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Mini-marathons bring UI Dance Marathon to schools across Iowa

Dance Marathon Families are introduced during Dance Marathon 24 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Rylee Wilson, News Reporter

January 28, 2019

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is the university’s largest student organization, but some people begin their time with Dance Marathon long before enrolling as UI students. Almost 50 elementary, middle, and high schools across Iowa and Illinois participate in mini-marathons, which are smalle...

Dance Marathon adds new leadership positions, accessibility changes

Dancers dance to Bon Jovi's

Andy Mitchell, News Reporter

January 27, 2019

For a quarter-century, the University of Iowa Dance Marathon has raised money for children in need and brought students and other community members together through the power of dance. Even after 25 years, there are still cracks and oversights to address, and this has been one of the main focuses fo...

Dance Marathon 25 endows $2.2 million to child life specialist

Dancers on the stage motivate the crowd at Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

Alexandra Skores, News Reporter

November 14, 2018

UI Dance Marathon 25 has announced it will fund a $2.2 million endowment to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital to hire a child life specialist. Child life specialists work with children and families at the Stead Hospital to make their stay as easy as it can be, Dance Marathon 25 Executive Dir...

Dance Marathon 25 increases sustainability efforts for Big Event

Dancers stay hydrated during UI Dance Marathon 24 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Alexandra Skores, News Reporter

October 2, 2018

As Dance Marathon 25’s Big Event quickly approaches, the crew members have taken it upon themselves to push new efforts to increase sustainability. “Dance Marathon 25’s plan for sustainability is to look at every committee and every event in order to find areas where waste can be reduced,” ...

Dance Marathon hopes to ‘Shape Your Impact’ in Big Event

Dancers participate during the Power Hour at Dance Marathon at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Alexandra Skores, News Reporter

September 13, 2018

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon 25 team announced that from now until the Big Event in February, everyone from dancers to the executive team will take part in a campaign called “Shape Your Impact.” “For a nonprofit organization, a campaign is designed to work in an organized and active ...

University of Iowa Dance Marathon goes green to increase sustainability efforts

University of Iowa Dance Marathon goes green to increase sustainability efforts

Jordan Prochow, [email protected]

April 30, 2018

The color green has an important meaning to University of Iowa Dance Marathon, but on April 27, green took a new form for volunteers. As spring touches Iowa City, the organization added its own personal touch to the campus greenery. Dance Marathon members planted the first of 25 trees on the west side of the Pe...

Film: Dance Marathon impact on five year cancer free graduate

Dillyn Mumme, a survivor of leukemia, speaks to DM participants during the In the Limelight Talent Show at UI Dance Marathon 24 inside IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Mumme obtained a summer internship with the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX this past year. He spoke about the differences between failing and failure as well as encouraged all members of the crowd to make an impact on the lives of those around them. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

February 7, 2018

DI films interviewed leukemia survivor Dillyn Mumme at Dance Marathon 24. Having overcome cancer that required extensive treatment, Dillyn goes into how he didn’t let it hold him back. Having spent an internship at NASA, he embodies the virtues of persevering through trails. For a more in-depth look of Dillyn’s story, check out an ar...

Dance Marathon celebrates 17 graduates

Friends share emotional hug as they take the stage together for graduation during UI Dance Marathon 24 at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

February 5, 2018

Each year on the second day of Dance Marathon, a graduation is held to celebrate the DM kids who have gone five years without treatment, effectively making them cancer free. This year, 17 young people received the honor leaving the audience feeling both ecstatic and hopeful.

Dance Marathon play-by-play: breaking records and making history

Dance Marathon play-by-play: breaking records and making history

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 5, 2018

Dance Marathon 24 is officially over, but the fight to beat pediatric cancer isn’t. Dance Marathon has once again made history, raising $3,011,015.24 in the past year. The total was revealed at the 24th-annual Big Event to a room of shouting dancers and families, all waiting to see how much money t...

Dance Marathon 24 shatters fundraising records, raising more than $3 million

The Big Reveal shows a UI-record breaking amount for Dance Marathon 24 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

As a multicolored crowd cheered at the end of the 24-hour-long event, Dance Marathon revealed that its members raised a record-shattering $3,011,015.24, making it the second school to hit the $3 million mark. Since its beginning 23 years ago, Dance Marathon has raised more than $21 million toward finding a cu...