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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Dancers offered incentives to continue moving throughout the night

Dance Marathon is all about the dancers and volunteers helping the kids, but there is also the aspect of dancers needing some extra help too. Several initiatives serve to help dancers get through the 24 hours that can be hard on their feet as well as their spirits. As dancers are not allowed to sit […]

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Local business brings incentive to run during the Big Event

Dance Marathon isn’t all about dancing — it’s about running as well. Dance Marathon the Marathon, sponsored by the local Running Wild, is encouraging students to sign up to participate in this year’s running marathon. Last year, Dance Marathon the Marathon raised $70,000 and had roughly 100 runners running in the Chicago Marathon. “This year […]

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Break dancers put on a show at the Big Event

In the IMU ballroom, everyone is dancing: University of Iowa Children’s Hospital patients, volunteers, dancers and, on stage, a break dancing team. The UI Breakers, who have been involved in Dance Marathon since 2008, celebrated their fifth year being invited to Dance Marathon to perform late Friday night. The dancers said that being involved in […]

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