We have a range of learning disabilities and are aged 3 upwards. There’s no upper age limit on taking part at Magpie Dance.
Through dance we gain significant life, social and communication skills with measurable health and wellbeing benefits.
We stage regular performances and national tours – many in prestigious performing arts venues.
We are supported through professional dance progression pathways.
Harry, 20, joined Magpie Dance just after his grandmother died. He and his mum Nancy were at a very low point.
Two years on, Harry is full of life, a regular at the Saturday Youth Class. He loves performing on stage best. He quickly became very good at remembering new dance moves, and is fearless before any audience.
Harry verbalises his enthusiasm about dancing, using physical gestures with confidence. Harry says "Magpie Dance makes me happy!"
Lauren, 23, started dancing with Magpie Dance in her teens.
A very shy girl with fragmented speech, Lauren now performs with other professional dance companies as well as with us. Making friends that share her love of dancing means she has a full social life, including disco parties, and sleepovers. Lauren says "Dance is my life - Magpie Dance is fun, fantastic and friendly."
Laura, 33, started with Magpie Dance when she was 18. With uneven leg length, and difficulties communicating, she discovered ways to express herself through dance.
Her mum Ruth says Laura takes dance very seriously, and likes to see her daughter interact with the others. Also a Special Olympic swimmer, Laura has grown into a leader at Magpie Dance she says "dance makes me feel free".
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