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Participation, Performance, Training

Unlocking individual potential, at the forefront of dance for learning disabled people.

Bookings open for Autumn 2014 term: Term Dates for the Youth Group, Adult Group, and Open Adult Community classes.



  • Performances across the region from Sadlers Wells to the Churchill Theatre.


Founded in 1986 by Artistic Director, Avril Hitman, Magpie Dance is a contemporary dance company for learning disabled people.

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Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Voluntary role, expenses only 

Magpie is seeking a skilled individual to guide and advise the Board of Trustees on the approval of the budgets, accounts and financial statements, within a relevant financial framework and having regard to current legislation. lead on this ambitious new professional artistic programme.

Please request an application pack from Magpie's General Manager, Laura Graham, 020 8290 6633 or email lauragraham@magpiedance.org.uk

Application deadline: 12 noon,
Monday 8th September 2014


Magpie will be holding FREE hourly sessions every day from Tues 26th - Fri 29th August at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley for young learning disabled people aged 11-15yrs.

These sessions will be from 10.15am - 11.15am each morning and are an excellent taster / introduction into Magpie's Youth Group - you can come to just one, or to all four, and they are completely free!

The sessions are creative/contemporary dance with live music, and are great fun - plus no previous dance experience is needed.

Booking is essential.  For further details or to book please contact the Magpie Office on 020 8290 6633 or email admin@magpiedance.org.uk


Magpie's High Fliers is now Recruiting!

High Fliers is a brand new professional training and performance company for gifted and talented dancers with learning disabilities.

Dancers will benefit from a free professional training day each week during term time, including ballet and contemporary dance technique, Pilates, fitness training, creative practice and performance skills - all led by industry professionals, including Jemima Hoadley, High Fliers' new Associate Director.

Performance opportunities throughout the year will be paid, in line with equity rates, making High Fliers a unique professional company for dancers with learning disabilities. Contracts will be issued for one year and will be subject to renewal.

For more details about audition dates, click to our news page.

NEW Magpie Youth Juniors

Our Youth Group is now open from the age of 11 for the first time. Contact us to book a session.

Performance highlights

Watch The Ed Effect, our collaboration with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures for Big Dance.

Watch our Sky's Got To Dance audition

Magpie Dance Patron: Richard Wilson OBE. Youth Group Patron: Kellie Shirley.

Magpie Dance is a Charity (1062185) and a Limited Company (3292609); registered in England and Wales.