Pink Glove Dance 2016 Competition FAQ

Here’s a quick list of the most common questions about Pink Glove Dance and Medline’s Generation Pink gloves. We’ll update this with questions that you submit that might also benefit others. So if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, go ahead and ask us about it!

Who is eligible?

The Contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) and regions or territories, who are not otherwise ineligible under the Official Rules. Ultimately, the video entry must be submitted by one entrant ("Entry Spokesperson") who is of legal age as of the time of entry. The Entry Spokesperson will submit the video (and other materials) on behalf of all persons and organizations depicted in the submitted video. Again, see the Official Rules for details.

What songs can I use in the video?

Check our Video Content Page at the bottom for links to the songs. You can also find the songs posted on the Pink Glove Dance Facebook page.

Can we cut and splice the song or does it have to stay true to the original 90 second segments – meaning can we cut the beginning and end of the song together and cut out the middle part?

It is ok to use different parts of the same song as proposed.  What we don't want are mash-ups where multiple songs are blended together, which would create a transformative work under copyright law and which would arguably destroy the integrity of the songs in contravention of the rules.

How do I accurately identify the category to enter?

There are three categories based off of actual participating facilities. If your facility is part of a healthcare system, only your specific facility's beds count towards the category.

Small-Bed Category: Healthcare entity (acute or long-term healthcare system or standalone healthcare provider) with 1 to 299 beds (excluding bassinets) physically existing and actually available for patient overnight use, as of May 2, 2016.

Large-Bed Category: Healthcare entity (acute or long-term healthcare system or standalone healthcare provider) with 300 or more beds (excluding bassinets) physically existing and actually available for patient overnight use, as of May 2, 2016.

Non-Bed Healthcare/Non-Healthcare Organization Category: Any other eligible entity, including but not limited to: (a) a healthcare entity that does not admit patients overnight; or (b) a non-healthcare entity, such as a school, city/municipal department, for-profit or not-for-profit business, or club.


What types of files can I submit?

Video entries that are submitted electronically should be a deinterlaced, high-definition (HD) recordings in one of the following formats: .mov, .mpeg4, .avi, .wmv, .mpegps, .flv, ,3gpp or WebM. Files must be smaller than 2 GB.

How do I vote for my favorite video?

Beginning September 12, 2016, all the videos will be posted on Viewers can vote for their favorite video on this site. You can vote once per day through a validated email account.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced on September 30, 2016.

What do I get if I win?

The winning videos based on public votes will receive a donation from Medline in their name to a breast cancer charity of their choice (subject to Medline Industries, Inc. review). 1st place in each category will receive $10K for their charity, 2nd place will win $5K for their charity and 3rd place will win $2.5K for their charity. The overall winner will also receive an additional $5K for their charity.


When can I submit? What is the deadline?

The key dates for the Pink Glove Dance Competition are:

Submit by

Voting begins

Voting closes

Winner announced

August 5, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

September 30, 2016

What happens after my video is submitted?

Your entries are reviewed to ensure they are complete and in compliance with the entry requirements set forth in the Official Rules. We’ll try to let you know if you’re missing something but can’t guarantee how long that will take, so make sure your entry is complete and submitted before the deadline. All winners will be chosen by vote based on the Judging Criteria set forth in the Official Rules using a validated online voting system through the Pink Glove Dance website. The winners will be announced on September 30, 2016.

Why have a Pink Glove Dance video Competition?

2016 marks the sixth year of the Medline Pink Glove Dance video competition. The competition started because of the overwhelming and enthusiastic response to the original Pink Glove Dance video, featuring 200 workers from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon dancing in support of breast cancer awareness and prevention. To date, the original video has more than 14 million views, nearly 12,000 comments and 34,000 likes on YouTube®.

Medline was flooded with calls, emails and letters about the joy the video was bringing to people and communities around the world. In 2010, Medline produced a sequel featuring 11 hospitals, 3 nursing homes and 4,000 pink glove dancers and breast cancer survivors from around the US and Canada. But the calls kept coming from organizations asking about the next video.

So, in 2011, Medline launched a competition open for anyone who wanted to make their own Pink Glove Dance video. Since then, over 250,000 people have danced in the competition and the number keeps growing.


Where can I get pink gloves?

To get you started, we will send you a box of 100 gloves free of charge when you register, unless prohibited by state or local law. If you need additional gloves to complete your video, contact your Medline representative or contact us directly at 844-895-1194.

What other information should I know?

Videos should be no more than 90 seconds long.

Participants must partner with another local community organization—team up to make the best video you can!

Entrants must raise at least $2,000 and donate the money to a breast cancer charity of choice. The deadline to raise money is August 5, 2016. You can submit a scanned Proof of Donation with your entry for send confirmation to us at


How did the idea for the Pink Glove Dance come about?

As the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, Medline understands a women’s breast cancer detection journey—ripe with fear of breast cancer and the anxiety associated with the exam. It’s uncomfortable. It’s no fun at all. But it’s necessary. To help ease that journey and take the scary out of the exam, Medline introduced the first pink exam gloves and created the Pink Glove Dance campaign to honor healthcare workers and the patients they care for. When it comes to breast cancer detection exams, pink matters.

Medline is donating a portion of the proceeds from each sale of the Generation Pink® gloves and other Medline pink branded products to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Since 2005, Medline has donated nearly $1.7 million to the NBCF to help fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them, as well as other educational and prevention resources.

Who can I contact with any questions?

For questions or more information, you can reach the Medline Pink Glove Dance team at 844-895-1194 or by emailing your questions to

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