About Dance Marathon

Mission Statement

University of Iowa Dance Marathon creates and sustains special projects to provide emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Children's Hospital

The Program

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that provides year-round support to youth cancer victims and their families. The Big Event is a 24-hour Dance Marathon where students assemble to celebrate the children survivors and remember the children who have passed away throughout the year. Students plan and participate in Family Events and Mini-Dance Marathons. Additionally, they participate in other University of Iowa sponsored and affiliated activities and events, the majority of which are all philanthropic.

The primary goal of these activities is to raise additional money for children with cancer and to educate the community about the struggles and triumphs of these little warriors. Please continue through the site to find more information on these marvelous activities and events.

The Big Event

University of Iowa Dance Marathon Main Event is a 24-hour long dance marathon. All Dancers that have raised the required amount of money are invited to participate in "The Big Event." All the Families sponsored by Dance Marathon participate in the event and many do so for the full 24 hours.

At the Big Event, Dancers remain standing for the full 24 hours with no caffeine allowed! Live entertainment and a DJ help pass the time along with performances by local bands, University Dance and Theatre groups, and speeches given by many of the Dance Marathon families!