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Jazzercising For The Kids

UI senior Abby Dusen dances with Mike Wazowski from Monster's, Inc. during the second hour at the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Dance Marathon is a 24 hour long event, where the participants stay standing for the entire time. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

February 6, 2016

By Beau Bowman @beauknows2 [email protected] A wake up call arrived at the Iowa Memorial Union ballroom to liven up the place. Dancers were refreshed as the jazzercise group took to the stage. The group performed routines that dancers could follow along with them, and was meant to wake th...

Donors aim to outdo each other at Big Event

The crowd sways with DJs during the fifth hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Union Memorial on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Dance Marathon dancers can't sleep through the whole 24 hours of the marathon. (The Daily Iowan/Courtney Hawkins)

February 6, 2016

By Tom Ackerman [email protected] @Tom_AckermanDI As Dance Marathon rolls into the early morning, high fundraising from donors proves apparent. Students from several student organizations on campus work to break personal and school bests in raising money to aid cancer research and su...

Dancers keeping busy to stay awake

Dancers sit on the floor during the 8th hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Members are not allowed to sit or sleep for the full 24 hours. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

February 6, 2016

By Tom Ackerman and Beau Bowman [email protected] and [email protected] @Tom_AckermanDI and @beauknows2 Now in the morning hours, exhaustion and sleep is beginning to test Dance Marathon dancers. Dancers have moved away from the main ballroom and started taking breaks by listening to speakers...

The Meaning of Dance Marathon — For The Kids

An a cappella group performs during the 5th hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on February 5th, 2016. The a cappella group consisted of multiple a cappella groups on campus of University of Iowa students (The Daily Iowan/Kyle Close)

February 6, 2016

By Beau Bowman @beauknows2 [email protected] Every year, thousands of students participate in the Big Event and think they understand what the experience is all about, but what is the meaning of Dance Marathon? Some might say the meaning of the event comes from the powerful synonymously D...

Dancers push through the night

Dancers try to rest without sitting down during the 6th hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Satruday, Feb. 6, 2016. The dancers are not allowed to sit, or have caffeine throughout the 24 hours. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

February 6, 2016

By Tom Ackerman [email protected] @Tom_AckermanDI A lull in tonight’s schedule for on-stage performances does not stop the party; it just moves it. While there is a break in entertainment for dancers in the ballroom from 11:30 pm until 1:00 am, Dance Marathon goers move their ...

Marathon within a marathon

Moral captians start dancing on stage during the second hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. There are special events happening almost every hour to keep everyone motivated. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

February 6, 2016

By Beau Bowman @beauknows2 [email protected]   Most participants at the University of Iowa Dance Marathon's big event focus on the dancing, while others focus more on the marathon. Dance Marathon Marathon takes the program to a whole other level. DMM members do everything a r...

Man pageant carries big event

Morale captian Clint Donaldson lip syncs 'Gangnam Style' during the male pageant event during the 3rd hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

February 6, 2016

by Tom Ackerman [email protected] @Tom_AckermanDI As the night grows later, entertainers at Dance Marathon look to boost the crowd’s energy. Faced with a man pageant, a series of videos, and a song mashup performance, the crowd stayed in tune and awake with a wide range of sights in ...

Hour three comes and goes

Soroity house moms dance during the second hour of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. There are special events happening almost every hour to keep everyone motivated. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

February 5, 2016

  By Beau Bowman @beauknows2 [email protected] As the clock struck 9 in the IMU, dancers gathered in the Main Lounge to preform the morale dance, led by the team captains. Before the traditional dance, dancers were presented with a special message from the cast of the NBC comedy "P...

Dance Marathon flies through hour two

UI students cheer during the opening ceremony of the 22nd Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. There are over 220 families in attendance this year. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

February 5, 2016

By Tom Ackerman [email protected] @tom_ackermanDI   In the second hour of a long night to come, dancers showed no sign of tiring. Packed to the brim, the IMU houses students and community members, both young and old, and encompasses a passion as “FTK” is often heard in...

Dance Marathon begins the night

Dance Marathon begins the night

February 5, 2016

  By Beau Bowman @beauknows2 [email protected]   The Big Event is officially underway.   Dance Marathon is one of the biggest event on campus every year. For 24 hours, more than 2,600 dancers, 250 leadership members, 220 families, and 300 volunteers stand up for ...