Dress upand Dance

19/06/2015 to 30/06/2016

Dress up and Dance

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All you need to do is tell your pupils to come into school or nursery wearing their favourite dance outfits and bring in a suggested £2 donation to Macmillan.

Then get dancing, and start making a difference.

With everyone dressed up, just put on our easy-to-follow dance moves and get groovy. All of the fun will even count towards curriculum learning objectives.

Most importantly, you'll have done something truly amazing for people affected by cancer.

It's easy – register and we'll send you everything you need.

Have you held your Dress Up and Dance?

All you need to do now is pay in the pounds you raised. It’s easy to pay in online, over the phone, via a bank or by post.

Find out how you can pay in.

What is Dress Up and Dance?

Get your school dancing and help to raise money so that Macmillan Cancer support can improve the lives of even more people living with cancer.

Ask your class or even the whole school to wear their favourite dance outfit and bring in a suggested £2 donation.

Your pupils can twirl in a tutu, hip-hop in a hoodie or even just jive in their jeans – it's completely up to them. When you register you will receive a free kit, and there is lots of inspiration for you and them online, including our dance tutorials.

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When is it?

Friday 17 June 2016 is the official Dress Up and Dance day, but you can take part on another day of the year if this is more convenient.

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What do I need?

What will my free Dress Up and Dance pack contain?

Your free Dress Up and Dance pack will feature stickers for everyone who takes part, as well as a top tips guide and posters to advertise your event. There are also great resources online including costume crafts, activity and assembly plans suitable for Primary School and Early Years, and our fab dance tutorials.

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When will I get my Dress Up and Dance pack?

Your free Dress Up and Dance pack will be sent to you from May 2016.

However, if you're keen to get started, we have some great fundraising and educational resources on our schools website that can help you. You can also visit our be.Macmillan site and create some fantastic posters and leaflets for your event.

After April, please allow 10 working days from sign up for your pack to arrive in the post.

If your pack has not arrived contact us on 0300 1000 200, or email dressup@macmillan.org.uk.

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I haven't received my Dress Up and Dance pack yet – why’s that?

Resource packs will be sent from May 2016. If you haven't received it by early June, email us and we'll send one to you. Close

How can I order additional materials?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer additional printed items this year. This is because we want as much money as possible to go to people facing cancer.

You can download most of the resources online.

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Can a Macmillan speaker visit my school?

If you would like to arrange a Macmillan schools talk please contact us by email or call 0300 1000 200.

We’ve also produced our Talking About Cancer toolkit – which you can use with your older pupils as part of your PSHE/PSE/PSD, citizenship or science lessons. You can order this additional pack online here.

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Where does the money go?

With more people living with cancer than ever before, the need for our work is constantly growing. The money you raise, no matter how much or how little, will help make a real difference to people living with cancer.

£2 could pay for five copies of our Help with the Cost of Cancer booklet. This features information that could help a person affected by cancer who has money worries.

£27 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

£165 could pay for a Macmillan Grant that would make a significant contribution to the cost of a person’s travel to hospital for treatment.

£278 could keep a typical Macmillan information and support centre stocked with all the information resources it needs to support people affected by cancer for a month. These resources would include booklets, guides, directories and leaflets.

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Will I receive acknowledgement after we pay in?

Yes. On receipt of payment, you'll be sent a certificate stating how much you have raised as a thank you for all your support.

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Dress Up Resources

Check out the easy-to-follow dances on YouTube. Warm up/cool down, with an introduction with Lisa Riley to get your pupils grooving.

Stream or Download the tunes from Soundcloud to get your toes tapping.

Our online resources are a great way to make sure your event simple to organise, and great fun too!

For inexpensive costume ideas that your kids can produce themselves try our masks.

Get the parents and local press involved by using our:

Fit Dress Up and Dance into the curriculum with our educational resources:

And there are more Dress Up and Dance resources coming soon!

Cancer talk resources

We have lots of cancer information available on our website specially tailored to schools and young people.

'We had a lot of fun and felt good about doing something to help'

Primary school teacher – Dress Up and Dance 2014

Thinking about getting involved? We're all ears.

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Organise your own event

Get your plans rolling. We've got advice, support, materials and fundraisers who'd love to help you create a great event.