Dance Britain for Burma

The big one: dancing every step across Britain from John o’Groats to Land’s End.

The idea was a world-first: a dance across the entire country, top to bottom. I was to dance every single step along the way, have others joining me for dance marathons in key locations, and give talks in schools each morning as I go. Here’s the film to launch the project…

Here’s the final promo film, made in one mad weekend dash across England, Scotland and Wales…

The dance was easily the greatest challenge I’d ever undertaken: 60 days of back-to-back marathons across the country, dancing through almost every major city in Britain bar England’s capital, dancing over mountain ranges and giving school talks every morning while I was at it. I suffered appendicitis, fevers, crazy blistering, chronic pain every time my feet hit the floor – but as I reached Birmingham and then Cardiff I was getting stronger and stronger – the end was in sight and I was going to make it. That was, until fate intervened…

 

Here’s the story in pictures…

 

With my entire volunteer support team having to go back to their day jobs as autumn drew in, and the motorhome having been returned, it was down to me to attempt to get to Land’s End alone. Over one November weekend I danced my way to Taunton from the crash site…

 

 

But the freezing weather and lack of volunteers in February – my other window to complete the challenge – meant I had to postpone again until summer 2013. After one more weekend alone in late May, I got myself to Sidmouth, and then the finale was on – dancing 350 more miles from Sidmouth to Land’s End along the beautiful south west coast path. Despite climbing and descending the equivalent of twice up and down Everest and enduring the three-week heatwave of that summer, I loved every minute.

 

 

 

Finally, we’d made it to the end – raised over £40,000, danced with 30,000 people and spoken to 25,000 young people about Burma.

Good things come to those who… keep going!

 

 

 

 

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