About the challenge
What is Barnardo’s Dance challenge?
Barnardo’s Dance Challenge is a fun and active way to show off those dance moves whilst raising vital funds for vulnerable children and young people.
Anyone can take part; you can show off the latest dance routines, boogie round your kitchen or dance like you just don’t care. We want everyone up and dancing.
Money raised will go towards our work helping children, young people and their families.
When is Barnardo’s Dance Challenge taking place?
Barnardo’s Dance Challenge dance week is taking place between the 26 and 30 October however if you can’t make those dates you can hold your dance challenge on any date that suits you until the end of November.
Taking Part (Technical questions)
How do I sign up?
It’s free to take part, just click sign up at the top of the page and follow the steps!
How old do you need to be?
Anyone can take part, the more the merrier. If you are under 18 you’ll need a parent or guardian to register and set up a fundraising page on your behalf.
Do I have to dance for a set amount of time?
We’re encouraging everyone to dance for at least 60 minutes each day of dance week or however long you want to. Whether you want to have a mini kitchen disco, take part in one of our free online classes or spend your hour learning the latest virtual dance craze, as long as you’re dancing your part of our crew!
If you can’t quite fit in an hour non-stop, you could break it up throughout the day or dance for a length of time that works for you!
Dancing isn't really my thing, can I do something else?
That’s the beauty of dance, it's designed for everyone! You don’t have to be learning a choreographed routine, doing the splits or foxtrotting round your living room. We’ll have some fun classes and routines for you to get involved in, or just put on your favourite tunes and dance round the room. If you’d like to fundraise for Barnardo’s in a different way you can view some of our other fundraising events here:.
Can I do any dance style?
You certainly can! Hip Hop, Tap, ballet, or just learning the latest viral dance routines, any and all types of dance are encouraged.
Do I have to post about my dancing on social media?
If you don’t feel comfortable you most definitely don’t have to. We encourage anyone that feels comfortable to post their daily dancing on social media using #BarnardosDanceChallenge. This is a great way to show your supporters what you’ve been up to while also connecting to the wider community. Join our Facebook Group and follow us on Instagram @barnardosfundraising. If you are under 18 make sure you have permission from a parent or guardian before posting anything online.
Taking part as a team
Can I create team with friends, family or colleagues?
Absolutely! Creating a team to join Barnardo’s Dance Challenge is a fun way to stay connected with colleagues or loved ones as well as a great way to challenge each other to learn some new dance moves. It's easy, when you register, select create or join team and follow the steps to create your team page. Think of a fun team name and start recruiting your team members to help make a difference!
How do I invite people to my team
It’s always more fun dancing as a team. After you create a team you can simply share your team link. You can find out more here.
Can anyone join my team?
You can have as many people in your team as you like. Invite your friends and get them to invite their friends too! It’s about having fun and supporting children. You will have the option to allow anyone to join your team, or you can set to private so only those you invite can join, you can do this by clicking on the member’s option on your team page and setting the page so it’s invite only.
How do people sponsor me / my team?
Friends and family can sponsor and donate to you / your team directly through your fundraising page. Your personal page is created as soon as you set up! Make sure you add a picture and some information about why you are taking part; the more you make your page your own the more people will be compelled to donate. You can find out how to personalise your page more here
Is there a minimum amount I need to raise?
We’re encouraging everyone to aim to raise £150 when they take part in Barnardo’s Dance Challenge. Everyone that raises £150 (or more) we’ll send you out your own medal to show everyone that you are a Barnardo’s Dance Champion!
How does the money raised get to Barnardo’s?
All the donations from your fundraising page are transferred straight to Barnardo’s. It’s super quick and easy and means the money can go directly to support our work with vulnerable children.
Where does the money raised go to?
All funds raised will go directly to supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families. You can find out more about the work of Barnardo’s and the difference the funds you raise will make here.
How can I keep friends and family up to date with my dancing?
Spreading the word– we love it! Here are a couple of helpful tips
- Share your page with friends and family by email, whatsapp or on social media, telling everyone about the challenge and why you’re taking part.
- 2Post your dancing and a link to your fundraising page on social media. By posting it on social media using #BarnardosDanceChallenge you can be featured on our inspiration wall as well as connecting to the wider Barnardo’s Dance Challenge community!
How do I contact Barnardo’s
If you have a question about Barnardo’s Dance Challenge you can email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question about a different area of our work you can contact us via our website here. If you think a child is in immediate danger please call 999 or contact your local authority social care department, or the NSPCC.
I am getting an error when I try to log my dance activities - what is happening?
There is currently a word limit in place when logging activity. If you exceed 30 words in your update, then an error message will appear and the activity won't log. We recommend you keep your update short and snappy to avoid this!