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Magpie Dance is a contemporary dance charity for people with learning disabilities. With an emphasis on ability rather than disability, M...
Magpie Dance is a contemporary dance charity for people with learning disabilities. With an emphasis on ability rather than disability, Magpie has carved out a national reputation for its exciting and inspiring approach to inclusive dance. Founded 30 years ago by the current Artistic Director Avril Hitman, Magpie unlocks individual potential and ability by giving participants space to make their own choices and take ownership of what they achieve. Based in Bromley, Magpie can deliver workshops to any region in the UK. Dancers and inclusive dance enthusiasts gain opportunities through high quality programmes in participation, performance and training.

We are celebrating out 30th Birthday this year and because of this we are archiving all of our shows and performances for you all to see and enjoy!
  • Magpie Dance welcome the Royal Opera House to ballet workshop - Duration: 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

    • 4 days ago
    • 119 views
    Thanks to a new partnership between the Royal Opera House and Magpie Dance, David Pickering and Liz Foster, Royal Ballet Dance Artists, led learning sessions with Magpie Adult Choreographers.

    Magp...
  • Hidden Impact Documentary - Duration: 8 minutes, 51 seconds.

    • 4 months ago
    • 648 views
    To commemorate the First World War armistice centenary, Magpie Dancers studied stories of people with learning disabilities in the First World War along with our research partner Prof. Lee Humber f...
  • Magpie Dance: Hidden Impact - Duration: 2 hours, 43 minutes.

    • Streamed 6 months ago
    • 875 views
  • Who knew... we could produce ideas - Duration: 81 seconds.

    • 7 months ago
    • 111 views
    Depressed, on medication to inspiring mentor? Yes!

    This giving campaign highlights the potential and successes of people with learning disabilities, demonstrating how everyone who takes part at Ma...
  • Who knew... we could be leaders - Duration: 63 seconds.

    • 8 months ago
    • 126 views
    #whoknewwecoulddance

    “It makes me feel free”. Free to lead and be herself Laura dances with us.

    This giving campaign highlights the potential and successes of people with learning disabilities, d...
  • Who knew... we could perform - Duration: 44 seconds.

    • 8 months ago
    • 98 views
    #whoknewwecoulddance

    Harry’s mum was at her wits end. Then Harry started to dance with us…

    This giving campaign highlights the potential and successes of people with learning disabilities, demons...
  • Who knew... we could make friends - Duration: 78 seconds.

    • 8 months ago
    • 166 views
    #whoknewwecoulddance

    Find out what happened when this shy girl with fragmented speech started to dance with us.

    This giving campaign highlights the potential and successes of people with learnin...
  • Who knew... we could dance - Duration: 112 seconds.

    • 8 months ago
    • 493 views
    #whoknewwecoulddance

    Challenge your expectations.

    This giving campaign highlights the potential and successes of people with learning disabilities, demonstrating how everyone who takes part at Ma...
  • Magpie Dance - The Nelken Line - Duration: 3 minutes, 11 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 417 views
    Dancers from the Magpie Junior and youth groups created a film of themselves dancing 'The Nelkin Line' as part of the Pina Bausch project DANCE! The NELKEN-LINE
  • Magpie Dance RE:Rosas - Duration: 4 minutes, 13 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 482 views
    Magpie Dance Adult Choreographers perform RE:Rosas by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as part of the The fABULEUS Rosas Remix Project in The Glades shopping centre, Bromley!

    Cinematography by Charlotte...
  • Magpie Dance Makaton Signs - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 393 views
    Magpie Dance participants, staff and volunteers show some of the Makaton signs used in Magpie Dance sessions
  • Avril Hitman BEM farewell performance - Sadler's Wells July 2017 - Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • No views
  • Magpie Dancing - Duration: 2 minutes, 8 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 573 views
    At Magpie Dance ...we love to dance and we have a lot of fun doing it.
  • To be human - Sadler's Wells July 2017 - Duration: 4 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 283 views
    Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of man’, this piece explores the different stages of life. Influenced by a collaboration with ’Complicit’ in 2016, the Magpie Adult Choreographers fuse dance, ...
  • Diversity Awards - Avril Hitman award Oct 17 - Duration: 87 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 80 views
  • Magpie Dance Drop-in Class at Greenwich Dance - Duration: 31 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 394 views
    Together with Greenwich Dance, we present a contemporary technique class open to adults aged 18+. Accompanied by live music, these fun and fantastic weekly sessions are a chance to strengthen conte...
  • Magpie Dance at a Glance - Duration: 34 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 318 views
    Magpie Dance is the UK's leading dance charity working with people with learning disabilities for over 30 years. Find out more in our video featuring a number of Magpie Dance participants!
  • Welcome to Magpie Dance! - Duration: 2 minutes, 17 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 894 views
    Magpie Dance is the UK's leading dance charity working with people with learning disabilities for over 30 years. Find out more in our video featuring a number of Magpie Dance participants!
  • Linked Dance - Duration: 52 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 392 views
  • There Were Definitely Swans - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 1 view
    Magpie Dance Company - Swan Lake
  • There Were Definitely Swans - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • No views
    Magpie Dance Company: Highfliers
  • Magpie Dance People's Project Application - Duration: 3 minutes, 1 second.

    • 1 year ago
    • 288 views
    This is our video film entry for the People's Project Song written and performed by J Hamilton "We're All Different"
  • Highfliers 'There Were Definitely Swans' choreographed by Ben Duke - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 2 years ago
    • 47 views
    Bursting with energy and appeal, Highfliers offers you the very best in inclusive contemporary dance, as they perform stunning new choreography by Ben Duke from Lost Dog Dance.

    In a bare rehears...
  • Magpie Dance Overview Video - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 1,889 views
    About us!
  • Highfliers Training Company - Duration: 2 minutes, 12 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 242 views
    Through high quality training and performance opportunities, Highfliers takes gifted and talented dancers with learning disabilities to a new level of dance skills, enabling dancers to further acce...
  • Magpie Dance at Oxleas. - Duration: 5 minutes, 30 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 347 views
    Magpie Dance works in partnership with the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, to deliver inclusive dance sessions at Atlas House and Tall Trees each year. The participants include people with a range of ...
  • Adult Group no.2 - Duration: 95 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 212 views
    Two Magpie Parents discuss what Magpie means to their daughters.

    Video Bite from Magpie's 30th Year Performance @ Langley Park Academy for the Performing Arts.
  • Highfliers - Jamie - Duration: 67 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 422 views
    Highfliers dancer, Jamie Gregory, discusses what Magpie means to him.

    Video Bite from Magpie's 30th Year Performance @ Langley Park Academy for the Performing Arts.
  • Magpie Dance - Adult Group - Duration: 94 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 451 views
    Magpie's Adult Group.

    Video Bite from Magpie's 30th Year Performance @ Langley Park Academy for the Performing Arts.
  • Peer mentoring - Duration: 89 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 676 views
    One of Magpie's Dancers & Volunteers, Megan Clements, discusses her time on Magpie's Peer Mentoring Scheme.

    Video Bite from Magpie's 30th Year Performance @ Langley Park Academy for the Performin...
  • About highfliers - Duration: 78 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 152 views
    Video Bite taken from Magpie's 30th performance at Langley Park Academy for the Performing Arts.
  • Magpie Dance: Celebrating Three Decades - Duration: 55 minutes.

    • 3 years ago
    • 2,021 views
  • Magpie Dance doing 'The Strictly!' - Duration: 55 seconds.

    • 3 years ago
    • 381 views
    Magpie were invited to the BBC building in November 2015, to perform 'The Strictly' live on The One Show. This is a short clip where you can see lots of Magpie Dancers and Volunteers moving with th...
  • Magpie Collective Choreographic Piece - June 2013 - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 4 years ago
    • 311 views
  • Flying High - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 4 years ago
    • 1,691 views
    Magpie Dance performed three pieces at Sadler's Wells in London as part of =dance on 16th January 2015.

    Stopgaps David Willdridge choreographed the Highfliers & Youth Group pieces and Magpie's Adu...
  • Made by Many - Duration: 9 minutes, 36 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    • 273 views
    Magpie Dance Adult Group perform 'Made by Many' at Sadler's Wells, London - a piece that was choreographed by the group as a collective.
  • Speakeasy - Duration: 8 minutes, 56 seconds.

    • 4 years ago
    • 275 views
    Magpie's Youth Group Technique dancers performing 'Speakeasy' at Sadler's Wells - Choreographed by David Willdridge.
  • The Story So far - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 4 years ago
    • 314 views
    Magpie's professional company, High Fliers, performing 'The Story So Far' at Sadler's Wells, London - Choreographed by David Willdridge.
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