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Big Dance

Big Dance is People Dancing's national programme to get people dancing, presented from 2006 - 2016. We delivered Big Dance in partnership with the Mayor of London and a nationwide network of Big Dance Hubs.

Following the final edition of the festival in 2016, we are continuing to develop the resources and support for the programme to establish a recurring, annual celebration for participation in dance.

Big Dance Pledge Resources
The Big Dance Pledge is an opportunity for dance practitioners and enthusiasts to take part in a unifying performance and creative process with other groups across the globe. Since 2012, people from around the world have been learning, creating and rehearsing new dance performances as part of the Big Dance Pledge.

Using our free online films and teaching resources, created each year by a different guest company and choreographer, we have seen over 500,000 dancers from more than 60 different countries and territories sign up and get dancing in the unique ways and places that are best for each group.

Big Dance, as a summer festival of dance events, ended with 2016 as its final edition. People Dancing, in partnership with international, national, regional and local artists and organisations aim to maintain The Big Dance Pledge in future years and ensure the sets of resources are available for permanent, ongoing, free use around the world.
Find out more about each edition of the Big Dance Pledge

This programme was delivered in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, with some additional sets of choreographic resources created for other projects. Using the links on this page, you can access the full sets of learning and teaching resources including the music tracks, without registering information. If you’ve never registered for a previous Big Dance Pledge, please sign up to our general subscription list to receive information about new resources in future years.

In 2017, the Big Dance campaign will not be active, but encourages its fans and followers to use any of these resources in the best way for you. International Day of Dance, on 29 April each year, offers an opportunity to celebrate your dancing, with more information available here.
  • Big Dance Pledge 2012 – Created by Wayne McGregor
  • Big Dance Pledge 2013 – Created by English National Ballet
  • Big Dance Pledge 2014 – Created by Scottish Ballet
  • Big Dance Pledge 2016 – Created by Akram Khan
  • Big Dance Choreographic Inspirations (2012) – Created by Shobana Jeyasingh, Wayne McGregor, Arlene Phillips, Kate Prince, and Hofesh Shechter
The Big Dance 2012 snapshot book

In 2012 Big Dance, as part of the London 2012 Festival and as London's Legacy Trust UK programme, reached 5.6 million people as participants and audience. This book provides a snapshot of some of the amazing dance that happened across the UK in the summer of 2012

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