Big Dance Schools' Pledge
17 February 2012
The Big Dance Schools Pledge is back for 2012 and this year it is hoped to be bigger and better than ever before. The world record takes place on 18th May 2012, the same day that the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK.
The Schools Pledge is in two parts:
- Learn the choreography and take part in a world record attempt for the 'Largest Dance Routine - Multi-venue' at 1pm on 18 May 2012
- Undertake to do an additional 20 minutes of dance a day during Big Dance week (7-15 July 2012)
Choreography available now!
Wayne McGregor CBE, Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet, has created the 5 minute choreography for the world record attempt. Wayne said about the choreography.
"The Schools Pledge is a fantastic and fun opportunity for young people of all ages to learn a new dance inspired by the Olympics and to perform it as part of our world record attempt. On the day the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK, young dancers throughout Britain and in our partner countries worldwide will share a unique moment in time, dancing together and in unison, sharing our passion for the art form we love. Everyone, take up the challenge, learn the dance, teach it to your friends, your class and your school and on Friday May 18th be a world record breaker!"
The World Record
Big Dance are working with the British Council to promote the Schools Pledge to schools across the world to beat the record for 'The Largest Dance Routine – Multi Venue'.
At 13:00 (British Summer Time – GMT +1) on 18 May 2012 schools around the world will go to their school halls, playgrounds, playing fields or to public spaces and perform the choreography. The current record is held by the Netherlands with 264,188 people and 1,472 locations.
Even if you can't take part in the world record, please join Big Dance on 18th May as there will be a participation certificate to download for all schools that take part.
Login to sign up for Schools Pledge 2012 here
To sign up for the pledge you first need to login into your Profile or create an account.
Join the Get Set network - London 2012 wants to reward you
Schools and colleges that participate in the Big Dance programme will be recognised by London 2012 with a plaque and certificate, and will be granted the right to use the London 2012 education logo on their website, school/college sign and letterhead.
These schools and colleges can also access exclusive rewards such as tours of the Olympic Park, visits from athletes and receive priority access to tickets to the Games through the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative! All they have to do, is complete the simple application to join the London 2012 Get Set network, visit www.london2012.com/getset to find out more.
If you would like to share Big Dance activity with a partner school, The British Councilcan help you do this.
Big Dance is working with the British Council to develop and promote the Big Dance Schools Pledge to schools around the world.
The British Council supports lasting partnerships between schools in the UK and other countries with the aim of increasing young people's capacity in the skills, understanding and outlook required to live and work in a global society.
For more information on how the British Council can help you share Big Dance activity with a partner school, please click here.