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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 11, 2004

UI Dance Marathon Seeks Dancers, Spirit Dancers, Volunteers

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is seeking dancers, spirit dancers and volunteers for the eleventh annual Dance Marathon on Feb. 4-5.   

Dance Marathon dancers must raise $450 and attend three hour-long dancer meetings to prepare for the event. At the meetings, students meet with their morale group, headed by a Morale Captain that sponsors one or two Dance Marathon families. Participants can visit throughout the semester with their sponsored family and can help meet the $450 goal by going canning in downtown Iowa City and residential neighborhoods.

Dance Marathon Spirit Dancers provides a way for people who are not currently UI undergraduates to show their support for the dancers and families involved with Dance Marathon. Spirit Dancers must complete a registration form by Nov. 1 and raise a minimum of $200 by Dec. 1. Spirit Dancers will be invited to attend Dance Marathon to see the dancers and families they are supporting in person.

In addition to dancing or spirit dancing, Dance Marathon is also looking for individuals to volunteer at the event. For a $15 donation, these individuals will help with security, visitor check-in and various other tasks.     

The UI Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that provides financial assistance and emotional support to families served by the Children's Hospital of Iowa at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with an emphasis on the pediatric hematology/oncology unit. The funds raised by Dance Marathon support a variety of special projects in direct family support, hospital unit support and research incentives. Dance Marathon is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the United States and has raised more than $3.4 million in its first ten years.

To get involved in Dance Marathon 2005 as a Dancer, a Spirit Dancer or a volunteer, email

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,