35 for 35

35 years… already?!

Magpie Dance has come a long way in 35 years. Starting out as one weekly class for adults with learning disabilities, we are now leaders in the field of inclusive dance, working with hundreds of people aged 3 years upwards every year.

We are ambitious to do even more, and bring the joy of Magpie Dance to more audiences, dancers and communities over the next 35 years.

In our anniversary year, join our #35for35 campaign and help us raise our target of £35,000. Now, more than ever, we need your support. In a year of lockdowns and restrictions, many of our planned activities were cancelled or changed. We’ve even moved our sessions online! You can help secure our future both in person and online by joining in and fundraising for us.

Have fun when fundraising – do it your way and spread the word about Magpie Dance

From donating £3.50 per month, to holding a 35 hour danceathon, there are limitless ways to support Magpie Dance this year. Lockdown presents a great opportunity for sponsored silences, box set marathons or danceathons. Sponsorship can be collected online or by traditional form. It’s up to you.

You may also find our Sponsorship Form useful.

If you need help or guidance to comply with latest Government guidelines you can email us admin@magpiedance.org.uk.


Fundraising Stories

Here are the fantastic fundraising efforts in celebration of our 35th Anniversary so far:

Joseph Dominguez

Meet our Executive Director’s nephew; 9 year old Joseph.  He set himself the tough challenge of not having any sweets for 35 days over Christmas (24 Nov – 28 Dec) – he said “I really missed my sweets, and I found it extremely hard over Christmas when I couldn’t eat any of my sweetie presents.  I am really proud of myself that I stuck with it, and have raised £350 which is a lot of money, for Magpie Dance.  I can’t wait to show my certificate to my teacher when we are able to return to school”.

Joseph Dominguez before and after his fundraising challenge!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to Joseph who raised an amazing £350!  His efforts will go directly into the work we deliver benefiting hundreds of people with learning disabilities each year.

Matthew Graham 

Our Executive Director’s son, Matthew, aged 9, undertook his own challenge of reading 35 books in January. Matthew raised an incredible £545 for Magpie Dance through this impressive challenge! He said, “I love reading books, so the challenge was one that I knew that I’d enjoy doing.  I can’t believe I managed to read 35 books in one month, and I am so pleased that I was able to raise SO much money – I love watching the Magpie dancers and it’s great that I could do something to help my mummy’s work.” 

A huge congratulations and thank you to Matthew for completing his challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money for Magpie Dance!  

Rachel Stoyle 

Our Marketing Consultant, Rachel, ran 2 miles every day from December 1st to December 24th to raise money for Magpie Dance. Rachel didn’t let the weather, or her busy schedule get in the way of her challenge and ran everyday no matter what! Her determination and commitment helped her raise an amazing £212.50! 

Rachel didn’t let the rain stop her form completing her challenge!

Thank you so much Rachel and a huge congratulations for your achievement, the money raised will go towards supporting our dancers to continue having online classes throughout lockdown. 

Caroline Landes

Magpie Dance Trustee, Caroline, and her friend Karen, took on the mighty challenge of walking 35km in 3.5 days. Their joint effort allowed them to raise £1168.75 for Magpie Dance.  

Caroline and Karen on one of their almighty walks!

Thank you so much Caroline and Karen, the money raised will be vital in continuing to enable people with learning disabilities to reach their full personal, social and artist potential through dance!  

James Ball 

One of our dancers, James, took on the immense challenge of a sponsored silence for 2 hours a day over 18 days!  James has been dancing with Magpie Dance for many years and is currently in the Adult Choreographers group. James raised an amazing amount for Magpie Dance.  

James making sure he stays silent!

Congratulations and a massive thank you to James for taking on such a big challenge – the money raised will help his own group continue to deliver its programme of work, and we hope that James will spur on other dancers to do their own fun challenges too. 

Rachel Baggarley  

One of our facilitators, Rachel, who has been working with Magpie Dance since 2016 took on a ‘flipping’ big challenge to raise money for 35 for 35. Rachel managed to flip a pancake 35 times on Shrove Tuesday for Magpie Dance. This impressive task allowed Rachel to raise £443.75!  


Donate today

#whoknewwecoulddance At Magpie Dance everyone who takes part is empowered for life. To keep going we need your help. Donate to our #whoknewwecoulddance appeal today.