for exceptional dancers with learning disabilities
Be part of an exciting new training company based in London for gifted and talented dancers with learning disabilities to follow their passion, develop their skills and pursue a career in dance.
Learn new skills; be part of a professional choreographic process and go on a performance tour as a company. Applicants must have dance experience and a desire to take their love of dance beyond a hobby and towards a goal of pursuing a career in dance.
The next Highfliers auditions will be in announced in 2018.
If you are interested in registering, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Highfliers?
Following on from the success of the Highfliers training programme 2014-2015 for dancers with learning disabilities, Magpie Dance’s Associate Director Jemima Hoadley has remodelled the programme for 2015-2016 to capture the excitement and vigour of a dance training company. The year long training company is fully funded, so that dancers can attend free of charge, accessing funding worth £8,500 per person for the year.
To provide a stimulating, challenging and specialised training environment in which dancers with learning disabilities can learn, contribute and thrive; developing their individual potential and achievement.
Highfliers values diversity within dance, the individuality of each dancer, curiosity, commitment, courage to try new things, embodied learning, expression, passion and energy for dance.
Through high quality training and performance opportunities, Highfliers takes gifted and talented dancers with learning disabilities to a new level of dance skills, enabling dancers to further access training and employment in the dance sector.
What do Highfliers do?
TERM ONE: Successful Highfliers dancers will attend a full day of intensive training each week for ten weeks in a professional dance studio in Central London. Dancers will be taught contemporary dance technique, contact improvisation, dancer well being, improvisation, movement analysis and performance technique. Guest teachers will deliver workshop seminars in dancer health.
TERM TWO: Dancers will continue training every week, plus work with a renowned UK choreographer to create a dance work to take on tour. Guest teachers will deliver workshops to support the choreographic process.
TERM THREE: Highfliers will continue technical training and rehearsals and will perform the new choreography in different venues. The performance tour will include dance colleges venues both in and outside London, creating links to other training providers and companies. The progress of each dancer will be monitored over the year by the course leader and each term by an external assessor. Each dancer will receive individualised feedback and support.
What do I need to bring with me to an audition?
Dancers should wear either leggings or jogging bottoms and a vest or t-shirt. Dancers should also bring a sweatshirt (jumper) and come prepared to work bare feet. Bring healthy snacks such as fruit and plenty of water.
How will I know if I have been successful in gaining a place in Highfliers?
After the first audition dancers will be told whether they are invited back to attend a final audition, after which they will be told if they have been successful in gaining a place in the Highfliers Training Company.
Highfliers is committed to a fair and inclusive audition process and endeavours to provide the opportunity for applicants to show their potential. Dancers will be contacted by email or phone no later than 2 weeks after their audition for Highfliers Training Company.
Highfliers is a Magpie Dance initiative delivered by Director Jemima Hoadley