Everything you need to know about Comic Relief's groove-tastic Danceathon

Claudia Winkleman

Thought dancing in proximity to Claudia Winkleman was reserved for former boyband members and blood relatives of sporting stars? WRONG! This Comic Relief, you'll have the opportunity to join Claudia and her celebrity friends for a Danceathon live at Wembley.

That's right - a dance marathon to raise money for a great cause. There are 2,000 places, so if you'd like to snap one up, or want to find out how to get involved at home, we've helpfully rounded up all the info you need.

Do catch up on our webchat with Claudia, too - she told us all about her Danceathon plans, and which song always gets her on the dance floor. 
 

So when is this happening?

The Danceathon will take place at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Sunday 8 March from 12-6pm, in advance of Red Nose Day on Friday 13th. It will last for six hours.

 

SIX HOURS? What exactly does a six-hour Danceathon entail?

Well, you'll be one of 2,000 people following more than 12 of the nation's best dance instructors. They'll be on stage, taking it in turns to do a different dance style in 30-minute blocks - from 70s to swag, via funk, 80s power, West End musicals and more. Your host Claudia will be joined by a veritable A-Z of big names - from Arlene Phillips, to Zoe Ball.

 

<grudging> That does sound pretty fun. How much will it cost?

The entry fee is only £10, which will cover the cost of the event. That's why dancers are asked to set up an online Red Nose Day Giving Page and raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship - more than worth it for six hours of dancing.

 

Where will the money go?

The same place as all money raised by Comic Relief - towards helping people living really tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

 

But... I can't dance?

Nonsense. The event is for all dancing abilities - nice try. Next.

 

Fine. Can my DC come along?

If they're over 10, yes (though see below for other ways for under-10s to join the fun). Under-18s must be entered by an adult, and under-16s must be accompanied for the whole day by a grown-up, who can watch for free if they're not taking part.

 

Any last incentives?

Why yes - your free downloadable Danceathon fundraising kit!

 

Go on then - I'm in! <excited> How do I enter?

Easy - you just go here and follow the instructions. Team Honk - a stellar gang of MN bloggers, tweeters and friends - have got 500 places reserved just for us, so click the 'Team Honk' option and use the password danceathon2015. 

 

What about folk who can't make it to Wembley on the day?

You can still dance along for the whole six hours, following live on TV using the BBC Red Button, and raising sponsorship money in the same way. Or, even better, organise your own sponsored Danceathon with friends and family of any age in your workplace, gym or home. There are lots of ideas in the freedownloadable Danceathon fundraising kit - here's that link again.

 

I'm a blogger - is there anything additional I can do?

You bet: pop over to our Bloggers Network to find out what else Team Honk is doing to support Comic Relief - and make sure you join them at Wembley! Do check out our lovely video of Annie, Tanya and Penny from Honk (featuring none other than David Walliams) in Kenya, too - they visited some of the projects who have benefited from Comic Relief money. 
 

Well, if it's good enough for Claudia...

 

  

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