Dance Marathon Alumni Group (DMAG) is here to help past and present DM participants stay connected. Your involvement in DMAG makes Dance Marathon stronger and allows you to continue your relationship with an organization that supports pediatric cancer patients and families at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Members will receive e-newsletter updates and will be invited to participate in regional events and the BIG EVENT in Iowa City. Whether you’re close to campus or far away, you can stay connected and continue your Dance Marathon relationship through our group. You also can stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


RAISES $2,572,130.23 FOR THE KIDS!

Last year, UI Dance Marathon 23 broke the DM record by raising $2,572,130.23 For The Kids! Thank you, Dance Marathon alumni, for setting a new DMAG record by contributing $200,481.23 to that total. More than 100 Dance Marathon alumni participated in the weekend's festivities, which included an opening ceremony watch party at the Iowa Memorial Union, an alumni social at the Airliner, an all-alumni support hour at the IMU, a lunch hosted by the Dance Marathon leadership team, and a closing ceremony watch party at the Fieldhouse Bar and Grill.

Save the Date for Dance Marathon 24, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Iowa City.


Many alumni work with us to coordinate events that help spread the word about Dance Marathon where they live. In the past, our alumni have organized events in Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Chicago. Learn how you can host an event in your community.

Many of you have organized events throughout the year, and we want to recognize you. Each year, we honor two individuals with one of the following awards. Congratulations to our second annual Dance Marathon Alumni Group award winners and nominees for your continued support For The Kids last year!

  • Volunteer of the Year — Kayla Caldwell
  • Event of the Year — Twin Cities IOWA Club Pint Night (Alyssa Falos)

Please send your nominations to by Jan. 15, prior to the Big Event, and include the name of the nominee/event, a brief description, and why you believe the volunteer or event best promotes the mission of UI Dance Marathon. Awards will be presented at the alumni luncheon during the Big Event.


Official invitations for the Big Event weekend are typically sent out via email and hard-copy letters in January each year. To receive this invite, please update your information. Below is a list of events typically held during each Big Event weekend. Details are subject to change, based on the year, so please refer to our Official Dance Marathon Alumni Group Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Donate to a Dancer Fundraising Campaign: Each year, we work with Dance Marathon’s morale director to identify all dancers who have not yet met their fundraising minimums of $500 and compile a list of dancers to whom alumni can donate. Our goal is for every dancer to reach the minimum and experience the Big Event.

Opening Ceremony Watch Party: To kick off the Big Event weekend, we host a watch party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. This year’s event will be held at Kinnick Stadium.

Social: After the watch party, continue reminiscing from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday night on the second floor of the Airliner (22 S. Clinton Street) in Iowa City.

All-Alumni Support: On Saturday, help pump up dancers in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge during the wee hours of the morning. There typically are alumni-specific shirts and additional merchandise for sale. You also can wear one of your old Dance Marathon shirts.

Luncheon: Before the on-stage alumni recognition and check presentation, leadership will host a free alumni lunch on Saturday.

Dance Marathon Kiddo Graduation and Celebration: This ceremony, which recognizes children who have been cancer-free for five years, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. All alumni are welcome to attend and join families for cake at the celebration afterward.

Closing Ceremony: Enjoy food and drink specials in downtown Iowa City. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Current Board Members
  • Nic Rusher (president)
  • Dan Kolb
  • Erin Larsen
  • Kayla Caldwell
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