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Disabled dance group awarded lottery grant

PUBLISHED: 18:24 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

A DANCE company for people with learning disabilities received a lottery grant to fund a choreography project with the award-winning Siobhan Davies Dance. Magpie Dance, an inclusive dance company in Bromley, used the funding from the Lottery (Awards for

A DANCE company for people with learning disabilities received a lottery grant to fund a choreography project with the award-winning Siobhan Davies Dance.

Magpie Dance, an inclusive dance company in Bromley, used the funding from the Lottery (Awards for All and Reaching Communities Big Lottery) and the Rix Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation to improve their mentoring choreographer's scheme.

The grant allowed the company to work with Siobhan Davies Dance for four days with practitioner Pari Naderi, learning about approaches to choreography.

Avril Hitman, Magpie Dance's Artistic Director said: "We were delighted that our dancers had the opportunity to work with a current and renowned dance company.

"The dancers thoroughly enjoyed working with Pari and have learnt new methods of devising choreography which will feed into individual future choreographic work - it was fantastic!"

The company, that receives no regular core funding, holds weekly classes for young people aged 14 to 25 and open adult community classes.

For more information go to www.magpiedance.org.uk

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