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Big Dance films is a collection of 5 films for use in education curated by Wayne McGregor, Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet. Wayne has selected four of the UK's leading choreographers; Shobana Jeyasingh, Kate Prince, Arlene Philips and Hofesh Shechter who alongside him give us an insight into their choreographic process. 

The films use music from Music Sales extensive catalogue, and there are recommendations and links to similar music sources on the Music Sales website along with links to the choreographers own pages and educational resources.

View the videos and resources here. The resources will be available for free download as a resource for teachers. 



Thanks to everyone who sent us their paper evidence for the Big Dance Schools Pledge Guinness World Record - we really appreciate all the time and effort that it took to gather up and send.

We have received evidence that just over 121,200 people, from 22 different countries, took part in the 'Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine - Multi Venue' on 18 May 2012.

Sadly, this means that we didn't break the World Record which is still held by the Netherlands. Despite the huge numbers that signed up to take part (some 2,480 schools and organisations), we just haven't received enough evidence to submit to Guinness.

We still think this is an amazing and massive achievement and are delighted that so many people took up the challenge. Thank you for being part of it.

Download the Schools Pledge Participation Certificate 

About the Big Dance Schools Pledge

The Schools Pledge was in two parts:  

  • We asked schools around the world to learn the choreography and take part in a Guinness 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)

Read our Frequently Asked Questions and Adaptation Guidelines for more information on the Guinness World Record and the dance routine.

FAQ School's Pledge

Schools Pledge Adaptation Guidance

Schools Pledge Choreography

Wayne McGregorWayne McGregor CBE, Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet, has created the 5 minute choreography to music by Scanner and Joel Cadbury for the Guinness 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 Guinness 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!"

Do upload your photos of your rehearsals and final performance for the Schools Pledge on our flikr site. 

Arts Award

Use the Big Dance Schools Pledge as your inspiration to celebrate London 2012 and gain yourself a Special Edition Arts Award too! Dance your way to an Arts Award qualification. Download the Big Dance Schools Pledge mapping document or visit the Arts Award website for more information.

We've been asking our friends around the globe to translate the Schools Pledge for us. This is what we've got so far. Let us know if you can help with any others: Chinese, French, GaelicGerman, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Norweigan, Polish, Portuguese, Romainian, RussianSpanish, Swedish, Turkish and Welsh.
Join the Get Set network - London 2012 wants to reward you

Get Set



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 Council can 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.
British Council


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.