A small charity in South East London have recently announced a new free 8 eight-weeks online dance programme aimed specifically at people with learning disabilities. Until Saturday 4th July, anyone with access to the internet will be able to safely engage with ‘Virtually Magpie’ offering 3 dance sessions / day including classes and performance recordings from the charity’s 35 years’ archive.
Magpie Dance is a small charity usually providing dance classes and training for over 350 people with learning disabilities (of all ages for children aged 3 up to adults) in South East London and the surrounding areas. In the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic, Magpie Dance adapted its programme to go online. They created over 150 different videos especially for their current participants whilst embracing the opportunity to offer this content to a much wider range of people.
There are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Magpie Dance’s new online programme hopes to reach out and benefit as many people as possible – to be able to stay fit and keep well during this pandemic.
Artistic Director and project lead Alison Ferrao says: “This pandemic poses many issues but letting our participants down was simply not an option. They rely on our weekly classes for physical activity and social interactions and though this programme can’t replace the joy of dancing together, it will bring positive, exciting dance experiences in this new reality. We are delighted to share this beyond our own participants and hope many more people with and without learning disabilities will take part and celebrate dance with us around the world.”
Participants can access this free programme through the charity’s website www.magpiedance.org.uk or YouTube channel until Saturday 4th July daily: Technique at 10am (learn a new dance style), Midday Movers (creative dance classes) and Film at 4pm (watch archive performances and see behind the scenes of the company’s projects).
More information and for how to support www.magpiedance.org.uk