Rosie Heafford is a professional contemporary dancer & choreographer and a graduate Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, London. She has worked with nationally and internationally renowned contemporary dance companies including Punchdrunk, Lea Anderson and Rosemary Lee.
Rosie currently teaches contemporary dance for The Dance Movement and works with Surrey Arts. As a teacher Rosie’s mission is to share her love of dance with others by getting us all moving in whatever way we can and to do this, she has set up Second Hand Dance.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?Working with others and seeing things spring to life in 3D
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I have many! Including Punchdrunk, Pina Bausch, Rosemary Lee, Jonathon Burrows. I take inspiration for different aspects of my work from different people.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Well, I'm still at the beginning of my career so that's a little difficult. However, I am learning that you need a really good support network of friends and family as a creative career is tough and unpredictable. It's always good to have a chat with someone going through the same thing at those low moments. But equally unexpected things can become great opportunities!
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Go to sleep! I often find I'm most creative just before going to sleep when everything is running through my head. Just make sure you have a pen and paper handy.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
A tough one - as a dancer I spend a lot of my life in bare feet - so maybe I wouldn't be a shoe! However, I would probably be high-heeled and dark red.