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Dancing in the dark

Work together and use glow sticks to create a dance routine in the dark then show it to your friends.

You will need

  • Camera or phone
  • Sticky tape
  • Glow sticks and connectors

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • You’ll need between 10 and 15 glow sticks for each person. You can reuse the same glow sticks between groups to help reduce waste, just remember to clean them between uses. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the glow sticks.
  • Explain to parents and carers that there’ll be the option for people to be recorded on video and make sure you have the right permissions for everyone. Explain that their faces may not be visible in the dark – but if young people can’t be recorded there’ll be plenty of other ways for them to be involved. 
  • Ask everyone to come to the meeting in darker clothes (such as black or navy) as it’ll help their dances look more effective.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to people.
  • Have hygiene breaks to clean the equipment in between groups.

Play the game

  1. Everyone should stand in a socially distanced semicircle.
  2. Everyone should split into groups of up to four people.
  3. The person leading the activity should play the piece of music so everyone knows what it sounds like.
  4. The person leading the activity should explain that people will have glow sticks attached to them when they dance, creating a sort of stick person effect. Everyone should think about the sort of moves that will work well – for example, turning around will make people disappear.
  1. Everyone should stay a safe distance apart as they practise their dances.
  2. The person leading the activity should set up a dance area and get the camera ready to record.
  1. The first group should come up to the dance area and stick the glow sticks to themselves.
  1. The first group should show everyone their dance. If everyone has permission to be filmed, someone should record it.
  2. Someone should clean the glow sticks, then the next group should have a turn at performing (and possibly recording) their dance. Everyone should take it in turns to perform and record; the glow sticks should be cleaned each time.


This activity needed everyone to work as team ­– hopefully they had lots of fun too. Everyone had to come up with a short dance as a team. How easy was it to come up with a routine? Did people teach their team any dance moves they already knew? Maybe people knew popular moves such as the robot or flossing.

Everyone had to work together and communicate to come up with their routine. How well did the groups work together? People could think about whether they listened to each other’s ideas, how they helped each other to remember the routine, and how they decided where each person would be. Everyone danced to the same piece of music. Did the music change the dance people came up with?

If everyone did this activity again, what would people change? Some people may want to switch up the music or background, while others may want to edit their moves or how they used their glow sticks.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Outdoor activities

You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.


Provide some light, so the environment isn’t completely dark. Everyone must be able to see others and move around the area safely.

Phones and cameras

Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.


This task involves the use of potentially harmful fluids or chemicals. Make sure you follow all relevant safety guidance. Make sure you dispose of them appropriately too, in line with safety guidance.