From 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, until 7 a.m. the following day, UNC Charlotte had its second annual dance marathon.
The event, titled Charlotte Dance Marathon, is a charity fundraising program to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital.
Last year the event was called the Dance Mine, but has been changed this year to the Charlotte Dance Marathon to tie in with the national Dance Marathon movement.
The event is filled with a variety of events and dancing. This year, participants had the opportunity to take a swing dance lesson taught by a team of professional swing dancers. Participants were also able to take part in a Jazzercise exercise lesson, which is similar to the popular dance exercise Zumba. There was also a bounce house, food and many other activities throughout the night.
Organizers were very excited for the long awaited event and to finally see how much was raised for the Levine Children’s Hospital over the past year, since the last dance marathon.
Kelsey Mongeau was one of the organizers of the event. “The great thing is that 100 percent of the proceeds go straight to the Levine Children’s Hospital, all money raised goes to support the continued health of the families,” Mongeau said.
According to Mongeau, another goal of the event is to “bridge the gap between students and the community.”
The dance marathon is one way organizers try to get UNC Charlotte more involved in supporting the community.
Organizers also hope to foster the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the Levine Children’s Hospital in other ways too, like bringing in student artists and athletes to spend time with children at the hospital.
Last year, the dance marathon raised a total of $35,066 for the Levine Children’s Hospital. This year, the total reached up to $49,049.
For more information about the Charlotte Dance Marathon, or to make a donation, visit their website at http://www.charlottedm.org/.
Photos by Christina Harris and Jared Cline.