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Dance Marathon Day

Get ready to dance the day away in support of a great cause - join us for Dance Marathon Day and make a difference while having fun!
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Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie because March 31 is Dance Marathon Day! This fun-filled day celebrates the joy of dance and the power it has to bring people together. The first dance marathon was held in 1923 by Alma Cummings, who danced for 27 hours straight with her partner. Since then, dance marathons have become popular fundraising events for various causes. Whether you're a professional dancer or just love busting a move in your living room, this day is all about letting loose and having a good time. So let's keep the party going all day long!

History of Dance Marathon Day

Dance Marathon Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1923</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Reported Dance Marathon</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known dance marathon took place in Audubon, New Jersey, though they increased in popularity during the Great Depression.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1932</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Alma Cummings Sets Record</div><div class='timeline-text'>Alma Cummings, a famous dance marathon competitor, danced for a total of 27 consecutive hours, setting a world record.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Penn State THON</div><div class='timeline-text'>Penn State holds its first THON, a student-run philanthropy event where students dance for 46 hours straight to raise money for pediatric cancer.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rackham Graduate School Event</div><div class='timeline-text'>Rackham Graduate School holds a 30-hour dance marathon, raising funds for C.S. Mott's Children's Hospital.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Largest Dance Marathon</div><div class='timeline-text'>The University of Iowa's Dance Marathon sets the record for the largest event to date, raising over $3 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Dance Marathon Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a dance party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and throw a dance party to celebrate Dance Marathon Day! Put on some upbeat music, break out your best moves, and have a blast with your friends.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a dance performance</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Support your local dance community by attending a dance performance on Dance Marathon Day. You'll not only be celebrating the art of dance, but also supporting talented dancers in your community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a dance marathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local charity or organization that is hosting a dance marathon and sign up to participate. You'll have a blast dancing all day while also raising money for a good cause.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn a new dance style</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself to learn a new dance style on Dance Marathon Day. You can take a class, watch online tutorials, or even just learn from a friend. It's a great way to expand your dance skills and celebrate the day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Join a flash mob</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather a group of friends and plan a flash mob to perform on Dance Marathon Day. It's a fun and unexpected way to celebrate and spread joy through dance in your community.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Dance Marathon Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's for a good cause</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dance Marathon Day is all about raising money and awareness for charitable causes, often related to children's health and wellness. By participating in this event, you are helping make a positive impact on the world - and what's better than that?</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a fun way to get active</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What better way to stay active and get some exercise than by dancing? Dance Marathon Day encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in dance parties or marathons, making it a great opportunity to have fun while also staying healthy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Dancing is a universal language that can bring people from all backgrounds together. Whether you're participating in person or virtually, Dance Marathon Day allows communities to come together for a common cause and celebrate the joy of dance.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts about Dance Marathon Day

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When is Dance Marathon Day?

Dance Marathon Day is celebrated on March 31 every year. In 2024 Dance Marathon Day will occur on a Sunday.

Dance Marathon Day Dates

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2023

Mar 31

Friday

2024

Mar 31

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2025

Mar 31

Monday

2026

Mar 31

Tuesday

2027

Mar 31

Wednesday

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