Biographies

Rosie Heafford

Rosie Heafford is a choreographer and director of Second Hand Dance which produces participatory dance activity in a range of spaces including theatres, libraries and outdoor spaces. Since graduating from Trinity Laban in 2009 and Goldsmiths in 2010, she has crafted interactive dance-experiences that inspire and intrigue audiences in libraries, galleries, shops, outdoors and theatre venues. Stemming from an interest in participation within a performance, she works across 3 interweaving strands of choreography including; interdisciplinary development with artists, intergenerational dance performances and location-specific work.

In 2011, Rosie established her company Second Hand Dance through which she develops her key projects. Second Hand Dance brings to life imaginings and creates worlds where dads dance and libraries become performance arenas.  Recent projects include Dad Dancing, a performance with 3 dancers and their dads; Humpty Dumpty, a promenade performance for 3-7 year olds in libraries and parks and Paper Solo, a collaboration with visual artist Josie Davis and dancer Alex Hemsley.

Adrian Heafford 

Adrian is a geologist that has explored the arctic, been shipped-wrecked and can often be found on his hands and knees looking at the marble on the Heafford’s kitchen floor. With his packed lunch, socks, sandals and full beard, life is an exploration that is best done in your cycling shorts. Adrian’s dancing career has had many false-starts as he has never been able to get beyond plies: we’re hoping this intensive experience will help him leap and bound.

Alexandrina Hemsley 

Alexandrina graduated from Laban (First Class Honours) BA Dance Theatre and achieved her MA (Distinction) in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School. She has performed in work by Matteo Fargion, Struan Leslie, Frauke Requart, Xavier Le Roy, Mårten Spångberg Janine Harrington, Tino Sehgal and Eddie Peake among others. Alexandrina choreographed work for Hiru Dance’s The Public House, New Gallery, Peckham, a British Museum Late Night and Bellyflop FRINGE (Dance Umbrella). She has shown work at Cheslea Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Lillian Baylis Theatre, Cambridge Junction, The Yard, Rich Mix, The Nightingale Theatre, Dance Limerick, Royal College of Art and AutoItalia.

She has acted as a dance mentor and is also a dance-writer having co-founded performance blog The Shrinking Violets and is an editor of BELLYFLOP Magazine. She has also written for  Art Selector and Southbank Centre’s Dance and Performance minisite.  Alexandrina was a danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz dance festival, Vienna during the summer 2012. Alongside Dad Dancing, she is also collaborating on Project O with Jamila Johnson-Small which interrogates assumptions and definitions of the racial and gendered performing body. In 2013, the duo published a book called A Contemporary Srruggle in partnership with The Live Art Development Agency.

David Hemsley 

David  is frequently puzzled by contemporary dance and because of his marketing background, has endless ideas and advice about how to make the ever-misunderstood art form more appealing. He has expressed concern that at 73 years old, he may “fall asleep” during the piece but Alexandrina has seen him bust a move on various family function disco floors and knows he’ll soar through!

Helena Webb

Alongside working with Tino Sehgal, Helena has performed in Public House 2012 and with H2 Dance on their production Say Something. Past projects have included performing with world class choreographers Rosemary Butcher, Yvonne Rainer and Xavier Le Roy bringing her generous and open approach to a diverse group of performance makers. Helena has also been integral to the casting and stage management of YouMeBumBumTrain since 2010; co-ordinating with and organising vast quantities of volunteer performers on this award-winning immersive theatre show. Helena assisted Maria Ghoumrassi at Greenwich Dance with their “Dancing to the Music of Time” company for the over 60’s in 2010. Further teaching experience is currently being gleaned from working as choreographer and movement teacher for the RSPLB.

Choreographically Helena continues her collaborations with fellow movement artist Emelie Wångstedt, most recently creating Collection 1: smooth meat, pig memories, wardrobe which was shown at The Southbank Centre in January. Helena rejoices in quirky displays of wordplay and comic timing whilst continuing to make space for embodiment and poignancy. She aims to create dialogue between mover and watcher in order for every performance to be tailored to the audience present and those performing.

Andy Webb 

Andy is an accumulation of non-careers. Coded as a welder, with a music diploma, a pass in the Securities Institute’s Futures & Options exam and a work study engineering certificate – all adding up to virtually no understanding of contemporary dance. However, due to being yelled at frequently by Helena, he has a very strong understanding of what contemporary dance is NOT! IT’S NOT: Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap or any of that pseudo-Irish stuff with bodhráns.