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18 February 2013

Put your glad rags on for Headway East London's eight-hour dance marathon

PULL on those garish Spandex leggings, shiny tutus and fingerless gloves: Headway East London’s annual eight-hour dance marathon is back in town.

With four hugely successful years already behind it, the dance marathon comes to St John-at-Hackney Church, challenging all-comers to 'move like Jagger', raise money for Londoners affected by brain injury, and look awesome while doing it.

DJs, live bands and dance leaders will help participants glide seamlessly from 1930s lindy hop to body pop, moonwalking, and booty wiggles, as each hour focuses on a different decade of dance styles.

And fear not, there will be plenty of breaks, entertainment and competitions to keep you invigorated, with perhaps even a visit by the charity’s patron, comedian Jo Brand.

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £200 and the team at Headway East London will provide help with setting up a JustGiving page, using social media to boost the money raised, and getting friends and family to dig deep.

Dance marathons were hugely popular in the US during the early 20th century when thousands of competitors would dance non-stop for days in a desperate bid to win cash prizes. The record stands at 5,148 hours, 28 minutes and 30 seconds.

The Headway East London dance marathon takes place on 27 April at St John-at-Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD. Spectators will be asked to pay a donation at the door.

Visit Headway East London’s dance marathon website for more information.

 

Headway East London dance marathon raises money for people with brain injuries

Headway East London dance marathon raises money for people with brain injuries

Headway East London dance marathon raises money for people with brain injuries

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