Monday 19 September – Open Audition with morning class, improvisatory tasks and physical workshop. At the end of the day, selections will be made for re-calls on 20 & 22 Sept.

Tuesday 20 September & Thursday 22 September – re-calls for selected applicants.

A small stipend will be able for those re-called towards travel costs.

We are looking for male and female performers with the following qualities:

Excellent devising skills, willing to work collaboratively and quick to generate movement; an eye for detail and refining movement
Confident with partner-work and lifts and excited about developing physically demanding movement as a group
Interested in performing for and interacting with children and family audiences
Willingness to explore working with clothes and discuss how we can translate themes of gender and identity to young audiences.


Creation Period: December 2016 – February 2017.

Touring: February – March 2017


£450 per week

The Creation and tour period is subject to confirmation of funding, anticipated for October 2016.

Please send a CV, performance footage and a covering letter (or video application if you are less comfortable writing) explaining why you would like to work with us to [email protected] by 11th September 2016.

Successful applicants will be notified by 14th September 2016. Please let us know in your application if you have any access requirements.


Second Hand Dance collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make thought-provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. The work is often socially-engaged and presented in a range of spaces, from theatres to gardens, creating unique experiences for audiences. Previous projects include Dad Dancing co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre and Grass in association with the Unicorn Theatre. In 2016 Artistic Director Rosie Heafford received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards.

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