Bristol Come Dancing 2020
Aid Box Community x Temwa
…dust off the disco ball…dance for your lives…
COVID – 19 UPDATE: In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, it is with heavy hearts that we have come to the decision to postpone Bristol Come Dancing. It’s important that we act responsibly and take advice from the World Health Organisation seriously to take care of you, those close to you, and our wider communities. Our plan is to reschedule the event to a future date. By that point, we’ll be grateful to all come together and celebrate by helping those in need. Your tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event and we will update you when we know what this date will be. We will keep in touch regarding a new date for Bristol Come Dancing.
Ticket holders should refer to the e-mail sent out via Eventbrite for further information.
What: 6 weeks of dance training, 1 live competition
When: February – March 2020
Training Begins: Sunday 16th February
Live Event Date: Saturday 28th March
Age Restrictions: 18+
Registration Fee: £50 (per individual participant)
Fundraising Target: £600 (per individual participant, before Gift Aid)
Training Schedule (see full details below):
Wednesdays – Group 1: 7pm-8pm, Group 2: 8pm-9pm
Sundays – Group 1: 5pm-6.30pm, Group 2: 6.30pm-8pm
Not ready to sign up but definitely interest? Register your interest HERE.
Back by popular demand, Bristol Come Dancing 2020 is rising from its sequinned stupor, to revive the positivity-infused fundraising collaboration between Aid Box Community, Temwa and YOU! Think Strictly, but with a thoroughly Bristol edge…
Sign up is now OPEN for you and a partner to take part in this year’s challenge!
Take the opportunity to learn 2 different routines, in 2 different styles, with training from 2 brilliantly experienced professional dance teachers. Over the 6 weeks you’ll learn and refine your routines ready for a performance at the live competition, taking place in front of a supportive audience and panel of judges on Saturday 28th March at Boomtown’s new Bristol venue, Area 404.
Expect challenge, new friendships, dedication, boosted confidence, and a lot of sparkle.
And know that by taking part you’ll be making a real difference to many lives, by raising invaluable funds to support and empower vulnerable communities both in the UK and in rural Malawi.
You and your partner will be expected to take part in 2 training sessions each week. The sessions will be on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, as detailed below.
SUNDAYS – Latin / Ballroom with Tannith Perry
Group 1: 5pm – 6.30pm
Group 2: 6.30pm – 8pm
Sunday 16th, Sunday 23rd
Sunday 1st, Sunday 8th, Sunday 15th, Sunday 22nd
WEDNESDAYS – Musical Theatre with Angie Edwards
Group 1: 7pm – 8pm
Group 2: 8pm – 9pm
Wednesday 19th, Wednesday 26th
Wednesday 4th, Wednesday 11th, Wednesday 18th, Wednesday 25th
We’re very lucky to have two brilliant Bristol based dance teachers on board this year! Tannith will be leading the Sunday sessions in Easton teaching Ballroom / Latin and Angie will be leading the Wednesday sessions near the triangle teaching Musical Theatre.
Tannith Perry – Easton Social Dancing – Ballroom / Latin
“I am originally from Oregon in the United States. I have been dancing my whole life and teaching ballroom/latin dancing for over ten years. I am certified and trained by Arthur Murray in the US and have experience teaching children, teenagers and adults of all levels. I have been involved in teacher/student competitions, performed at all kinds of events and won several teaching awards. I believe learning to dance should be fun, relaxed and accessible to every kind of person, even those with several left feet. I am available for both group and private lessons. More info at EastonSocialDancing.com”
Angie Edwards – AE Dance + Fitness – Musical Theatre
Angie Edwards runs AE Dance + Fitness – the Bristol based dance company for adults that’s driven by one big, hearty goal – to make good people feel great so they can do amazing things. From Burlesque to Barre, and Lyrical Contemporary to Tap we fill our classes with laughter, energy and many a sweaty challenge. Angie feels excited and privileged to be working with Temwa and Aid Box Community to bring Musical Theatre to the Strictly stage this year. And is especially pumped to get into the studio with the new couples and get them dancing! Get ready for high kicks, hair flicks and plenty of cheesy tunes.
We encourage participants to sign up as a pair, so that you already know your partner. This reduces time spent in matching you with a partner during training time, so that you can get the most out of your sessions. This also likely means you already have a good trusting relationship, which can be a great support during training, which can sometimes feel a bit intense as nerves grow or when tiredness creeps in.
If you don’t have or can’t find a partner, but still want to take part, get in touch! We can try to help in matching up individuals with other potential participants who are also seeking a dance partner.
Partners can be mixed or same gender (you don’t necessarily need to be a partnership formed of one woman and one man). You’ll just need to choose who is the lead and who is the follow for each routine.
Registration Fee & Fundraising
There is a registration fee of £50 per individual participant which goes towards covering training costs
The fundraising target for the challenge is £600 per individual participant. Ideally 80% of this would be reached before the live final.
Don’t let the target daunt you. Participants will receive one to one support from the fundraising team to help you reach (and beat) your target, as well as be provided with a fundraising toolkit and participant pack with all the useful info about the challenge, live event, fundraising ideas and the work of both charities.
If you’re not ready to pay the registration fee but are interested in taking part, you can register your interest by CLICKING HERE and a member of the team will be in touch.
About Aid Box Community
Aid Box Community provides support, supplies and sanctuary to Bristol’s most vulnerable and impoverished refugees and asylum seekers. Many of our service users live on just five pounds a day and can be extremely isolated. Our welcome Hub is a safe space where people can come to be part of our community, for a chat and a cuppa, or just to escape isolation and build friendships. We also have a Free Shop where we provide a choice of free, quality items donated by the public – from clothing, toiletries and toys, to electrical items.
ABC provides hope and love, and helps to make people’s lives a little bit more comfortable.
Share Your Journey
We want to be part of your journey every step of the way! You can tag Temwa using @TemwaUK and Aid Box Community using @AidBoxCommunity. Use the hashtags #BristolComeDancing and #WhenCommunitiesComeTogether.
We’ll be more than happy to share your stories via our own social pages. Let’s spread the word far and wide and get everybody dancing.
For being part of what will be an EPIC fundraiser for Temwa and ABC and a huge amount of fun!