1) Talent Show Fundraiser
Host a talent show! A talent show is a time-honored tradition for a reason. It’s a wonderful way to bring people together and celebrate your community members’ hidden talents and passions while raising money for your dance team.
Invite a variety of people and talents to take the stage, and of course, have your dance team perform! Even better if you can get a beloved teacher or someone’s grandparent to participate: the more diversity and hype you can create, the bigger your audience will be. Charge $10-$15 at the door, and sell baked goods, snacks, and drinks to boost profits and make it an extra special evening.
2) Movie Night
Invite your community to a movie night! Turn your dance studio or rehearsal space into a make-shift theatre by setting up a TV or a projector, and invite your community out for a “night at the movies.”
From the iconic film Tap starring Gregory Hines to the cult classic Dirty Dancing, movies are a great way to celebrate dance or dive deeper into a time, place, and style. Make it extra special by encouraging people to dress up in the theme of the movie or keep it cozy in their PJs!
The best part is, this fundraiser is low cost and easy to run. Charge attendees an admittance fee and sell popcorn and drinks to generate more profit. There’s no shortage of dance films that ignite passion and inspire greatness, so perhaps you’ll even decide to make it a recurring event!
3) Community Dance Day
Open up your studio or rehearsal space to the public and invite non-dancers of all ages to come and have some fun! Make it a full day event by offering a selection of dance classes where participants learn simple moves and short choreos taught by your dance team.
If your school teaches a range of styles like hip hop, jazz, tap, and ballet, offer classes in all of them. Or, teach dance combos based on musical themes like disco, funk, 1920s jazz, or 80’s rock. Keep it simple, fun, and accessible to all different ages and skill levels. Make it a celebratory day of dance!
This is a great fundraiser to create community engagement and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. Charge a set price, have a sliding scale, or do Pay What You Can. Ask dance parents to contribute healthy snacks to sell to hungry participants, and make sure to have a booth set up to sell your dance team’s merch.
4) Pop-Up Thrift Shop
Ask people to donate old clothes, dance costumes, and household items that are still in great shape and host a pop-up thrift shop! Host the thrift shop in your dance space or if the weather’s accommodating, set up outside to attract more business. Advertise in advance and put up signs around your neighborhood. Wherever you hold it, curate the space so that it’s cute and inviting. Display clothes on tables or clothing racks, organize household items together, and play music!
Turn this into a fun family outing and increase profit by setting up micro-fundraisers around the thrift shop. Have a Pay What You Can face painting station, cake walk, and photo booth, and sell lollipops, popcorn, or candy bars.
A Dance-A-Thon is a memorable and exciting event that has potential to raise a lot of money! Participants pledge to dance for a certain number of hours in exchange for donations from friends and family. Make it a full day event and invite as many people as possible to participate—the more people involved and the longer they dance for, the more money your dance team will raise!
Keep the enthusiasm up by playing fun, energetic music. Create a dance-themed playlist or get creative and play music from a different decade every hour. You can even broadcast the event live on social media, and continue taking donations throughout the day.
There’s a lot of fun twists you can add, too! Plan a secret flashmob or periodically break into jam circles where everyone has their own moment in the center. Ask your local pizza parlor to donate to the event, so your Dance-A-Thon participants are properly fueled for a full day of dancing!
6) Halloween Haunted House
Turn your dance studio into a haunted house for a spooky seasonal fundraiser! Have friends and family donate halloween decorations, and plan the event with your dance team. Plot out different creepy stations, characters, and activities to have in your haunted house, and encourage your dancers to participate.
Maybe your haunted house features a tap dancing skeleton, a band of banshee ballerinas, a phantom who leaps out of nowhere, or a prowling werewolf. Don’t forget to add in elements of the unexpected…the possibilities are endless! Charge people $5 at the door, and sell candy apples, caramel corn, or other sweet treats on the way out.
7) Art Night For Adults
Set up tables, dig out the supplies, and get crafty! Hosting an Art Night For Adults is a great idea for your next dance team fundraiser. It’s a fantastic way to bring together community while also giving parents a night off to get creative for a good cause.
Look to the artists in your area or students at a local art school to find a volunteer to facilitate a simple workshop where participants make a small project. Paint nights are popular and supplies for this can be sourced inexpensively or even donated. Include snacks and drinks in the price ticket to increase profit and make it a memorable evening!
An auction is a fantastic fundraiser and has the potential to raise a lot of money for your dance team. Securing irresistible prizes is the most important part of an auction, so make sure you give yourself ample time to plan.
Local businesses are a great place to start inquiring about prizes and are often more than happy to donate. Gift certificates to nice restaurants, quality coffee, variety baskets, dance accessories, and tickets to concerts and shows are all great prizes. It’s a good idea to have a range of prizes at different price points while making sure to have some big ticket items that help create buzz around your event.
Next you’ll need a volunteer auctioneer! Someone with a big personality who can warm up the crowd and hype up each item. Keep the atmosphere fun and light, and serve snacks and drinks to bring in additional profit. A silent auction is also a great fundraiser to pair with your main auction, or another live event such as a talent show, a dinner, or an art night.