How the competition works
At the event
How the competition works
Who can take part?
Anyone aged four to 18 can take part, regardless of their ability. Primary and secondary schools, colleges, youth groups and groups with members who have a disability are all welcome – the competition is open to anyone who likes to dance!
There are two age categories:
- Junior - for young people aged four to 11 (i.e. primary school aged).
- Senior - for young people aged 11 to 18 (i.e. secondary school aged).
How many people can take part in our dance?
There is a maximum of 30 dancers per group. Although the majority of our entries are groups, we do welcome soloists as long as they have a DBS checked chaperone who can accompany them for the duration of the event.
When and where?
The competition takes place at venues across London and the surrounding areas between April and July. To see a list of events please visit our registration page.
Spaces at heat events are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The finalists from each heat will go on to perform at the grand final indigo at The O2 in London in July.
There isn't an event in my area what can I do?
If you are unable to travel to an event we encourage you to hold your own dance event in aid of the Red Cross. Register online to receive a free fundraising pack with everything you need to get started making your moves count for people in crisis. You will also be put in touch with a local fundraiser who will be able to provide advice, inspiration and support while planning your event.
What about the dance?
All dances must be between 3 and 7 minutes long and based on some aspect of the Red Cross’ work – that could be anything from First Aid in practice to the response to a natural disaster. Please visit the planning your dance section of the website for examples.
Once registered, you will be required to submit various details about your routine including your chosen music, your technical requests and a team photo. Please ensure you submit these by the deadline so that we can make the required preparations.
What about the fundraising?
We ask all groups to raise as much as they can to support the work of the British Red Cross. The judges will present awards to all groups who raise over £100.
- Bronze Fundraising Award – to all groups that raise more than £100.
- Silver Fundraising Award – to all groups that raise more than £250.
- Gold Fundraising Award – to all groups that raise more than £500.
- Platinum Fundraising Award – to all groups that raise more than £1,000.
All groups that receive a Platinum Fundraising Award and submit their funds raised to the Dance: Make Your Move team by the deadline will be entered into a prize draw for the opportunity to do a guest performance at the grand final at indigo at The O2 in London in July.
Will you help me?
Absolutely! The Dance: Make Your Move team are on hand to give fundraising tips and inspiration to create your dance. Get in touch with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the event
What happens at the event?
Rehearsals will take place in the morning and the performance itself will follow, please set aside the whole day for the event. Each group will have the opportunity to do a walk-through on stage with the technicians and a full dress rehearsal will take place before the main show. Once registered for the competition you will receive full details of your chosen event, with rehearsal slots allocated a month or so before.
Are there awards?
All groups competing at Dance: Make Your Move will be presented with a commendation certificate from the judges and any act that raises over £100 will also awarded with a fundraising certificate.
The junior and senior winners from each heat will receive an award on stage and will go on to take part in the grand final at indigo at The O2 in London.
When registering for Dance: Make Your Move please make ensure you are able to attend the grand final event should your group progress to the next stage of the competition.