About Dad Dancing
Meet three eccentric dads, each with a daughter freelancing as a dancer. ‘Any of your jobs paid?’ come the worried mutterings of Adrian Heafford, Andy Webb and David Hemsley.
Dad Dancing is a touching and humorous look at father-children relationships where individuality is championed and understandings across generation gaps are sought.
The idea for the project came about when Alexandrina, Helena and Rosie were studying dance. Their dads - David, Andy and Adrian - would come and dutifully support their daughters by sitting in the audience, but were befuddled by contemporary dance and ultimately, their daughters career choices.
As a way to bring their dads into their realm, Alexandrina, Helena and Rosie nudged their dads into a dance studio with the promise of good music and great lunch. We wanted to explore their unique ways of moving and also spend more time as adults with them.
The first phase of the Dad Dancing project was 2 months of research and development including 2 weeks studio development time at Nightingale Theatre and Hextable Studios (South East Dance) alongside scratch performances and research activities/workshops with the wider community.
Spring 2013 saw a scratch performance at GLive and residencies at Battersea Arts Centre who went on to become co-producers for the project, and the show was premiered at Battersea Arts Centre with a sell-out 3 week run in 2014. Since then we have continued to develop the project through creative residencies and lots of community outreach activities. Please see our Calendar and Perform with us pages for ways to get involved.
The whole Dad Dancing project has the core values of care, inclusivity and supporting everybody to dance their own dance with joy and bravery.
Find out more about the creative team and their dads here: Biographies
Find out more about how you can get involved here: Perform with us!
Come and watch a show here: Calendar
Choreographers & Performers: Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Hemsley & Helena Webb
Collaborators & Performers: Adrian Heafford, David Hemsley & Andy Webb
Lighting Design: Dan Saggars
Stage & Letter Installation Design: Becky-Dee Trevenan
Producer (for Battersea Arts Centre): Rosie Scudder