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Connect 35

Empowering people with learning disabilities

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Connect 35

Empowering people with learning disabilities

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join in?

Create a dance using number 35 as your inspiration. Film yourself dancing. You can use a phone, camera or anything that will allow you to transfer the video file to the internet. Upload your video to YouTube. Complete the upload form.


Do I need dance experience?

No! Connect 35 is all about connecting people with technology and dance, you don’t need experience with either.


How do I upload a video to Connect 35?

Click on the upload video page.. Fill out your details on the form. Press submit.


I get an error message, what do I do?

Please check you have completed all the questions on the upload form. Some of the fields are required, so you have to fill them in before you can press "submit".

If a double check hasn’t work, please get in touch via the contact us page on this website.


How do I upload a video to YouTube?

Sign in to your YouTube account.

In the top right corner, select “Create a video or post” followed by “Upload video”.

Choose the file you’d like to upload and add basic information about your film, like the title etc.

Should you want to you can then choose advanced settings and add video elements – although these are not necessary if you’re adding a film for Connect 35.

Finally, preview and publish your video.

You will be able to see your YouTube web link in this upload process and this is what you will need to share it on the Connect 35 upload video section.

If you still need help, watch our tutorial.


Who are Magpie Dance?

We are the leading dance charity for children and adults with learning disabilities. Through dance, participants gain life, social and communication skills with added health and wellbeing benefits.

Founded in 1985 by Avril Hitman BEM, Magpie Dance has always focused on ability and not disability. 35 years on, this remains vital to our values and approach, which has seen the company grow from one 45-minute weekly session to currently offering over 20 programmes each year enabling over 450 people with learning disabilities to access dance.

You can find out more about our ethos on our website.


How can I support more of Magpie Dance?

You can make a donation online, you can become a Friend by donating on a regular monthly basis, or you can volunteer. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available such as desk research, HR, travel companion, design, marketing, web and of course, helping in sessions. As a small charity we gratefully receive donations of time and money.


Can I dance with Magpie Dance?

Yes! We run a number of weekly term-time sessions. Most are inclusive sessions for people with learning disabilities. We also run some sessions that are open to the with and without a learning disability (such as body conditioning on Friday and other drop in sessions). Visit our website to find out more about the sessions we run: Weekly classes.