What is Dance Marathon?
Dance Marathon is a year-round student run organization that works to support the children patients being treated at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Dance Marathon volunteers work year-round to raise funds to support the families of young patients and provide new equipment to the hospital. Dance Marathon culminates with a 12 hour long main event in February.
How do I get involved? What can I do?
You can start by getting signed up today! Traditionally, most people get involved their first year by signing up to be a dancer. Once you get signed up you will be assigned a Morale Captain who will help make sure you are able to raise you money, plan social activities for you and your group to meet people, and help keep you informed of what's happening with the organization. After participating your first year, if you are interested, there are tons of ways to get more involved on our leadership team. You can become a Family Representative, a Morale Captain, or a Chairperson, or eventually even a member of the Executive Council!
What if I don't know anyone in Dance Marathon?
Not a problem! we plan social events which will give you a chance to meet other people in your group prior to the Big Event. Or, even better, invite all of your friends to sign up to be a dancer as well!
What leadership opportunities are there?
There are nearly 13 leadership opportunities within Dance Marathon, and there is definitely something for everyone. All majors can find a place in Dance Marathon that can benefit them! From being an Exuctive members to committee member, There are more than enough opportunities to help sharpen our leadership skills.
How do I raise my money?
Raising money is not very hard to do! There are many ways to raise your money – from canning downtown on a weekend night, to writing letters to family members asking for donations. Take advantage of our online giving system, as well. You can email friends and family and ask them to visit your own online giving page. This means you can raise your money without even getting out of your chair!
I'm a terrible dancer, why would I want to be a part of Dance Marathon?
To start off, there is a LOT more to Dance Marathon than just dancing! And aside from that, no one cares what you look like dancing or what kind of moves you have because everyone is there For The Kids (FTK)! It's all for the cause and to show our support to the kids and there families. Aside from that, dancing is not the only thing that goes on at Dance Marathon. There are many different kinds of entertainment at the Big Event, including shows, games, meeting lots of people, prizes, family stories and much more!
Do I have to dance for 12 hours?
Yes, or at least you are strongly encouraged to do so! Dance Marathon is a really incredible experience that is hard to put into words until you actually experience it for yourself! During the 12 hours you will experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but it is one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences you will ever have.
Isn't Dance Marathon just one day a year?
Definitely not. Dance Marathon is most known for the Big Event in February, but the organization is busy with activities YEAR ROUND. Throughout the year Dance Marathon hosts family events, social activities, and fundraising activities. Dance Marathon is what you make it. You can be as involved as you like!
Who are the families that attend Dance Marathon?
Families attending Dance Marathon are patients at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). All funds raised through Dance Marathon go to support CHoR so that they can help families like these.