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Represent your city in Life Vest Inside’s annual worldwide Dance for Kindness and raise funds for a non-profit in your area!

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Our Story

In 2012, we had a crazy idea to organize a WorldWide event in honor of World Kindness Day (November 13th), so we reached out to our fans and put our idea out there. What happened? We found 30 AMAZINGLY committed Group Leaders. With 30 locations, spanning across 15 countries and over 3,500 participants, the Life Vest Inside WorldWide Dance for Kindness was born.

Our Group Leaders are the heart and soul of this amazing event! As a Group Leader you are the head organizer of the Dance for Kindness event in your city. Group Leaders manage all of the tasks necessary to bring their event to life with the help and guidance of Life Vest Inside.

Life Vest Inside is proud to gift 10% of proceeds raised from Dance for Kindness regional locations to a non profit in that region on World Kindness Day! As a Group Leader YOU get to be a part of making it happen!

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Wanna be a Group Leader?

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Are You…A Team Player? Committed? Organized? Enthusiastic?
Then you are a natural born Group Leader!

Review the DFK Overview for further information or apply now!

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Group Leader Qualifications

Our goal is to help you become your best leader self.
As long as you are ready and willing to learn, we are happy to teach and guide!

Character

Group Leaders represent the organization and what we stand for. A Group Leader’s character and values needs to be in line with the core values of the organization.


We are looking for Group Leaders who demonstrate the following values:

  • Kindhearted, Genuine
  • Honest, Passionate
  • Trustworthy, Dedicated
  • Reliable, Enthusiastic
  • Respectful, Humble
Skill Sets

We are looking for Group Leaders who have or are willing to develop the following skill sets:


  • Organizational skills(time management, organized)
  • Relationship skills(networking, people person)
  • Communication skills(verbal, written, timelines)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic social media skills
  • Event planning experience is a plus

We DO NOT expect you to be a professional event planner in any way! We will be here to guide you every step of the way and will provide you with the resources you need! As long as you are willing to follow through and keep an open line of communication - you are in for an awesome experience!

What do Group Leader Responsibilities Entail?

(further details are found within the Handbook)

Secure Locations
  • Event Location
  • Rehearsal Space Location
Secure Sound Equipment
Appoint Head Dancer(s)
Recruit Participants and Team Members/Volunteers
Secure the following for event coverage:
  • Event Photographer
  • Event Videographer/Editor
  • Fundraising
Press Outreach

(NOT mandatory – more details in Handbook)

Event Promotion

(signage and social media)

Your DFK Gear

(NOT mandatory but highly recommended – more details in Handbook)

  • Acts of Kindness Cards
  • Event Flag
  • Event Apparel (T-Shirts, Hoodies, etc.)
Sponsorship Outreach

(NOT mandatory – more details in Handbook)

After Event Wrap Up

Provide the LVI team with all of the required materials after your event is over. This includes video footage, photos, any press coverage links, testimonials.

Dance for a Cause!

When you Dance for Kindness, Life Vest Inside will gift funds to a non profit in your local area. Now that's dancing with a purpose!

What will you dance for?

Become a Group Leader

How it Works

Steps to becoming an official Group Leader!

Apply to be a Group Leader. It’s simple! Just complete the form below and you’ll receive a confirmation with the official Group Leader Handbook.

Read

Read the Overview for some preliminary info. This will provide you with a step by step breakdown of your Leadership responsibilities and broaden your understanding of the event itself.

Email

Email us at info@danceforkindness.com and let us know you’ve read the Handbook and feel like you are ready to take on the responsibility of a Group Leader!

Watch

Watch the Official Dance for Kindness Behind the Scenes video tutorial showing you how things work on the backend for our Group Leaders. You will only receive this once you’ve read the Handbook.

Skype

Schedule a Skype session with LVI Founder, Orly Wahba, to discuss your game plan and ensure that you are ready for the task at hand!

Start Planning!

Begin making the event come to life! You’ll be connected to a support group with all of the global Group Leaders.

Still have a question? Check out our FAQ’s!

FAQ's

Apply to be a Group Leader

Lead your city in Life Vest Inside’s annual worldwide Dance for Kindness! The event will be taking place on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Download the application to review and prepare your responses before submitting! Want to learn more before applying? Check out FAQ’s.

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Word on the Street

Hear what other Group Leaders Have to Say!

“Being a Group Leader made me feel like I was part of a family that was going through everything with me.” – Adeyemi Bernard Olubiyi, Kharkov, Ukraine

“The sense of connection is part of what makes Life Vest Inside and Dance for Kindness so special. We truly are a kindness connection web!” – Gail Churape, Washington, USA

“The experience was great. I got to interact with so many different people around the globe. It made me feel more confident in my leadership skills.” – Afshan Hussain

“Being a Group Leader exposed me to a lot of things, like connecting more with who we are as human beings, to know and feel what kindness is. The event was a great tool for me to touch people’s lives positively. It really helped improve my communication skills and leadership skills.” – Obijimi Tobi

Watch our Group Leaders in Action!

The heart and soul of Dance for Kindness isn’t found within the dance steps, it’s found within our incredibly dedicated volunteer Group Leaders. They infuse the true magic into this event!

Have More Questions?!

Read our FAQ's

A Group Leader is the person in charge of organizing Dance for Kindness in their city. Every city will have at least one Group Leader. In some circumstances there will be co-leaders; 2-3 people organizing the event together.

As a Group Leader one of the most important things we ask is that you always communicate with us. Sometimes we take on more than we can handle, sometimes the unexpected happens – if you can’t do something or if you hit a roadblock, all we ask is that you communicate with us and let us know what you’re thinking. It’s natural to feel guilty and stop communicating, but communication is key! We will always respond to you and as Group Leader representing an organization focused on kindness – we expect the same from you

Things to consider:

  • Do I have the time? Read through the responsibilities and review the Handbook
  • Am I passionate about the mission of the organization? If you are connected to what the organization is about the likelihood is you won’t see things all the way through
  • Do I understand my responsibilities? If you’re unsure of something – ask! That’s what we’re here for! We want to be certain that you feel confident in your role.

Further details are found within the Handbook.

  • Secure Locations
    • Event Location
    • Rehearsal Space Location
  • Secure Sound Equipment
  • Appoint Head Dancer(s)
  • Recruit Participants and Team Members/Volunteers
  • Secure the following for event coverage:
    • Event Photographer
    • Event Videographer/Editor
  • Press Outreach (NOT mandatory – more details in Handbook)
  • Event Promotion (signage and social media)
  • Your DFK Gear: (NOT mandatory but highly recommended – more details in Handbook)
    • Acts of Kindness Cards
    • Event Flag
    • Event Apparel (T-Shirts, Hoodies, etc.)
  • Sponsorship Outreach (NOT mandatory – more details in Handbook)
  • After Event Wrap Up: Provide the LVI team with all of the required materials after your event is over. This includes video footage, photos, any press coverage links, testimonials.

Public Event vs Private Event
Almost all of our Dance for Kindness events are public events. Private events are generally events that are organized internally by a school or company; although some schools have joined public events in their city.

Public Event

  • Who can join: Can be joined by anyone and everyone.
  • Registration: Once dance registration opens, all participants MUST register for the event directly on the Dance for Kindness website. In turn they will receive an email with a link to our Learn the Dance page providing them with the tutorial video, songs, connection to their Group Leader and so much more!
  • Facebook Regional Page: Each public event will have their own Facebook Regional page making it easy for the Group Leader to communicate to all of the participants at the same time.
  • Communication with Participants: Since Group Leaders may not know all of the participants that register for their event, Group Leaders are responsible for emailing participants updates. LVI will provide Group Leaders with email templates making it simple to communicate and share.
  • Web presence: Each Public Event will have their own custom webpage on the Dance for Kindness website where photos, videos, testimonials etc will be posted.
  • Event Fee: Dance for Kindness serves as Life Vest Inside’s annual fundraiser. As such, a donation of $10 is collected as part of online registration. Please note: the donation does not apply to all cities as we tend to deal with many third world countries. Donations collected are 100% tax deductible and go directly to the non-profits year round initiatives. Please note: the donation fee is discussed and agreed upon with Group Leaders during our onboarding call. Please note: NO ONE WILL EVER GET TURNED AWAY FROM TAKING PART IN DANCE FOR KINDNESS BECAUSE OF THE FEE.
  • Kindness Gift: After the event is over, we will ask Group Leaders to submit a final list of their participants. We will hold a Kindness Raffle and one lucky winner will be gifted a complimentary copy of LVI Founder, Orly Wahba’s new book – Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts. This lesson-a-day book provides tangible steps to make a change in one’s life and is made up of an act of kindness, inspirational quote and short reflection on the power of paying it forward for each day of the year.

Private Event

  • Who can join: Cannot be joined by just anyone as this will be a closed event. Group Leaders determine who will participate in their event
  • Registration: Participants will not register through the Dance for Kindness website as this is a closed event. The Group Leader will be responsible for keeping track of their participants.
  • Facebook Regional Page: Group Leaders organizing Private Events can opt in to have a Regional Facebook page. If Group Leaders choose to have a page, we will create it and make them admin.
  • Communication with Participants: Since Private Events generally have an internal base of participants already, the Group Leader will be responsible to provide the dance tutorial video to their participants and update them with details about the event.
  • Web presence: Private Events, just like Public Events, will have their own custom webpage on the Dance for Kindness website where photos, videos etc will be posted.
    Event Fee: Since registration will not take place online, participants will not cover the $10 donation individually. As most of our Private Events are schools we ask schools for a contribution of $250 or $5 per participant. Details can be discussed on our onboarding call.
  • Kindness Gift: Each participating school/group will be gifted a complimentary copy of LVI Founder, Orly Wahba’s new book – Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts. This is a lesson-a-day book providing readers with tangible steps to make a change in their daily lives and has an act of kindness, inspirational quote and short reflection on the power of paying it forward for each day of the year. This is an amazing resource for both teachers, parents and companies.
  • Dance Tutorial: Step by step tutorial to learn the dance
  • DFK Songs: The official FreezeMob and FlashMob song
  • Group Leader Handbook: Provides you with a step by step guide of what it means to be a Group Leader and a breakdown of tasks. It includes:
    • Event Overview and description
    • Best practices and advice from past Group Leaders
    • Breakdown of tasks
    • Things to Do Checklist
    • After Event Follow up
    • Addendums:
      • FreezeMob positions
      • Release forms
      • Sample Press Release
  • Promotional Materials: We provide you with access to our shared Gdrive and Dropbox folder – giving you access to everything from print ready posters, postcards, social media copy, social media posts, graphics, press release, newsletter blurbs, blog posts, event hashtags, videos and more.
  • 24/7 Support: Join our Exclusive Group Leader Facebook group, providing you with the amazing support of our global leaders. Have questions, concerns – you’ll receive support in minutes!
  • Certificates of Participation: Create certificates to distribute or email to your participants or group that are taking part.

Group Leader application opens in the summer. The application process only last for two weeks, so pre-register so you’ll be kept in the know.

Not a problem! In many cases we have co-leaders. Sometimes co-leaders know each other and other times, we introduce two people that live in the same city that are interested in leading the event. This provides leaders with additional help to organize the event.

Only once you hop on a Skype call with Orly or one of our Group Leader coordinators will you be officially listed as a Group Leader. Simply getting the Handbook does not make you a Group Leader. You will need to follow the complete steps for applying.

Step 1: Apply
Step 2: Read the Handbook
Step 3: Watch the tutorial video
Step 4: Hop onto a Skype call
Step 5: Start planning – you are OFFICIAL!

Pre-registering just means you are interested in becoming a Group Leader and ensures that you will be the first to know when the Group Leader application process is open. It only remains open for two weeks, so it is recommended to pre-register. Once you receive an email that the application for Group Leaders is open, you will need to complete a separate form and then follow the steps listed in the questions above to be considered an official Group Leader.

The likelihood is that the email was caught by your spam or promotions folder. That would be the first place to check! Once you find it, you will want to add the email address to your address book and perhaps mark emails as priority so they will appear in your inbox. If you have checked your spam and promotions and still can’t find the email, shoot me an email and I will help you out: orly@lifevestinside.com

Nope! Every year, Life Vest Inside creates a new dance to a new song. Our head choreograph creates a tutorial video providing a step by step breakdown of the dance. When people register to dance, they will receive a link to our Learn the Dance page with the tutorial video, the official FreezeMob and FlashMob songs as well as contact info for our head choreograph should they have any questions. All you need to do is remind those that have registered to practice the dance steps prior to the rehearsal.

Not at all! You just need to be you! As a Group Leader you can always bring on board a Dance Lead – who will help run the rehearsal and teach the dance.

Our goal is to maximize the amount of people that see the event. While Dance for Kindness takes place around the world on the same day, each Group Leader will determine the best time for their local event. We always recommend a time that has high foot traffic in the area where you will be having your event go off.

It’s always recommended to host the event on the actual day of Dance for Kindness as this is a worldwide event. However, we have made exceptions for Group Leaders to host the event the day prior or after. You request will need to be approved first.

That’s the great thing about Dance for Kindness – anyone can be a Group Leader! We have had Group Leaders ranging from age 10 to age 76! You do, however, need to make sure you are committed to seeing the event through.

Almost all Dance for Kindness events are public. What that means is that when Dance Registration opens, anyone living in a specific city listed can register to take part in that event. Private events are not listed on the registration form. Private events have generally been school events, in which a school only wanted their students to take part in the event and not open it up to community members in the area.

While Group Leaders can spend money to purchase merchandise, the Dance for Kindness flag, Acts of Kindness cards, event posters, etc…this is completely the Group Leader’s choice! If the Group Leader does not have the capability to spend any money, there are plenty of ways to organize the event without spending any money. Some Group Leaders will fundraise to cover costs for certain things they would like for their event and some Group Leaders have become super creative by creating their own flags or getting things sponsored. We do have a sponsorship deck we can provide to Group Leaders to assist them in securing local sponsorship for the event.

Yes! We will provide you with a sponsorship deck, email templates and steps for reaching out to sponsors. You will need to do the actual outreach, but we will be here to guide you and provide support throughout the process.

Of course it always helps to have some sort of event management experience, but that should not stop you from becoming a Group Leader! Our team will be here to guide you every step of the way and teach you valuable skills that you will likely apply to other jobs or volunteerism you are involved in in the future. If you never try, you can never learn! Dance for Kindness has grown so rapidly because we have made it super simple for people to organize an event. You are provided with everything you need and if you need something we haven’t provided, we will get it to you!

Having some computer skills makes things easier, but that’s not to say that it should stop you if you don’t have those skills. Tons of Group Leaders have learned a tremendous amount of skillsets simply by going through the Group Leader process. We provide you with tutorials for just about everything and I can guarantee that you will most certainly apply those skills in both your professional and personal lives way after the event is over! If you are ready to learn, we are ready to teach!

I can’t tell you how many Group Leaders have entered our program shy, reserved and lacking confidence but left the program with a renewed sense of confidence, self-value and strength. I’ve seen Group Leaders blossom before my very eyes!

A permit request form is provided to Group Leaders in the Handbook. Depending on the city, an application may need to be submitted to the city to get permission to hold the event in a public space. The first step is to determine the best location in your city to host the event. Be mindful: the event takes place in November so keep weather conditions in mind when choosing either an indoor or outdoor location. Some Group Leaders have a backup location in case of weather issues.

We provide Group Leaders with a press release that can be customized for your specific city. In addition the Handbook details how to approach press in your city from local radio stations, to news outlets to newspapers or famous local podcasters and influencers. The more people you get speaking about the event, the better! Many of our Group Leaders have been featured on their national news stations. Check out our Press Page and see for yourself!

Our philosophy is that quality trumps quantity! While we would love to have millions of people dancing, no Group Leader is ever judged based on how many participants take part in their event. The importance is that we have people in as many places as possible dancing! We had locations with over 2,000 dancers and locations with 5 dancers – and each was successful in its own right! As long as you do your best, we are your biggest fans!

Once the Group Leader process is completed and we have a list of the cities where the event will take place, people can register directly on our website by selecting which city they will be dancing in. All participants for public events MUST register on the online form.

This varies by location. Dance for Kindness is a fundraiser for the non-profit, Life Vest Inside. That being said there is a $10 registration fee for cities within the US and Canada. Registration fees can vary based on the economical state of the area and recommendations from Group Leaders. Please note: no one will EVER be turned away from participating because they cannot afford the registration fee. Money collected through registration allows Life Vest Inside to orchestra this event in cities around the world and provide free service to many third world locations where the event takes place.

By far the greatest asset Group Leaders have is the Group Leaders closed FB group. This group is ONLY for Group Leaders and give all leaders an opportunity to connect with one another, ask questions and get support! There are loads of veteran Group Leaders who are always willing to lend a hand, provide support and give you the boost of energy and confidence you need when things get tough!

First off, raising funds isn’t a responsibility – we want you to see this as an opportunity! An opportunity to be a part of bringing about change both worldwide and in your own backyard! Raising funds allows Life Vest Inside to continue its amazing work and allows us as an organization to gift hundreds of non profits around the world on World Kindness Day.

If you are a Group Leader for a city in the US, the organization must:

  • Be a registered 501(c)(3)
  • Serve the local community
  • In existence for at least 3 years

If you are a Group Leader for a city outside of the US, the organization must:

  • Be a registered non profit in your country
  • Must serve the local community in some way
  • In existence for at least 3 years

Life Vest Inside will give the final approval of the organization during the onboarding call.

Funds raised include:

  • Registration fee for all participants collected on the Dance for Kindness website
  • Funds raised through the Group Leaders fundraising activities (if applicable). For example, some Group Leaders have organized bake sales, car washes, etc…

Funds raised through the Group Leaders fundraising activities can be used to help cover costs of their local event, however those funds spent to cover costs will not be a part of the total from which the 10% donation will be given.

For example, if a Group Leader raised $5,000 and spent $500 to cover costs of the event, $4,500 will be given to Life Vest Inside and Life Vest Inside will then donate 10% of those funds ($450) to the local non profit. Please note that donations to the local non profit are not to be given by the individual Group Leader but rather through Life Vest Inside. In this way, you will be a part of helping Life Vest Inside contribute donations to hundreds of non profit all on World Kindness Day.

For a more in depth understanding of Group Leader roles and responsibilities, read our Group Leader Handbook.