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Artist in Residence and Placement

Associate Artist

Surrey Arts Dance is delighted to be able to offer one artist each year the position of Associate Artist. As a resident artist the dancer or choreographer benefits from the experience of the whole Surrey Arts Team as well as opportunities to develop cross art form projects. We are able to offer rehearsal space and a small amount of commissioning money as well as opportunities to develop a range of projects and performances. Currently linked to this role is the opportunity to work one day a week in a paid role of project manager supporting Surrey Arts Dance projects.

Rosie Heafford

Rosie Heafford is a choreographer and project manager working in London and the South East specialising in creating highly original dance-work to be seen at close range in non-theatre 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 three dancers and their dads; Humpty Dumpty, a promenade performance for 4-7 year olds in libraries and parks and Paper Solo, a collaboration with visual artist Josie Davis and dancer Alex Hemsley. Please go to her website for more information about any of these projects.


Surrey Arts Dance is able to offer one placement with expenses paid every six months. The placement is for a minimum of one day a week and maximum of two days per week. The role includes the opportunity to take part in weekly professional class and Surrey Dance Collective CPD and training opportunities. As well as support the Dance Development Officer in strategic and project planning and management. If you are interested in either of these roles please contact or phone 01483 5192.