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University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s “Big Event” will be virtual this February

Participants dance during the Power Hour in UI Dance Marathon 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Over 2,500 dancers partook in the event to help raise money for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.
The executive council of Dance Marathon has decided to hold their Big Event, a 24-hour dance party fundraiser, online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 16, 2020

Dance Marathon will be holding their “Big Event” virtually for the 2020-21 academic year because of the ongoing pandemic. The date of the fundraiser was also pushed from Feb. 5 to Feb. 26. The...

UI student organizations adapt to COVID-19, off-campus format

Kate Berlant performs during the CAB comedy show on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the IMU.
After campus closed due to community spread of COVID-19 in March, student organizations at the University of Iowa are adapting to virtual communication with the goal of keeping the Hawkeye community alive and engaged amid the global pandemic.
April 19, 2020

The university-wide move to a digital format canceled events and pushed all meetings online for student organizations, but members and leaders are finding ways to stay connected and plan for the fall...

‘Dancing in Our Hearts’ room remembers children who died from cancer at UIDM 26

Dancing in our hearts plays during  Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
The University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26 commemorated those who died to cancer in a room of remembrance called Dancing in Our Hearts.
February 8, 2020

While bright colors and party music celebrated survivors of cancer and those still fighting the illness in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge downstairs, dim lights and calming tunes set a tone of remembrance...

Dance Marathon 26 raises $2.8 million ‘For the Kids’

The final total is shown during  Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Feb. 8.
After 24-hours of dancing for the kids, the final tote board reveals that $2,879,755.26 has been raised for pediatric cancer.
February 8, 2020

After 24-hours without caffeine, sleeping, or the comfort of a chair, participants in the 26th University of Iowa Dance Marathon screamed and cried as the final tote board revealed that Dance Marathon...

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26 participants dance it out at Power Hour

Participants dance during the Power Hour in UI Dance Marathon 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
In the last hour of the 26th UI Dance Marathon, dancers come together for a final hour of upbeat music and dancing before the Dancing in our Hearts video and final fundraising total.
February 8, 2020

In the last hour of the Big Event, Dance Marathon participants crowded together in a huddle, clutching glowsticks in their palms. Upbeat music played in the background, a constant reminder of energy as...

Ten kids celebrate being five years cancer-free at Dance Marathon 26

Kids switch their tassle to the right during Kiddo Graduation at Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)
The University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s “kiddo graduation” tradition recognized 10 children for their five-year cancer-free anniversary on Saturday.
February 8, 2020

“Congratulations to the class of 2020.” Not the class of 2020 finishing out this academic year, but the one celebrating its anniversary of being five years cancer free. Smiling faces and teary eyes...

Dance Marathon 26 recognizes top fundraisers for pediatric cancer

(From left) Haley Talbot, Emily Yeast, and Audi Zapf receives awards for raising the most money of organizers and students during Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
In the eighteenth hour of Dance Marathon 26, an awards ceremony recognized the top fundraisers within individual dancers, greek chapters, and student organizations.
February 8, 2020

A little over 18 hours into University of Iowa’s 26th year of Dance Marathon, students and organizations who contributed the most for pediatric cancer were recognized in an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon. These...

Kiddo talent show rocks the main ballroom

Max performs during the Dance Marathon Kiddo Talent Show  at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)
Dance Marathon 26’s kiddo talent show featured performances from singers, dancers, and everything in between.
February 8, 2020

From singing and dancing to classical violin solos, this year’s “Kiddo Talent Show” displayed the many skills of Dance Marathon 26’s members on Saturday. The show started out with kiddo Max’s...

Dance Marathon participants are ‘re-energized’ as they reach the halfway point

Dancers participate in the halfway mark of Dance Marathon in the IMU Main Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Dancers listened to “Livin on a Prayer” to mark the halfway point.
Dancers, captains, and representatives have reached the halfway point at this year’s 26th annual Dance Marathon. Despite a lack of sleep and constant movement, the fight “for the kids” continues.
February 8, 2020

In a sea of lime green, tie-dye, purple, pink, blue, and accompanied by University of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawkeye, dancers at the 26th annual Dance Marathon reached the halfway mark in the IMU ballroom...

University of Iowa Dance Marathon brings new sustainability efforts to Big Event

Composite, Landfill, and Recycling bins were placed outside the Food Court inside the IMU during The Dance Marathon. The event took place in the IMU from Friday, February 7 to Saturday, February 8 of 2020.
For the 26th annual Dance Marathon, the student organization will start two new sustainability practices — dancers will reuse their old bags and TerraCycle to reduce the Big Event’s environmental impact.
February 8, 2020

Hundreds of dancers and families gather together for the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event each year, and new sustainable practices within the student organization aim to help reduce the waste...

Thompson and Company father and daughter hold hands, donate hair on main stage

Thompson and Company Owner Bobby Thompson poses for a portrait with his daughter Lola Thompson during the Short Hair Don't Care event at Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Feb. 8, 2019. Thompson has been cutting hair for the event for four years. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)
At University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26, the co-director of Thompson & Co. Bobby Thompson and his 7-year-old daughter, Lola, each donated eight inches of hair on stage alongside fellow Dance Marathon dancers.
February 8, 2020

In celebration of University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26, a father and daughter honored the families and held hands as they donated their hair together on the main stage. The UI Dance Marathon event,...

UI Dance Marathon 26 implements more inclusive initiatives

Accommodations volunteers sit in the accommodations room during Dance Marathon on Friday, February 7, 2020. The volunteers remain in case students need medical or physical help during the marathon.
After the organization was audited last year, UI Dance Marathon 26 developed and implemented new diversity and inclusion initiatives to make the most out of its Big Event.
February 7, 2020

Following the release of results of a University of Iowa Dance Marathon Diversity and Inclusion Audit, the student organization realized a need for improvements to accommodate dancers of different backgrounds....

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