Photos: Dance Marathon 25

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Dance Marathon entered its 25th year at the University of Iowa in a grandiose fashion. In the midst of thousands of participants dancing in the Iowa Memorial Union main ballroom, tender moments transpired; Daily Iowan photographers continue to scour the IMU during the Big Event for juxtaposed scenes of jubilation and melancholy.

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  • Dancers wait for the event to start before Dance Marathon 25 officially begins on Feb. 1, 2019.

    Michael Guhin

  • The crowd cheers for the donation from iHeart Radio during Dance Marathon 25 on Feb. 1, 2019.

    Michael Guhin

  • An impromptu dance circle breaks out during Dance Marathon 25 on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

    Nick Rohlman

  • A dancer is seen during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Dance Marathon Executive Director Charlie Ellis smiles among a crowd of dancers during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

    Jenna Galligan

  • DJ Big D celebrates his last UI Dance Marathon during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

    Jenna Galligan

  • Dancers keep moving during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Two Dance Marathon family members share a quiet moment during Dance Marathon 25 on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

    Nick Rohlman

  • Dancers listen to a presentation on stage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Dance Marathon Executive Director Charlie Ellis is seen during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • A dancer dressed as a lion busts a move during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. As the Big Event moved into its fourth hour, participants showed no signs of slowing down.

  • Aubree "Aubs" Dunn, 21, of Iowa City leads dancers in singing Taylor Swift songs during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. This year is her 21st Dance Marathon.

  • A dancer during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Dancers keep moving during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • A dancer during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Dancers play games on stage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • A dancer during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • A morale captain assistant cheers on families as they arrive onstage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

    Jenna Galligan

  • Dancers play a game of bags during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Participants bust a move during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Participants bust a move during the fifth hour of Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Dancers storm the stage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, February 1, 2019.

  • Morale captains perform their routine during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • A young boy rests in the ball pit during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. From doing crafts to playing dress-up, families kept busy during hour 17.

  • Dancers learn a morale captain routine during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Dancers bust a move during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Dancers hit the "Cha-Cha Slide" during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • A DJ poses for a portrait during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

  • Ravidrums hypes up dancers during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

    Nick Rohlman

  • Ravidrums holds a microphone out to the crowd during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

    Nick Rohlman

  • Dancers sing along to "Otherside" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers during a performance by Ravidrums during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

    Nick Rohlman

  • Kids run around the Lion Room during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. From doing crafts to playing in the ball pit, families kept busy during hour 17.

  • Morale captains take the stage during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Members of the Dance Marathon 25 executive team play a round of "Box of Lies" during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • A dancer prints her thumbprint on the "Dancing in Our Hearts" memorial during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The room is dedicated to kids who lost their lives to childhood cancer.

  • Participants continue to groove in the early morning hours during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • A dancer brushes her teeth while in line for the women's restroom during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • Dancers celebrate the halfway mark during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • Dancers celebrate the halfway point during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • From left: Ben Allington and Emily Sullivan dance during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. "I want to do something to benefit people fighting cancer," Allington said. "I've had loved ones die from it and I want to be able to give back somehow."

  • A dancer massages her feet with a tennis ball during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • People dance during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • Participants dance in the early morning hours during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

  • From left: Alexandra Anderson and Alex Anderson dance to music during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. "We're roommates with the same name," said Alex said. "We met on the Facebook group and wanted to be room together. Now, we are doing dance marathon as a team."

  • A UIDM family chats with their group of dancers during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Each family has a team of dancers that support the family during the Big Event.

  • Children dance along with the Morale Captains during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Dancers dance along to the music during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • A dancer spectates during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

    Lily Smith

  • The Liddle family speaks to the dancers during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

    Lily Smith

  • Kids run around the Lion Room during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. From doing crafts to playing in the ball pit, families kept busy during hour 17.

  • A young boy rests in the ball pit during Dance Marathon 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 2, 2019. From doing crafts to playing dress-up, families kept busy during hour 17.

  • Ribbons are seen during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

    Lily Smith

  • A performer sings during the Kid's Talent Show at Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

  • Aubree "Aubs" Dunn, 21, performs "Shake It Up" by Taylor Swift during Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, February 2, 2019. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

    Lily Smith

  • Aubree "Aubs" Dunn, performs during the Kid's Talent Show at Dance Marathon 25 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

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