Get ready to dance for an inspiring cause

Last year's Dance Marathon was just the beginning for Ambrose. This year, students will dance for 8 hours straight to raise money for sick children and their families at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The Buzz/Submitted.
Last year’s Dance Marathon was just the beginning for Ambrose. This year, students will dance for 8 hours straight to raise money for sick children and their families at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The Buzz/Submitted.

It’s time to polish off your dancing shoes St. Ambrose students. Dance Marathon is back for a second year with a different approach this time around.

“Last year we kind of threw stuff together in a short amount of time. We planned a 4 hour event in under two weeks. This year, we put all the hard work over the whole year to make a full Dance Marathon for 8 hours,” explained Mark Brauweiler, a senior and president of Dance Marathon at St. Ambrose.

Brauweiler and Haley Hogan, Dance Marathon vice president, began the planning process at the end of last school year and ended up going to other Dance Marathons at the University of Iowa and Iowa State. Last year, referred to by Brauweiler as DM 0.5, was a good start for Dance Marathon, but on April 6, DM 1.0 will arrive full of different games and other activities leading up to the big dancing hour at 10 PM called the “Power Hour”.

“There will be an opening ceremony, all of the miracle families will be there, and then throughout the night we’ll have things like lazer tag, Cody Tucker from B100, tons of game, and a photobooth,” Hogan explained.

It sounds like all fun and games, but Dance Marathon is not about dancing. It’s about raising money to benefit the children and families of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, who will put donations to use with items such as hospital care, education and research.

“The results of these donations help improve the quality of life of the children and their families, along with providing education and research of current illnesses and future treatments,” the Dance Marathon webpage explained.

Dancers should arrive by 2:30 PM on the day of the event and it will start at 3:00 PM. Dance Marathon takes place on Saturday, April 6 and anyone interested is encouraged to pre-register on the SAU Dance Marathon webpage, http://www.saudm.org.

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