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Registration is now closed for the 2015 Dance Marathon. Please be sure to attend our other BuckeyeThon events throughout the year! For more information, click here. 

Registration closes November 7th
Who are the Dancers?


At the Dance Marathon, the dancers are the Ohio State students who stand together for 12 hours in support of the fight against pediatric cancer. These dancers are called to stand, dance, play games, and participate in activities for the entirety of the Dance Marathon to raise awareness and money for those kids being treated on the Hematology/Oncology/BMT Department at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Last year, dancers raised an average of $250 to help fight pediatric cancer. If you need ideas on how to fundraise, check out the dancer fundraising page.

 What Do Dancers Do?


The dancers make the miracles. They are the people who help raise the money that is donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital. They are the people who call their relatives, friends, and employers to receive donations that make the life of a child fighting pediatric cancer just a little bit easier. They are the people who come together in February to dance for a cure for pediatric cancer. And, most importantly, they are the people who make the Dance Marathon a transforming experience for not only every dancer, but also every Miracle Child in attendance.   

Each dancer is committed to raise money for the cause, but most dancers go above and beyond to help us reach our goal. For ideas on how to fundraise, visit the Dancer Fundraising page. 


What Events Do Dancers Attend?


Dancers are invited to attend not only the Dance Marathon but also all other events leading up to the Dance Marathon, such as the Miracle Miles 5K, FEST!, and the Fashion Show. Each of these events offers dancers unique opportunities to interact with the Miracle Families and to continue adding to their fundraising goals.   

At the Dance Marathon itself, dancers attend one of two 12 hour shifts: the first shift is from 8 p.m. on February 6th to 8 a.m. on February 7th and the second shift is from 11 a.m. on that same day until 11 p.m. All dancers, regardless of the shift they attend, are urged to participate in the closing ceremonies at the end of the second shift. Further details about the Dance Marathon will be released closer to the event date.   

Yes, of course there is dancing at the Dance Marathon! Dancers learn the Morale Dance throughout the night and there is always music playing provided by our DJs, the Fabulous Dance Doctors. But there is also so much more to do! Participants enjoy team competitions, complimentary meals, entertainment at the event, and, most importantly, the opportunity to interact with the Miracle Families. Dancers view this event as a very rewarding experience because they are able to have fun, bond with their friends, and contribute to a cause larger than themselves.    

For more information on the Dance Marathon, check out the Dance Marathon page or the Dancer Frequently Asked Questions page. Email with any questions.


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