Produced by Second Hand Dance

From Surrey, England

About the Company

Ever put your coat on the wrong way? Couldn’t find the leg-holes in your trousers? Or just had a day where you didn’t want to wear any of your clothes?


GETTING DRESSED dives into a dancing world of clothes and color, into the movement and humor of how you put clothes on, take them off, share them, use them to express yourself, and occasionally get stuck in them.


Dressing yourself is a huge milestone as a child; it shows independence, technical capability, maturity and the identity one chooses to present to the wider world. Choreographer Rosie Heafford’s work is a thought-provoking, joyful, and highly visual dance performance that subtly challenges the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences that children encounter from an early age. After the show, audiences are invited to “stay and play” with the company and costumes—to explore self-expression just a little bit differently.


Climb a mountain of clothes, plunge into piles of pants or swing in swathes of skirts. Whether they’re big or small, scratchy or soft, ordinary or extraordinary – one thing is for sure – clothes and getting dressed will never be the same again.

Jury selected for a full performance showcase at IPAY 2019!

Best for: Grades PreK -3rd (Ages 4-8 years)

Audience Size: Small & Medium Venues


Interview-Rosie Heafford, Artistic Director & Choreographer

Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording of GETTING DRESSED



Company Background

Established in 2013, Second Hand Dance make highly visual dance performances in collaboration with dancers, visual artists and the public. The company produces and performs joyful, inspirational and engaging shows for both children and adults alike, all of which are centred on the audience experience. Our creative purpose is to develop high-quality work that is socially engaged, subtly participatory and innovative, allowing us to adapt our performance formats for presentations in theatres, galleries, libraries and outdoor spaces.


Artistic Director, Rosie Heafford, is a performance maker and choreographer, who graduated from Trinity Laban, London. She is interested in the celebratory aspect of performance. In 2016, Rosie was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award for Children’s Theatre. Second Hand Dance is a Dream Artist with Pavillion Dance South West and tours extensively throughout Europe and internationally.


GETTING DRESSED premiered in 2017, where it performed 25 times in 14 venues across the UK. Since its premiere, it has been presented at the Belfast International Children’s Festival, Think Big! Festival (Munich) and a 4 week tour of Sweden with Salto! It was jury-selected as an IPAY Official Showcase and performed at IPAY 2019 in Philadelphia.


Previous projects include “Grass”, originally produced in association with the Unicorn Theatre, which has toured to 45 venues and done 118 performances to 6,263 audience members including the Lincoln Center in spring 2018; “Dad Dancing” a collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb (and their fathers) co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre; and choreography for “16 Singers”, a show for babies under 18 months and their adults.


For more information, please visit the company’s website.


Artistic Team

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford
Set and Costume Design: Verity Quinn

Costume Maker: Cristiano Casimiro
Composer: James Marples & Amir Shoenfeld
Lighting Design: Ben Pacey
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Executive Producer: Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works
Production Manager: TBA
Stage Manager: TBA

Performers: Keir Patrick, Ellen Slatkin, Darragh Butterworth


Commissioned by Gulbenkian University of Kent

Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Pavilion Dance South West.

Made in association with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, DanceEast, Southbank Centre, South East Dance and The Point and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Second Hand Dance is a Playtime Artist with Pavilion Dance South West and Company in Residence at South East Dance


Critical Acclaim

"Anyone who had a dressing up box as a child will know the feeling of pleasure to be gained from putting on ridiculously oversized clothes and just mucking about. It's that feeling of joyous playfulness that is at the heart of Second Hand Dance's family show. There is a pleasing sense of freedom from gender stereotype here, the adult dancers picking whatever items give them the biggest sense of fun. Tweed skirts on men, boxer shorts on women – it is the childish glee that matters here."

—The Reviews Hub

"Getting Dressed, has taken the everyday, functional activity that we take for granted and turned it into forty minutes of joyous movement, exploration and daftness. The kids' attentions were grabbed immediately."

—Left Lion

"Second Hand Dance put the creativity back into getting dressed, joyfully celebrating this milestone for their young audience, while nudging their minds further open to the endless possibilities that clothes and dressing present."

—MumsNet- Nottingham

"A wonderfully warm and engaging performance, which both adults and children can connect with."

—Ipswich Town & Waterfront

"The show is about us all being as creative as we can with the clothes we wear, finding what we like and feel comfortable in regardless of what is stereotypically correct, trying to get dressed differently and in a fun way. We both loved it and Polly is still talking about how much fun it was so if you do get a chance to go and see it please do!!"

—Mummy plus three

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Gallery of Past Productions

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Dance and Movement, Color, Texture, Patterns, Variation

  • Science: Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Child Development, Light Refraction (science of sparkles)

  • Emotional/Social Development: Creativity, Identity, Self-Awareness, Self-Expression, Social Awareness


Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 4 hours (with pre-rig)

  • Crew Needs: 2 venue crew for load in/load out

  • Min. Stage Size: 26 ft width x 20 ft depth x 15 ft height. 

  • Load Out Time: 1 hour

  • Audience Seating should be End On configuration

  • Performance Length: 40 minutes plus 15 minute “stay and play”


Outreach and Workshops

Rosie Heafford and the Second Hand Dance team are experience workshop facilitators for all ages.

The company can offer the following workshops around the show:

  • Pre and post show foyer activity creatively dressing mannequins. (Mannequins to be provided by venue and left in foyer. Supervision by front of house staff. No time limit.)

  • Dressing-up and dance workshops (up to 45 minutes) for families or school groups

  • Choreography master-class/Continued Professional Development workshops for artists interested in making work for young audiences (length of workshop can range from half day to 3 full days.)

“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances

This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

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