How to start a dance marathon

Frequently Asked Questions | Miracle Network Dance Marathon

The Basics

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a program at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It is a student led, year - round philanthropic movement, uniting students at over 400 colleges, universities and high schools across the United States and Canada. As a fundraising program, each campus’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon organization works throughout the year to raise funds and awareness to change kids’ health and change the future with for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services

According to the U. S. Census, 4.3 million children under the age of 19 did not have health insurance coverage in 2018 and another 37 million rely on Medicaid, which contributes to a large portion of uncompensated care. In 2019, CMN Hospitals raised more than $444 million including nearly $81 million benefiting charitable care to support patients in need. About 1 in 20 hospitals is a children’s hospital. As such, CMN Hospitals serve larger geographies than adult hospitals and are faced with an increased burden

Not if you don’t want to! Miracle Network Dance Marathon is focused on fundraising for local children’s hospitals while allowing students to develop their skills in peer management, delegation, collaboration, and philanthropy....and making friends along the way! Dancing or being a good dancer is not a requirement–but can be part of the fun of Dance Marathon events!

Miracle Network Dance Marathon strives to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all participants. While the program was founded with the notion of dancing, the premise of the program has evolved to ensure participants of all interests and abilities can join in to support their local children’s hospital.

Signing Up

Great, we're glad you want to get more involved! To sign up for Miracle Network Dance Marathon, just click the sign up button at the top right of this page to create/join a team and set up your online fundraising page

You can select a team to join while registering for an event. If you forgot to select a team at registration, you can go to the team's page you'd like to join and click Join Team


CMN Hospitals partners with DonorDrive, an industry leader in peer-to-peer fundraising platforms to ensure Miracle Network Dance Marathon participants are able to successfully and securely fundraise for their local children’s hospital.

Navigate to your profile. From here you can see all of the events you are a part of or have been a part of. Here you can click Edit Your Page. Customizing your profile helps your donors know who you are, why you are participating in Miracle Network Dance Marathon, and makes you more likely to receive a gift to your fundraising page. You can also connect your social channels and update your fundraising goal here.

We are here to support you with fundraising best practices– a few simple actions can help you raise more than 9x what the average participant raises. Learn about Facebook Fundraisers, milestones & incentives, and the Dance Marathon fundraising app on our blog here and head to the resources page to learn more!

The easiest way is to share your Personal Fundraising Page Link. You can also share the URL that is produced after clicking the Donate button on your Personal Fundraising Page.

Go to your Dashboard for your account. On the right-hand side under Your Fundraising there is an option to View Donations Received. Here you can select a donation by clicking on it and it will pop up a new window with the option to send a thank you to this person.

Contact your local Miracle Network Dance Marathon to make sure you follow their policy on accepting cash and check donations. If you do not know who to contact, reach out to the contact listed on the event landing page for instructions on who to write checks to and where to send them, as well as how to turn in cash donations. We do not recommend sending cash in the mail.

Contact your local Miracle Network Dance Marathon to make sure you follow their policy on accepting cash and check donations. If you’re not sure, check donations can always be mailed to 205 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Make sure all checks are made out to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Add a note that states the Event Name and Participant Name. This way the donations are attributed to the correct event and participants. Always convert cash donations into check form (cashier's checks are preferred) before mailing them.

Please contact [email protected] with your name, email, school name.


You can power-up your donation by asking your employer about your company's matching gift program. A lot of organizations sponsor programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees. You may be surprised to find out your company has a matching gift program, too! The HR department is a great place to start. If they ask, you can download our TAX ID, 501(c)(3) status, or W-9 form here.

Please contact [email protected] with the method you're using to donate, the amount, and a link to the page you're trying to donate to.


You can check which incentives you qualify for here.

If you reached the appropriate fundraising milestone within the timeframe for the incentive, you should have received an email with instructions on how to redeem. If you didn't, check your spam folder. If you have a .edu email address registered to your DonorDrive account, the email was more than likely blocked by the institution's server. Please contact [email protected] with your name, the email used for your DonorDrive account and the incentive you are inquiring about.

You can check which incentives you qualify for here. If you are eligible and haven't received an email, please email [email protected] with your name, email, school name. If you're not emailing from the address registered on your DonorDrive account, please provide that, too.

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How To Run A Virtual Dance Marathon Fundraiser

2020 was a year without enough dancing. This pandemic has taken a lot of things away from us, but one of the saddest is hitting the dancefloor with your friends.

Of course pandemics aren’t about to stop us from getting our groove on. Whether you’re ready to be back in person or you’re hosting a virtual event, a dance marathon fundraiser is the best way to give folks an opportunity to shake their booties for a cause.

It’s a great way to get your supporters up and moving, excite the community, and inspire people to donate. And people donating to my nonprofit makes me do my happy dance.

Want to know how it works? We’ll show you…along with a few dancing GIFs.

Running An In-Person Dance Marathon Fundraiser

Every year Cardinal O’Hara High School hosts the Danny Hammond Dance Marathon, and it’s incredibly successful. Last year they raised over $85k of a $50k goal. How do they do it? Let’s take a look at the formula.

The ideal way to host a dance marathon is in person: there’s just something about a room full of people who simply will not stop dancing that is inspiring. Here’s how it usually works:

  1. Find a space. You’re looking for a big area that can hold a lot of dancers moving and grooving, and that has the ability to play music. School gyms work wonderfully. Be careful to consider costs in putting on the event and ensure you have above a 70% ROI to ensure the dance marathon is worthwhile for your nonprofit.
  2. Set your overall fundraising and participant goals. Think about how much you’re looking to raise and the overall impact that will be made from the event. Consider also setting a goal for how many participants you want to activate. A great way to ensure you meet your goals is to consider how much you can expect each participant to bring in. If you have a $30,000 goal, and aim to activate 30 participants, you need each participant to raise $1000.
  3. Set up an online fundraising site to host all the event details and help streamline donations and registration all in one place.
  4. Invite your dancers! Your dancers will also be your fundraisers. Dancers (either as individuals or teams) set up peer-to-peer fundraising pages to raise money. You’ll want to start getting participants signed up to fundraise about 4-6 weeks ahead of your event so they have time to reach their fundraising goals. If you want to collect a registration fee, CauseVox’s registration tiers make it easy for folks to sign up and create their fundraising page all in one.
  5. Set a time frame. For college students or adults you could run a 12 or 24-hour marathon. For younger students or families maybe it only lasts 4 hours. This is how long your dancers need to keep dancing.
  6. Offer incentives. As a best practice, offer incentives for individuals and teams. The more they raise, the more prizes or special privileges they receive.
  7. Start the music and let the dancing begin! The idea is that anyone who enters has to keep dancing for the full length of the marathon. If you’re working with teams, different members of the team can tag off throughout the marathon. This is where the prizes come into play: maybe your dancers can earn one song of rest, or the power to change the song.
  8. Celebrate victory! Celebrate your winners and thank all your participants + report back on the funds raised by quantifying the impact. Ensure your community feels like they’ve participated in doing something good!

CauseVox allows your fundraisers to create individual or team pages, making it easy for participants to register for your dance marathon fundraiser and start fundraising online with an < 60 second registration process.

Personal fundraising page on CauseVox

The Danny Hammond Dance Marathon did a fun twist on teams: they had each department of the school create a team, and added teams for each year of graduating classes.  

If you’re not sure what kind of incentives to offer, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered:

  • Choose a song
  • Get one song of rest
  • Win prizes
  • Exclusive experiences (special dance lessons, featured guests, etc.)
  • Donate a dollar to get a minute of rest time

You can also have some in the moment donation incentives. Maybe you let people donate a couple dollars in order to get a shout out from the DJ or change a song they don’t like. 

Don’t be afraid to add additional creative elements to the dance marathon formula. The more entertainment you provide, the more excited your dancers will be.

Maybe you offer exciting snacks throughout the marathon provided by local businesses. Maybe you have a costume contest. Maybe you have themed hours with music that inspires different kinds of dancing (who wouldn’t want a 20s themed hour?). You can even add in prizes for people with the best dance moves or the biggest spirit. Truly the sky is the limit.

Planning A Virtual Or Hybrid Dance Marathon Fundraiser

Now that we’re all safely socially distanced, planning a dance marathon looks a bit different. The concept is the same: set the time frame, invite dancers, and see who can dance the longest.

But instead of doing it all together in one place, you can host it virtually through a live stream. You can also use these techniques to do a hybrid model with some people dancing in person and others distanced.

Pick a streaming service like Zoom or Google Meet and invite your participants to join from their own homes. They can safely dance in their own space while you provide the music, an emcee, a timeclock, and all the other accouterments.

One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is how many people you can see on your screen at once. You do need someone keeping an eye on the dancers to make sure they’re always moving. If you have too many dancers, you can break them up into different groups with each group meeting in a different Zoom room. That way your monitors can see everyone and note when someone drops out.

Now you can start to get creative. Here are some fun ways that you can spice up the dance at home:

  • Have family members act as a team: one has to be dancing at all times.
  • You can do themed hours. Maybe one hour is all 90s music, another is all “songs white people love”, and another is line dances.
  • Offer a Zoom breakout room that streams dance movies throughout the night to get people inspired.
  • Have participants come in costumes.
  • Invite dance instructors or Zumba teachers to come and teach mini-classes for people to dance along to.

Once you have the basics of participants joining a video chat and dancing the night away, you can add your own twists to your heart’s content.

Grace Center held a virtual move-a-thon that used these virtual dance marathon ideas. They invited participants to make a small donation, and on the day of the event held dance classes to get people moving together.

Thinking of other virtual fundraising event opportunities? Check out our 23 Top Virtual Fundraising Ideas for more inspiration.

If you’re ready to get started grab some friends you want to dance with:

You don’t have to be a good dancer.

All you have to do is have fun.

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Sports and dance marathon

Sports event in senior groups

Goal : Promoting healthy lifestyle values.

Tasks: popularization of children's sports lifestyle, development of motor skills and abilities, creative abilities of children, strengthening the health of the younger generation.

Event progress:

Good evening, dear friends! We are pleased to welcome you to this hall, to a celebration that brought together sports and dance movements, creativity, improvisation and labor. We hope that our fans will support the teams on the tracks of our sports and dance marathon. Let's check the starting readiness of our fans. Fans are you here? Ready? Great, you are very determined. I present the participating teams…

Before the start of our marathon, we will draw lots to find out under what number this or that team will participate in the competition.

It remains for us to introduce our esteemed jury to everyone.

I want to note that all competitions will be evaluated on a 3-point system.

So, we start "Superdance". The first competition - a competition of fans - "Chants Competition" For this contest, the most active fans will bring their team one point.

Second Business Card Competition

In this competition, each team will present a short dance composition, trying to reveal their style, the highlight of their team.

Third competition "Warm-up"

The main task of this competition is to hear the music, but move only that part of the body, which the host will indicate (head, neck, torso, arms, legs)

Fourth Competition "Musical Numbers"

Task: music sounds, you dance, the presenter calls the number. You must be resourceful and quickly split into groups equal to this number.

Well done! All teams completed this task. While the jury is evaluating the teams, we will enjoy the performance of the pupil of the Youth Sports School with the sports and dance composition "Doll"

Fifth Non-Stop Competition

In this competition, you need to quickly navigate and be able to hear the music. Guessing the sounding melody, you need to quickly and correctly start dancing it. Each team is given 3 melodies.

Sixth competition "Friendly dance"

Having chosen in advance any sports attribute (sticks, cubes, etc.) and not sports, the participants must dance in such a way that no one doubts that this team is the most friendly (dance movements are prepared in advance together with the teacher)

Final competition task Seventh competition “Dance like…”

The meaning of this task is that whatever the dance moves, the team must move like ... - boxers, - figure skaters, - skiers, - karatekas.

The track of our marathon smoothly approached the summing up. Many thanks to the teams, they are the real stars of our marathon. Many thanks to the fans for their active support. And also thanks to the jury, which is still working while we watch the next performance of the pupils of the Youth Sports School "Fight of the Elements"

Well, the jury is ready to announce the results in the following nominations: "Super-profidence", "Original", "Incendiary".

Goodbye, see you again!

Prepared and conducted by the instructor in physical culture Kiseleva N.A.

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Marathon of dance clubs in Moscow longevity centers invites guests

From July 25 to August 5, a marathon of self-organized clubs dedicated to the birthday of the project is held in all Moscow longevity centers. Tuesday, July 26, will be dedicated to the dance clubs of the centers. Activists invite everyone to join the celebration!

A sincere soulful dance will make an ordinary day brighter and a holiday more fun. Members of the self-organized clubs of the CMD are always happy to share their choreographic skills and inspire others with positive emotions. After all, a good mood is the key to good health! In the centers of Moscow mood, dance clubs are very popular.

On July 26, from 12:00 to 16:00 , in honor of the CMD's third anniversary, activists will hold dance-themed celebrations.

The Textilshchiki Moscow Longevity Center will help guests start the morning right. Here at 12:00 there will be a dance exercise "Morning, dancing, healthy lifestyle."

At 12:00 The Lomonosovskiy Center for Cultural Affairs welcomes guests: activists of the Moscow Longevity Center Moskovsky will give master classes in bachata and oriental dances.

At 12:00 Mitino TsMD a dance master class "Wake up with Latina" will take place.

The study of Latin American dances will continue in the club center "Zyablikovo" , where at 15:00 a master class "Cha-Cha-Cha" will be held.

At 14:00 at Tushino Center for Musical Entertainment a master class on Indian dances will be held.

Invites you to dive into an oriental fairy tale TsMD "Borisovskie Prudy": at 15:00 a master class "Oriental dances" will take place.

Activists can get acquainted with the German Polish woman at a master class in Zelenogradsky Central Museum of Music at 13:00 .

Also at 13:00 in club center "Sokol" there will be a dance competition, during which guests will be able to try their hand at a musical dance battle.

Dancing is the best way to maintain good health. At Moscow Longevity Center Yuzhnoye Butovo » at 14:00 will host a fitness dance master class.

Educational lectures will become a very important part of the festive marathon. Center activists will not only present their skills, but also learn a lot about the history of dance.

So at 12:00 in club center "Alekseevsky" there will be a lecture on the history and styles of dance. The guests will come together to watch an educational documentary.

A video lecture on the topic: "History of the dance costume" will be shown at TsMD "Babushkinsky" also at 12:00.

At the Moscow Longevity Center "Pechatniki" visitors can enjoy masterpieces of world art and watch the film ballet "Ruslan and Lyudmila". Start at 12:00 .

At 13:00 Zhulebino Center for Musical Entertainment invites you to take part in the interactive lecture "The Role of Dance in the World".

At the same time, at the club center "Kapotnya" , a lecture "What we dance about" will be held. And at Biryulyovo Zapadnoye Central Museum of Art guests will be able to immerse themselves in the depths of history at the video lecture "Historical Dance".

At 14:00 Fili-Davydkovo Moscow Longevity Center invites everyone to take part in the World of Dance quiz.

At 15:00 guests of the club center "Kryukovo" will be able to enjoy the screening of the film "La La Land".

Not a single holiday is complete without a bright incendiary disco. Activists of the Moscow longevity centers are looking forward to the start of the most fun and provocative part of the marathon.

At 02:00 pm, the Kurkino Moscow Longevity Center will host a disco called "On the Waves of Our Youth". At the same time, Yuzhny CMD is waiting for everyone to plunge into the world of nostalgia at the retro disco.

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