A whistle-stop tour of press coverage from this dancing odyssey. You can click on many of the titles for the full story.
BBC Radio Somerset – 5th November 2012
Wesley Smith reports as Ben restarts his charity dance marathon from the scene of the hit and run.
BBC Points West – 3rd November 2012
BBC Radio Bristol – 3rd November 2012
BBC Radio Wiltshire / BBc Radio Somerset – 2nd November 2012
“Teacher hit on charity dance resumes challenge”
“Dancer goes on as crash driver banned”
The daily mail details the sentence received by the lady who bumped into Ben and Alice. And says that Ben’s 24 years old (must be his baby face…)
Express Online follow the story, and get Ben’s age right.
A double-page spread featuring Ben’s blog post in which he describes the hit and run.
The BBC report the outcome of the case.
BBC Points West – 1st October 2012
Ben catches up with BBC Points West as he dances across the Severn Bridge…
Ben is forced to postpone his dance…
BBC Radio Somerset – 12th October 2012
“Bradford on Avon fundraiser hasn’t stopped dancing yet”
Breeze Radio – 8th October 2012
BBC Radio Wiltshire – 5th October 2012
BBC Points West – 5th October 2012
BBC Radio Bristol – 4th October 2012
Wiltshire Times – 4th October 2012
The paper featured an article and photographs of Ben dancing with the Mayor through his hometown of Bradford-on-Avon.
“That’s what I call country dancing” The Bath Chronicle wins the prize for best Dance Britain headline!
Dance Britain gets a mention in The Irrawaddy.
Ben features on BBC Wiltshire.
Ben begins the dance through his home county of Wiltshire.
The children of Ravenbank Primary School in Lymm put on their dancing shoes.
Toe tapping Ben waltzes into Brighouse at the halfway stage of the challenge.
Ben boogies with Ruth Bull, headteacher at Glendale Middle School.
Cheers and waves greet Ben as he passes through Huddersfield on his journey towards Lands End.
Ben shimmies and strikes a pose in Queensferry!
England’s first school helps Ben on his journey…
“School cheer for end-to-end dancer”
“Waltzing across the country for a worthy cause”
BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire – 14th July 2012
Ben chats to broadcaster Elliot Webb about the epic challenge to come & how people from the area can join in.
Ben strikes a rather fetching pose and asks residents of Stratford-upon-Avon to join him on his epic dancing quest!
BBC Four – 15th June 2012
Ben features as part of BBC Four’s ‘Glastonbury After Hours’ hour-long documentary.
Dance Britain for Burma is featured as one of Vodafone’s top ‘World of Difference’ projects.
Ben features as one of Amnesty International UK’s ‘Heroes’…
BBC Radio 2 – 14th December 2011
Ben guests as the world’s longest dancer on Radio 2′s hour-long documentary featuring the story of dance marathons through the ages.
Article from LondonDance.com on Ben’s ’5 days of dancing’ !
Brilliant article written by online Burma news specialists Mizzima (check out that crowd supporting Ben in his final minutes!)
Ben reaches the heady heights of being ‘Londoner of the Day’! Simon Bull’s article highlights Ben’s marathon adventures, including one fateful ‘Cheryl Cole’ outfit…
Check it out – a rather fetching photo of Ben 4 days in… Early morning sun was an issue!
London24 take a liking to Ben’s dancing attire, as he sports “a different look for each [silent disco slot] – from Kylie’s infamous white one-piece to a fetching tutu.”
Free to Dance features in Time Out’s top 50 things to do in London in October.
Londonist preview the world’s greatest silent disco…
In an interview during the build-up to the event, Ben reveals what he though his biggest challenge would be during the 135 hours (amazingly, ‘dancing’ is not it)…
Piece written by Caroline King, helping us get the word out there!
Lovely article from the Guardian highlighting Ben’s 72hours of Glastonbury Festival grooving… it even made page 3 of their Glastonbury special!
Worthy FM – 24th June 2011
The lovely people at Worthy FM caught up with Ben as he danced his way around Glastonbury and did a 5 min interview for their Glastonbury radio station.
Very, very cool London street blog ‘Yin&Yang’ picks up our story and runs with it… thanks guys! Warning: once you get to their blog, you may never leave…!
Move over Beyonce! Ben’s festival moves make headlines in this Zest article: “Busting a groove at Glastonbury”. Great pic of Ben in his dancing element!! Zest have been following Ben’s Free to Dance challenge since June and are looking forward to October’s world record attempt.
An amazingly in-depth feature and interview with Ben during his visit to the Thai-Burma border in early May.
BBC Radio London – 17th April 2011
BBC Radio London grab Ben for an interview at the London Marathon start line and catch up with him 7 miles in as he dances past the crowds in Greenwich!
Capital FM – 15th April 2011
Breakfast Radio host Lisa Snowdon puts Ben’s question to Paula Radcliffe – “what song would help her get to the finish if she were dancing her way round?!”
Dancing Times – 15th April 2011
A snappy run-down of Ben’s London Marathon dancing attempt, beginning enthusiastically with ‘ “I’m worried,” says Ben. “Six hours is my injury-free maximum so far…’
Ben is top of Sky News’ build-up coverage in advance of the London Marathon! An ‘Editor’s Pick’, and even on the front page for a day!
A hilarious piece by Zoe Williams headlining with the lengths people like Ben go to to raise money at the London Marathon.
BBC Radio 2 – 14th April 2011
DJ Dave Pearce gets his listeners to text in suggestions for songs for Ben to dance the London Marathon to.
BBC Radio 5 Live – 13th April 2011
Ben gets to apologise live to the entire nation in advance of letting his dancing moves loose on an unsuspecting public during Anita…
An in-depth interview focusing on Ben’s public dance training exploits in the build-up to the London Marathon.
Late one night Ben featured on Tony Livesey’s show on BBC Radio Five Live… and a new dance craze was created…!
The New Internationalist’s Blog features an interesting piece about Burma and Ben’s dancing answer to help raise awareness of its situation.
A nice article in Ben’s most local newspaper showcasing the March FREEMOB around the streets of central London.
The South London Press covers our first ever live Free to Dance FREEMOB with a nice pic and article…
Burma and Thailand online newspaper Mizzima gets word of our March 6th FREEMOB too.
As does Dance Today magazine with a fabulous piece on the forthcoming FREEMOB and how all and sundry can join in.
Time FM – 6th March 2011
On the morning of the FREEMOB Ben features on Anna Cookson’s Time FM show and gets a request in for a song to get everyone moving.
Excitingly our first London FREEMOB event becomes a prestigious ‘Editor’s Pick’ of Time Out London.
Ruth Ling writes a Burma-focused piece on the forthcoming Free to Dance FREEMOB in central London for the global to local news source.
A nice blog article from specialist sustainable development blog Scriptoria, describing Free to Dance as a campaign which ‘stands out from the crowd’.
Ben features in the weekly educational newspaper the Times Educational Supplement as a ‘teacher in the news’, no less.
BBC Radio Manchester – 16th January 2011
Ben features on Darryl Morris’ show on BBC Radio Manchester after his trip up to Manchester in early January.
Very cool London events listing and review site LeCool promotes our London FREEMOB to its in-the-know, hip and happening readership… brilliant!
Mercury – 14th November 2010
Ben’s tale of dancing freedom makes it to the households of Greenwich and Lewisham curteousy of South London’s ‘Mercury’.
Martin Lewis Money Saving Email – 10th November 2010
Ben’s first video (him dancing across the country to see if people are really Free to Dance) makes it into Martin Lewis’ weekly moneysaving email… which finds its way to a whopping 5 million inboxes!
South London Press – 2nd November 2010
Ben makes his entry into the world of news media with a piece in the South London Press. Nice jim jams, Ben…