Dance Marathon 30 Gala

Join us in celebrating the University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s 30th anniversary at our inaugural Gala!

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We have raised $34,346,018.69  for our Dance Marathon kids and families!

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that provides year-round support to youth cancer patients 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. Dancers remain standing (if able) for the full 24 hours with no caffeine allowed!  Please continue through the site to find more information about our activities and events. Thank you.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event 2019

How to be a Dancer

When registering for Dance Marathon you will pick a Miracle Group, and your group’s Morale Captain and Lime Captain will provide fundraising resources, plan social activities to meet people, and keep you informed of what’s happening within the organization.

Read the dancer FAQs
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Meet The Families

We want you to meet some of our amazing families and hear about their journey with cancer and Dance Marathon!

View family stories
Garrett Matthias family address the crowd at Iowa Dance Marathon

Mini Dance Marathons

Dance Marathon is not just for college students. UI Dance Marathon partners with elementary, middle, and high schools to get kids of all ages to join the fight against pediatric cancer.

Learn more

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Registered Dancers in 2022

$ 34M

Raised For Kids Since 1995

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Big Event Memories from DM26

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
The Big Event is just around the corner and with that comes a lot of memories for me and questions for dancers who have not experienced the Big Event yet

UIDM 29 Big Event Press Release

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
On February 3rd and 4th, the University of Iowa Dance Marathon will have its annual Big Event. The event will take place from 7:00 PM Friday to 7:00 PM Saturday.

A Reflection from a Dance Marathon Senior

Saturday, January 7, 2023
As my time in Dance Marathon nears its end, I have recently reflected on these past four years in this organization and all the memories, friendships, and inspiration it has given me.

DM29 Big Event Recap Video