Thompson Rivers University

The Sweater Dance—a virtual dance party raising awareness about climate change


Get your groove—and your sweater—on and dance for climate change!

On Friday, Feb. 5, the TRU Sustainability Office invites you to join The Sweater Dance—a virtual living-room dance party intended to raise awareness about climate change.

Invite your COVID-bubble friends and dance the night away on Friday, Feb. 5 from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

You can dance if you want to or just watch your friends have fun. You can even ignore the screen completely if you’re tired of computers. Just come, enjoy the music and take action on climate change while dancing in your sweater to the music of DJ Common Sound.

What is it?

It’s a COVID-friendly virtual dance party in support of climate change action and awareness. The event is intended for all students, staff and faculty members from any of BC’s 25 public universities or colleges!

Why is it happening?

The TRU Sustainability Office wants you to have fun, dance and raise awareness about climate change. During the dance, please turn down the heat by 0.5 to 2 degrees and put on a sweater to stay warm. We are excited to see your sweater, so don’t forget to wear one.

When is it?

Friday, Feb. 5 2021, 9-10:30 p.m.

Where is it?

The Sweater Dance is being hosted virtually via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams so you can join in your living room or any COVID-safe space. You will need to download the video conferencing application before the event starts if you don’t already have it. We will send you details regarding which platform will be used. Make sure your camera works and set up your audio so you get the best sound for your dance party space!

Who can join?

Current students, staff or faculty members from any of BC’s 25 public universities or colleges! Space is limited so register early.

How do I register?

The registration deadline is Feb. 1 at midnight. You will need an official email address from your BC university or college to join—for example, at TRU it could be or Register by emailing and write ‘Sweater Dance’ in the subject line. We will email you a response with a link to the TRU Sweater Dance by midnight on Feb. 3.

Three Contests

  1. What’s Your Favourite Dance Song? We want to know what your favourite dance songs are so we can play them at the dance, so we’re having a contest! To enter, either email your song choices to (write ‘Dance Songs’ in the subject line) or follow the contest on our social media channelsFacebook, Twitter or Instagram—and comment on the contest posts with your favourite dance songs. If you send us even one song, your name will go into the contest draw for a chance at winning one of three great prizes valued at $50 geach. The contest closes January 31 and winners will be announced during the dance. Send lots of songs!
  2. The SweatiesThe sweater contest. The Sweaties contest has started and will last until the Sweater Dance event ends. There are three categoriesugliest sweater, funkiest sweater and coziest sweater. The winner of each category will win a $50 gift certificate to a local merchant in their home community. Enter by either emailing a selfie of you in your sweater to (write ‘Sweaties’ in the subject line) or follow the contest on our social media channelsFacebook, Twitter or Instagramand post a selfie of you wearing your favourite sweater on the contest posts. Winners will be announced Feb. 8.
  3. Climate Change TriviaThe dance will kick-off with a seven-minute climate change trivia contest hosted by TRU’s Eco Club. There are some great prizes so be ready!

Still have questions?
Email James Gordon with the TRU Sustainability Office at!