Dance Marathon celebrates cancer-free families through graduation ceremony

An aisle widened within the packed ballroom, leading up to the stage. Pomp and Circumstance played over the speakers — but in contrast to the solemnity that usually comes with graduation, cheers and applause pressed against the walls of the ballroom. Amid the bright and crazy colors of dancers, children marched in gold graduation gowns, […]

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Talent portion of the Big Event showcases kids love for Dance Marathon

The tables were turned when the student dancers became the cheering supporters and the children took the stage for Dance Marathon’s annual talent show. For Sarah Waul, eight years old, the talent show meant giving back to those that supported her through treatment. “She just loves Dance Marathon,” said Kevin Waul, Sarah’s father. “She loves […]

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Mini Dance Marathon pulls out all the stops for kids who cannot make it to IMU

For the Kids. The chant that can be heard every hour, throughout the IMU — everyone is dancing for the kids. And just across the river, Dance Marathon reaches out to the children staying in the hospital. For the second year, the UI Children’s Hospital hosted its own “mini Dance Marathon” in the gymnasium for […]

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Reynolds stops by Big Event, Branstad unable to attend for second consecutive year

Cutting off her own introduction, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds thanked the cheering crowd of dancers for all they have done. For the second year in a row, Gov. Terry Branstad was unable to attend the event, with Reynolds speaking on his behalf. “He would be here, but his father is experiencing health problems—he is with […]

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Greek life plays large role in Big Event

Nine a.m. brought more than just breakfast to some of the dancers. Members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority brought goody bags to their dancing sisters in a show of support. “They are cheering us on, saying you’re almost done, keep going,” said sorority member Katie Rhodes. The bright purple and green bags were laden […]

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Game room provides break for both dancers and the families

In the midst of countless stories, endless songs playing loudly over speakers and constant dancing, Dance Marathon participants can take a break in the game room — where flat screens cover the walls and video games are heard throughout the air. The room — sponsored and hosted by Best Buy — has worked with Dance […]

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Serving up pancakes, Dance Marathon style

Pancakes soar through the air before landing on the plates of hungry dancers. A group of elderly people make pancakes by the dozens to feed the participants of the Big Event breakfast, after a long 12 hours of dancing, but not without adding their own twist to the process. To deliver the dancers their pancakes, […]

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Big Event participants give a few inches to Locks of Love

Hair danced in the air as dozens of dancers lined up to shave their heads and cut their hair — all in the name of the kids. Nerves and excitement filled the air as girls held up their newly detached hair and guys touched their bare heads. “Well I actually shaved my head last year […]

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Dancers close in on halfway point, newcomers show no signs of stopping

As Dance Marathon 19 approaches its halfway mark, new dancers look forward to what the day time will bring and have no doubt they can make it to the end. “There’s an energy here in the room,” first time dancer David Wandolowski, said. “You can’t even tell what time it is. People have a smile […]

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Project Marrow asking for donations throughout the Big Event

One group at the Big Event tonight is asking Dance Marathon participants to step out of their comfort zone to give a little more. Project Marrow, run through the University of Iowa, is dedicated to finding bone marrow matches by asking dancers to swab their cheeks and dedicate themselves to becoming a match for a […]

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