About Dance Marathon
The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that provides year-round support to youth cancer victims and their families. Students plan and participate in Family Events and Mini-Dance Marathons. 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.
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.
Dancers are the backbone of Dance Marathon. Once registered, they raise $425 (or more!) so they can dance at the BIG Event. 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! Dancers are there for the entire marathon - 24 hours - with no sitting down! Each dancer is assigned a Morale Group, through which they meet fellow dancers and get all the information they need to ensure they know what's going on.