Comic Relief has revealed that even more celebrities have pledged to join the line-up for the Comic Relief Danceathon, a six hour non-stop dance frenzy, held on Sunday 8th March at The SSE Arena, Wembley to raise money for Red Nose Day 2015.
The announcement comes as Yorkshire fundraisers Funky Dance Fever are already leading the charge for thousands all over the UK who will take part in the Danceathon, a Comic Relief first. Local organiser Jo Burton, from Sheffield, said: “When we heard about the Danceathon we signed up straight away – and it’s brilliant to be the first group in Yorkshire to be leading the charge! The event in London will be fun, but we’ve got our own sparkle – we’ll be dancing in our best fancy dress with Funky Dance Fever’s funny faces at the ready!
Funky Dance Fever are no strangers to fundraising for Comic Relief, and were invited to take part in the Danceathon thanks to their fundraising efforts last time in 2013. The group specialise in jazz, contemporary, street and freestyle and run classes on Saturday’s. The group have previously raised more than £1500 for the charity, money that is hard at work supporting local people living incredibly tough lives, as well as others in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, and across Africa.
Funky Dance Fever is one of thousands expected to take part and join in the action from London on the BBC Red Button, taking part in sitting rooms, village halls and local gyms across the country – all to raise money for Red Nose Day.
They will be in good company, as the glittering line-up include Comic Relief stalwart Davina McCall and presenter Caroline Flack, who recently danced home with the highly coveted Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball trophy. Property presenter Kirstie Allsopp also pledges to get in on the action, joining her will be dancing DJs Gemma Cairney, Edith Bowman and Sara Cox. Also confirmed to take part are Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan MBE and wildlife presenter and Strictly star Steve Backshall.
Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaz Skorjanec, Ian Waite, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Robin Windsor will also be hot footing it to Wembley to help keep fundraisers on track throughout their epic endurance boogie.
These celebs will join the already jam packed line-up previously announced including Arlene Phillips, Chelsee Healey, Rachel Riley, Rufus Hound, Zoe Ball, Jo Whiley and Got to Dance’s Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt.
Caroline Flack, who recently danced home with the highly coveted Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball trophy, said: “Dancing on Strictly was the best experience of my life and I think that the Comic Relief Danceathon is going to be such an amazing experience for everyone taking part. I would urge the lovely public to come and bust some moves with me at Wembley or grab a load of mates and put on their own Danceathon at home. It’s going to be so much fun, so the more people around the UK get involved, the better!”
Over 2,000 fundraisers will dance non-stop at the fun filled Wembley event with thousands expected to take part across the country via the BBC Red Button. Participants will be able to get their groove on to a range of genres including 70s disco, 80s power, 90s rave as well as pop, soul, ballroom and musical theatre.
The money raised by the Comic Relief Danceathon will be spent right here in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.
Shimmy over to www.rednoseday.com/danceathon to book your spot and join in live via the BBC red button with the Comic Relief Danceathon,