Magpie Dance is now recruiting for High Fliers

Posted on: July 29, 2014

Magpie Dance invites you to apply for our High Fliers audition.

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.

High Fliers responds to the need identified by the recent viability study (commissioned by Magpie Dance with support from Esmée Fairbairn), which discovered the significant gap in opportunity for people with learning disabilities to progress into dance as a career choice.

Seed investment for an initial two years from Esmée Fairnbairn Foundation enables Magpie Dance to start and run this ambitious new programme. 

High Fliers is now recruiting dancers in and around London to provide an opportunity for dancers with learning disabilities, which doesn’t currently exist. Dancers with learning disabilities, both youth and adult, will have the opportunity to try out for this pioneering professional training and performance company.

Dancer Specification

Characteristics we will be looking for in the audition:

  • Potential to develop skills to a professional level
  • Willingness and openness to learn
  • Passion for dance and an ambition for a career in dance
  • Commitment and stamina-potential for 6 hours+ of weekly dance sessions
  • Ability to commit 100% to attendance and punctuality
  • Motivation and ability to meet the diverse demands of ballet and contemporary dance technique
  • Performing skills and stage presence


Recruitment Dates

Audition Date 1: Tuesday, 5 August @ LIFT (Dance Studio), 10.30-12.30pm

76 High Street, Beckenham, BR3 1ED

Audition Date 2: Thursday, 28 August @ Siobhan Davies Dance (Roof Studio), 4.30-6.30pm

85 St. Geroge’s Road, SE1 6ER

Re-call Date by Invite: Saturday, 13 September @ The Place (Studio 5), 1.30-3.30pm

17 Duke’s Road, London, WC1H 9PY


Term Sessions

Start date: Friday 26th September [tbc]

Date/Time: Fridays 10.30-4.30pm. Venue [tbc]


If you are excited about this opportunity, please register your interest with Elaine Foley, Magpie Dance Operations Co-ordinator: – 020 8290 6633.

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you at our auditions.