What Is A Moondance?
Very simply, a ladies only dance night that gives women of all ages the opportunity to strut their stuff on the dance floor in a safe, non‐judgmental environment and, as a lovely bonus, raise money to help in the fight against breast cancer and other charities.
How And When Did It Start?
The idea for Moondance was hatched in the kitchen of Val McGavin who, together with her sister Christine and friend Denise, was one of three ladies who loved to dance but were without a dance floor.
Since then Val has spearheaded the project, with the first Moondance held in June 2011 at her local golf club in Uphall, West Lothian. Such was the success and the hugely positive comments from the women who attended that Val was encouraged to think that there might be real potential to roll the Moondance idea out elsewhere in Central Scotland and, in time, beyond.
How many Moondances have there been and where?
Since that first dance, a further 17 local events have now taken place across Central Scotland (Uphall, Fauldhouse and Whitburn, West Lothian; Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire; Glasgow South; Juniper Green, Edinburgh; Burntisland, Dunfermline and Glenrothes, Fife plus 4 bigger events at The George Hotel in Edinburgh and Easter Road Stadium ‐ all of which were a resounding success, with the promise of Moondance being a regular event in many of these areas.
Why Does Moondance Support Breast Cancer Now?
Supporting a breast cancer charity seemed a natural cause for a ladies only dance night to support. However as chance would have it a month before the first Moondance Val was diagnosed with breast cancer and two weeks before the event had a lumpectomy. Said Val “I was devastated at the news, as it came like a bolt out of the blue, but I couldn’t help but smile at the irony of having organised an event that would help raise money for breast cancer only to find it was no longer something that just happened to other people, but that I had joined the club.”
Breast Cancer Now funds ground‐breaking research, campaigns for better services and treatments and raises awareness of breast cancer. Through this work the charity believes passionately that breast cancer can be beaten and fear of the disease removed.
Val asks that a minimum of 50% of proceeds raised at any Moondance goes to Breast Cancer Now with up to 50% going to a charity of the Moondance organiser’s choice.
What Has Been The Response To Moondance Events So Far?
In two words – absolutely fabulous! At each event the women have been encouraged to give us their feedback and we have been delighted with the comments:
“Had an excellent time – don’t know why it hasn’t been thought of before, great idea”
“Lovely to see so many women giving it their all – great way to raise money and have fun”
“Had a fab time, not smiled that much in ages”
and the morning after:
“Still on a high from last night – so uplifting, if only you could bottle that feeling!”
How Much Money Has Been Raised?
To date Moondance has raised approximately £35,000 with the majority of funds being donated to Breast Cancer Now (formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer) but has also supported a range of national and local charities. See “Raising Money” page for more details on this.
What Are Moondance’s Plans For The Future?
Given the overwhelmingly positive response that each event has had we believe that many women from across the UK would be keen to attend a Moondance in their local area. We would like to make it easy for women to organise their own event – either because they love dancing and/or because they want to raise money for charity. We are steadily promoting the Moondance idea across the country, supplying women who are interested in running an event with a step by step guide and key promotional materials.
Ultimately we would love to see an annual Moondance event, or even more frequent, in every town across the country – getting thousands of women dancing, having fun, feeling good and raising money for a host of worthwhile causes.