Northwestern University Dance Marathon

Northwestern University Dance Marathon

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The Northwestern University Dance Marathon (also known as NUDM) is a philanthropic dance marathon held annually at Northwestern University. Currently in its 38th year, NUDM is one of the world's largest student-run philanthropies . As a strong campus tradition, Dance Marathon, or DM, brings together over 1,500 students, faculty, staff, and administrators in a thirty hour dance-a-thon. Students, serving as either dancers or committee members, fundraise all year to support its beneficiaries, culminating in an all-campus celebration weekend in the beginning of March. In addition to DM weekend, special events occur throughout the entire year, such as a cooking competition, a basketball tournament, and trivia nights. Each dancer pair raises at least $800 for the honor of dancing. About 400 committee members assist in the planning and execution of DM and related events.

To maintain the morale of the dancers, campus a capella groups, dance troupes, and student bands visit Dance Marathon to perform. Before sunrise on Saturday morning, dancers are treated to a quick foot massage to help reenergize them to finish the day. In other areas of the Norris University Center DM hosts events for all Northwestern students and community visitors to enjoy during the weekend, such as a Spa, a 5k/10k run, and a Kid's Fair hosted by Northwestern student groups.

Each year DM selects a primary and secondary beneficiary to receive the money collected after months of fundraising and 30 hours of...
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