January 2015 – Magpie released 30 balloons to launch the 30th year outside The Churchill Theatre on 4th January with pantomime stars Marc Baylis and Sonia. Read our review and the news shopper article here. In addition, Magpie performed ‘Flying High’ at Sadler’s Wells as part of the =dance festival on 16th January. Read the reviews here.
March 2015 – Magpie performed ‘Flying High’ at The Gulbenkian on 24th March, and on the same day, presented Youth Group work at Co-Motion, Trinity Laban. Read our review here.
May 2015 – Magpie performed ‘Speakeasy’ at The Southbank Centre’s ‘Mind the Gap’ platform on 2nd May. Watch the video here.
June 2015 – Magpie Dance participated in a Guest Lecture series at the Royal Academy of Dance. Dr. Anne Hogan spoke with Magpie’s Founder, Artistic and Executive Director, Avril Hitman, and Associate Director of the Highfliers Company, Jemima Hoadley. A Highfliers dancer (Jamie Gregory) also attended this event to share thoughts about his experiences in the company. Watch a short video clip of Jamie here.
July 2015 – Three local businesses; Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery, Metro Bank and CWJ (Clarkson Wright and Jakes Ltd) organised and sponsored a fundraising dinner on Thursday 9th July at The Warren in Hayes (BR2 7AL), to raise money solely for Magpie Dance. The evening was a huge success! Read about it here.
August 2015 – Following a radio interview on Croydon Radio with presenter, Glenn Lawrence, Magpie joined local businesses on the High Street for Penge Day. Dancers joined Magpie facilitator, Melissa Spiccia to deliver a workshop for attendees. See photos here.
September 2015 – Magpie Dance presented an abridged version of our ‘Made by Many’ dance choreography and led 2 dance workshops at the New Moves event held in the Gulbenkian theatre, University of Kent on 17th September. To see photos from the event, click here.
October 2015 – Eight Magpie dancers performed creative choreography during a live reading of Moby-Dick as part of the London Literature Festival at Southbank Centre. To read about the Moby-Dick Unabridged event, click here. Also in the month, two Magpie dancers interviewed on Our Radio followed by a live dance performance at the Mencap National Centre.
Bromley Business Awards, October 2015 – Magpie proudly accepted 4 awards at the annual Bromley Business Awards in Hayes. It was a fantastic achievement for the whole Magpie team and organisation at large. Avril joined the Mayor of Bromley on stage as Magpie was awarded with the following: Commended in the ‘Best Small Business’ category, Highly Commended in the “Commitment to the Community’ category; WINNER of the ‘Rising Star – Made in Bromley’ award and WINNER of the ‘Overall Business of the Year 2015’ award. To see press from the event, click here.
November 2015 – Magpie dancers were invited to the BBC’s New Broadcasting House to dance ‘The Strictly’ live in the front row of The One Show. 31 Magpie dancers, family members, volunteers and facilitators joined the fun alongside the Strictly stars and other London Dance companies. To enjoy The Strictly video clip, click here.
Celebrating Three Decades, November 2015 – Magpie celebrated 30 years of inclusive dance with a performance that highlighted dance work from across the organisation. The evening included a photographic exhibition and other specialty workshops. Enjoy pictures and the full video of our performance by clicking through each link.
January 2016 – During the first weekend of January, Magpie closed the 30th year with the annual pantomime visit at the Churchill Theatre. Dancers enjoyed a special guest visit during the post-show afternoon tea by Aladdin’s very own panto stars. To enjoy a fun photo from the afternoon, click here.
During our 30th year, Magpie ran several social media initiatives:
#MemoryMonday – A waltz through time, Magpie shared pictures from previous performances throughout our 30-year history.
#FriendFriday – Highlighted the multitude of generous supporters we call our Friends whom ensure Magpie’s continued success. Not only do our Friends give compassionately to provide our dancers with increased training and performance opportunities, but their impacts reach into the greater London community as well.
#SpotlightSaturday – Gave an exclusive look into the heart of Magpie Dance. We shared stories about the dancers and staff of Magpie as they explained what Magpie means to them.
Magpie photo competition spanned from February to the end of August 2015. Magpie dance participants were encouraged to wear their Magpie t-shirt (or make a homemade Magpie sign) and take a photo in a funky pose, in a funky location! Each photo entry was placed into a raffle. The chosen photo won 5 free sessions to the Autumn 2015 term — a £50 saving! To enjoy the photo entries, visit our photo competition page.