Organisation: Magpie Dance
Welcoming: Learning Disability
Magpie Dance's Adult Group comprises 15 learning disabled dancers, some of whom have been with the Group since it started, others who have progressed through the Youth Group and adult community classes. The Group focusses on performance and choreographic techniques, working with in-house and guest artists, teachers and choreographers. Dancers are also involved in outreach and education residencies. Six members have created their own choreographic work through the ground-breaking Mentoring Programme, which sees disabled choreographers mentored to create work for non-disabled dancers.
Founded in 1986 by Artistic Director, Avril Hitman, Magpie Dance is a contemporary dance company for learning disabled people. Magpie's work is currently delivered in community, healthcare, dance, and education settings. Magpie's mission is to unlock individual potential and ability; to be at the forefront of dance for learning disabled people. Magpie Dance runs regular community dance workshops and classes for learning disabled young people and adults as well as an Adult Group for more experienced dancers, a Mentoring Programme to nurture learning disabled choreographers and a training programme for dance practitioners and teachers. A new Gifted and Talented company class for talented learning disabled dancers will be launched shortly to enable progression to professional level training. Collaborating with artists, Magpie have given performances at venues including the South Bank Centre, Lilian Baylis and The Peacock Theatre (Sadler
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