Lucy Haighton is an independent dance artist, choreographer, performance maker, movement director and community dance practitioner based in Sheffield, UK.

Lucy’s practice is dance focused and her work spans live theatre performance, dance for film and site specific. Lucy makes solo and duet work through collaborations with other artists both in dance and other art forms including theatre, sound design, visual art and film. Her work is playful and charms audiences as well as gently posing questions and has an interest in storytelling.

Lucy is Artistic Director of Third Bite Dance, an over 50’s contemporary dance company in Sheffield making work that defies expectations of the ageing body. This company was developed from 50+ Contemporary Dance Sheffield which Lucy founded in 2019.

Lucy is an experienced workshop facilitator and works across numerous dance settings. Through making and delivering performances and community arts projects that are multifaceted, person-centered, intergenerational and inclusive, Lucy creates opportunities for bringing different people and communities together. Specialising in delivering creative movement sessions with older adults and adults living with dementia, Lucy has worked in care homes since 2016. In 2018 Lucy gained a PSI qualification (Postural Stability Instructor) and delivers on a national falls prevention dance programme, Dance To Health, which combines evidence based physiotherapy exercises with the creativity and energy of dance. 

Lucy currently works and has previously worked with organisations: Theatre Deli Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres, The Montgomery Theatre and Arts Centre, Access Space and Hype Dance (Sheffield), Yorkshire Dance (Leeds), CAST Theatre and DARTS (Doncaster), The Barnsley Civic (Barnsley), Deda and Derby Theatre (Derby), HOOT Arts (Huddersfield) and both Sheffield Universities.

As a performer and facilitator, Lucy has collaborated with numerous companies and independent artists including Spiltmilk Dance, Hubbub Theatre Company, Hype Dance Company, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Forest Sounds Theatre, The Dance Network Sheffield, Grimm & Co, Sonia Sabri (Manasamitra), Dora Frankel, Gary Clarke, Lisa May Thomas, Gerry Turvey and Allie Carr and has performed across the country in national tours and at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Photography by James Mulkeen