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Global Waggle Dance Challenge

What is it?

The Global Online Waggle Dance Challenge is a fun activity that promotes interest in honey bees. The dance mimics the extraordinary way honey bees communicate and celebrates bees’ crucial role in pollination and food security.

The Global Online Waggle Dance has been designed to allow people to unite from anywhere in the world from the safety of their own home so that they can become part of this global celebration.

Who can be involved?

Everyone, individuals, school groups, businesses, all welcome.


Our goal is to have 20,000 waggle dance videos uploaded, from 20 countries in 2020, to represent the 20,000 species of bees that exist globally.

Bees Waggle Dance

Honeybees are known to communicate in a dance language called the waggle dance. It is an important part of how they provide food for the bee community.

The direction the bee moves in relation to the hive indicates direction of the food source (pollen or nectar); if it moves vertically, the direction to the food source is directly towards the sun.

The duration of the waggle part of the dance signifies the distance from the hive.

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The person whose name is on this registration

  • MUST be the parent or guardian of any child under the age of 18 who appears on the video
  • takes responsibility for assuring that any adult appearing in the video also agrees to abide by the terms and conditions.



1. Register Now (free)

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with full instructions on how to participate in this Waggle Dance Challenge.​

2. Learn the Dance

Watch the instruction video below to learn the dance, or use it to follow along.

3. Upload your video

You will receive the link after registration, to upload your performance of the Waggle Dance.

Instructional Video & Music

Music is available for download from Spotify, Google Play & iTunes.

Search for The Waggle Dance by Gus MacMillan & Jane McCracken.

There are 2 versions of The Waggle music available. We have used the shorter version (1:53) for the choreographed waggle dance.

Get it on Google Play

Waggle 2020 Compilation Release

We will release a final 2020 Waggle Dance compilation, with all the  submitted videos from 2020 will be released on the 20th of January 2021.  

The 2020 Global Online Waggle Dance Challenge is an Australian-led global celebration and is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, Rotarians for Bees and The Wheen Bee Foundation