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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Have you ever seen the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour at the O2? Some of the celebrities are fantastic dancers, and others are - well, they're entertaining. In many cases I bet you could do better, and if you've ever dreamed of dancing on stage like a professional, now is your chance.

On the 13th July, it could be you standing on the IndigO2 stage, dancing in front of a live audience all in the name of charity. The British Red Cross wants to give young people the chance to shine in their Dance: Make Your Move Competition. With auditions taking place up and down the country, any dance group with children between the ages of 4-18 years old can register. Finalists from each region will then go on to compete at the O2 in London.

Judging is based on four elements:

1. Concept - The them should be based around the work of the Red Cross. I you are stuck for ideas, they have some suggestions and choreography tips. For example you could portray child soldiers, the Japan tsunami, missing family members, or fundraising events.

2. Choreography - The dance should be between three - eight minutes long, and will be judged on creativity, structure, and range of movements.

3. Costume - Try to come up with imaginative costumes and props to enhance the storytelling.

4. Entertainment - How much did the audience enjoy the performance? How good was your music choice?

As the competition is for charity, they ask that participants try to fundraise as much money as they can. The best fundraisers will receive rewards.

Dance: Make Your Move is supported by former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Arlene Phillips, who also judged last year's competition. You can find out when and where your nearest auditions are here. Tickets are already on sale for the final and cost between 13.25-18.75
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 6th April - 13th July
Phone: 0844 871 11 11
Where: Auditions across the UK, final at the O2
Cost: Auditions free, show 13.25-18.75
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