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Video: First time dancers react to Dance Marathon 24

A dance marathon participant checks their cell phone during the eighth hour of the University of Iowa 24th Annual Dance Marathon, on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2017. (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

February 3, 2018

Dance Marathon is in full swing. With the event continuing into the late night and early morning, many participants are starting to feel the burden and strain of exhaustion. Students share how they are dealing with exhaustion. Leadership also tells how they have prepared for a worst-case scenario. - Christopher Cervant...

Dance Marathon is halfway there

Morale Captains and UIDM participants celebrate the halfway point with Bon Jovi's

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Dancers gather in the IMU Main Lounge to celebrate 12 hours of progressing through Dance Marathon. Nine dances later, Morale Captain Allyson Bingham said she is ready to kick off the next 12 hours with the annual “Living on a Prayer” pump up. “We all gather in the ballroom, and the ...

Photos: Dance Marathon 24 (hours 9-12)

Dancers participate in Jazzercise during Dance Marathon at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

February 3, 2018

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Checking in at (nearly) the halfway mark

Daniel Picchiotti and Paige Allison pose for a portrait during Dance Marathon at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Almost halfway into the 24th Dance Marathon Big Event, dancers show little sign of slowing down. Despite the strenuous task of staying active for 24 hours, participants are staying motivated in their own ways. Freshman Daniel Picchiotti, in the middle of his first Big Event, said that despite hi...

VIDEO: First-time Dancers react to Dance Marathon 24

Participants have fun during Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

February 3, 2018

For first-time Dance Marathon participants, being on their feet for 24 hours is a new experience. Despite sore feet and fatigue, new dancers were full of energy. They were surprised and inspired by how easily they could connect with Dance Marathon families. New dancers often first join the organization...

Traveling from Florida for Dance Marathon: a laser-tag experience

Participants play laser tag during Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

The usual lunch and pool tables of the Hawkeye Room on the IMU ground floor retired for the weekend to be replaced with a laser-tag obstacle course for Dance Marathon participants. Once competitors picked out their weapons of choice and assumed their positions, the lights went out, leaving th...

Dancers swab cheeks to potentially save lives

UI Students Laura Schneider (left), Geoff Montour (center), and Senad Besic (right) pose for a portrait with their swabs while in costume during Dance Marathon at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2017. The volunteers were finding donors to enter their DNA in a database for bone marrow transplants. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

February 3, 2018

Brooklyn Draisey [email protected] An organization is dismantling misconceptions and helping people potentially save lives at Dance Marathon’s Big Event. Be the Match on Campus-UI has a booth at Dance Marathon 24 to educate dancers on marrow donation and sign them up for the National...

Photos: Dance Marathon 24 (hours 6-9)

Participants dance at the 24th Annual Dance Marathon put on by the University of Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Matthew Finley/The Daily Iowan)

February 3, 2018

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DI male beauty pageant continued

Participants compete in The Man Pageant underway at Dance Marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

Dance Marathon 24 continued the tradition of the Man Pageant, in which a number of Dance Marathon male staffers competed in a faux beauty pageant. The pageant also featured a special guest; Dance Marathon brought out Miss Iowa 2017 to announce the show. The eight contestants took part in a var...

Children remembered in Dancing in Our Hearts room

Dance Marathon participants Elizabeth Struyk and Elizabeth Fuller read a board in the

Brooklyn Draisey, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

A special room at Dance Marathon’s Big Event remembers those who have passed away from cancer, and the room also spreads their stories. In the Dancing in Our Hearts room, event participants look at boards showing smiling faces and read personal stories of children whose fight with cancer has ende...

Hawks share stories of why they dance “For The Kids”

Dancers spill out of the main lounge during Dance Marathon 24 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Fri Feb 2, 2018. Dance Marathon raises money for pediatric cancer research. (Ashley Morris/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

As the dancers continue to advance into the night, several Hawkeyes talked with The Daily Iowan about exactly what brought them to Dance Marathon and what will keep them going through the night. Jake Larkins was once the recipient of high-fives as he walked across the IMU stage at the Dance Mara...

Dance Marathon’s families tell their stories

Children play at the Cars theme room in the second floor ballroom during dance Marathon 24 on Friday Feb. 2, 2018. Dance Marathon raises money for pediatric cancer research. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, [email protected]

February 3, 2018

For this year’s Dance Marathon, it’s not only the families who are provided an escape from the IMU’s hectic atmosphere. Dancers are also invited to enjoy a break from their boogying for carefree activities and a special opportunity for both dancers and families. On the IMU third floor, dancers are invited ...