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Everybody dance now

Happy feet. Tired feet. Sweet feat.

Wanna dance?

Whether it’s a campus-wide event or a spontaneous dance party in the residence halls, UIndy students know dancing can be both a fun
way to spend time with friends and a way to support a great cause.

One such event’s morphed into the ultimate dance party on campus, offering students a chance to dance—for 12 hours straight!

UIndy’s Riley Dance Marathon is a yearly event that brings students together to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital.

Participants raise funds before the event from classmates, professors, family, and friends. Students participate individually or form teams to raise money, and the most successful win prizes.

This year’s spring marathon raised $3,700, and every dollar was donated to the hospital.

At the big dance, it’s not unusual to see teams in matching T-shirts or costumes, especially as the music and themes change throughout the night.

But the Riley Dance Marathon goes beyond just dancing. Other fun activities and ch

allenges are incorporated into the event to keep spirits high and energy flowing.

“It’s a great night! There are prizes for everyone at every hour, along with great food, games, Riley kids sharing their stories, and of course having the bragging right of dancing for 12 straight hours,” says Kimi Webber, this year’s Dance Relations chair.

‘I participate in the dance marathon to try to give a little bit back to what Riley gave us and to ensure that every kid can get the specialized care that they deserve’


Choreography for a cause

The dance marathon wouldn’t be complete without the Morale Dance. Every participant is encouraged to learn a special dance, choreographed and taught by the student organizers, that brings the whole event together.

At the top of every hour, participants learn a new section of the dance, and by the end of the night, the Morale Dance was complete,
a reminder of the successful event.

But dancers beware! You’re not allowed to sleep or sit for the entire event. Yes, food breaks are a necessity, but once done, it’s back to the dance floor!

Feet are pretty tired by the end of the night, but you won’t hear complaining. Students know they’re helping the children at Riley, who have to show even more stamina and courage on a daily basis.

This year’s Dance Marathon co-chairs, Liz Eads and Kayla Mughmaw, both have connections to Riley and feel strongly about the mission and purpose of hosting such an event at UIndy.

“I participate in the dance marathon to try to give a little bit back to what Riley gave us and to ensure that every kid can get the specialized care that they deserve,” Liz says.

Both agree that Riley Dance Marathon is great opportunity to be inspired, raise funds for a terrific cause, and “Just Dance.” —Tim Coxey ’11