Training and workshops

Magpie Dance offers inclusive dance training, workshops and Continued Professional Development (CPD) to students, volunteers and professionals at any stage of their career.

Whether you work in the arts, community, disability, education, healthcare sectors or beyond, our methodology is unique and we know you'll find it both insightful and inspiring.  Above all, we're about inclusivity and empowerment.  We'll give you the skills, confidence and resources to ensure your delivery is inclusive and engages and empowers the individuals you work with.

You may be:

An individual

For example: a student or professional looking to increase personal skills and knowledge, continued professional development, or considering the IDPT programme.

A school or organisation for people with learning disabilities, Dementia or complex needs
For example: SEN schools, day centres and residential homes looking to offer new activities for clients/users/pupils, OR looking to develop skills with colleagues. Suitable for those working with people with learning disabilities, who may also have additional needs such dementia, mental health needs, physical disabilities and/or challenging behaviours.
A University or college looking for placements and workshop opportunities for your students
For example: We offer placement opportunities, theoretical/practical workshops for students, or sessions and workshops at universities.
A business or workforce
Whether seeking to improve communication skills (we have delivered training with the Metropolitan Police and The Churchill Theatre), develop accessible resources for your audience (previous clients are Royal Opera House and The Place) or make your current work more inclusive (we have delivered training with Boy Blue and Babyballet). We'd love to discuss how we can help your company develop.

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A flavour of what we deliver

With our unique methodology our training and workshops deliver significant progression that can be observed by staff:

50% of participants showed significant and 50% showed some progression in confidence

50% of participants showed significant and 50% showed some progression in co-operation

50% of participants showed significant and 37.5% showed some progression in communication

Our long-lasting partnerships can be seen with the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, where we deliver inclusive dance sessions at Atlas House and Tall Trees. The participants include people with a range of complex learning disabilities, some clients on the autism spectrum, challenging behaviour, plus older clients with dementia.


Bespoke training or workshops

Drawing on over thirty years of experience, all our training offers are tailored to meet your needs. You can be assured of high quality, professional training and CPD opportunities with Magpie Dance.

We're happy to discuss bespoke packages to fulfil your requirements.

Affiliate of the Council for Dance and Musical Theatre (CDMT).

Magpie Dance is an affiliate member of CDMT who "ensures the provision of high quality professional training through Accreditation of full-time dance, drama and musical theatre schools and colleges, and has provided the industry benchmark of quality assurance for professional training in the UK since 1979" source: CDMT.


We love nothing better than working with dance professionals and dance organisations across the world. You can see our collaborations and artistic themes in action. If outreach isn’t quite what you’re after and you’d like to work with us and our participants instead, we very much welcome your contact. Please email Alison Ferrao, our Artistic Director.


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