Digital Engagement And Disability; Reaching Further

Second Hand Dance / Rosie Heafford

Rosie Heafford is a disabled choreographer and Artistic Director of Second Hand Dance. Established in 2013, Second Hand Dance have toured the globe – from the UK to Europe, China, Canada, and the USA. They create beautiful, sensory live dance experiences with a rich visual and participatory aesthetic such as “We Touch We Play We Dance”, a celebratory dance performance for ages zero to three that’s currently touring and “Grass”, a show for ages two to seven that has performed over 20 times to nearly 15,000 audience members since 2015. Since 2020, Second Hand Dance has developed digital dance films for young audiences with access at their heart, experimenting with creating access tools such as audio description for children by children. Collaboration with audiences is vital in the creation and performance of Heafford’s work. With every project she makes, she engages with children and adults throughout the research. Dancing together, talking together, observing together, and allowing this to inform her creative decisions. Second Hand Dance believe that audiences of all ages, including babies, deserve a world where dance, empathy and play are central to our lives and as vital and fluent as language.

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  • Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom, Europe
  • Programme Type: On Ground Festival
  • Duration (minutes): 45
  • Ages: 16+ (Professional Content)
  • Release Date: May 19, 2022
  • Language: English
  • Tags: collaboration, dance, digital, disability, film

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Rosie HEAFFORD, Artistic Director, Second Hand Dance


Rosie HEAFFORD is a disabled choreographer and Artistic Director of Second Hand Dance. She is a performance maker and choreographer, graduating with a BA (Hons) from Laban in 2009 and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010. Alongside her work with Second Hand Dance she facilitates, teaches, mentors, choreographs, and performs on a range of projects in collaboration with artists and communities. She is interested in the celebratory aspect of performance. Something that is full of joy. Where dance is reclaimed from awkwardness into a gift; an exchange between viewer and performer. A shared experience of movement.