Fast Facts / Nomenclature

Where the Money Goes

All of the funds raised go to UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, our local Children Miracle Network hospital. Of these funds, most recently, 48% goes to research, 10% to education and 42% to patient care.
How much of the money goes to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital: 100% of total raised

Length of Dance Marathon at UF

Before 2008: 32 hours
After 2008: 26.2 hours

Total Hours Danced

651.8 hours
367,081.2 hours by all of our dancers combined
Year that DM at UF started: 1995

Participants

Number of Dancers in 2016: 815 (maximum capacity)
Number of Captains: 365
Number of Staff: 454
Number of participants in total (including Overalls, Captains, Dancers and Staff): 6,833
Number of Miracle Families: 77
Number of Sponsors: 150
Most Years as a Dancer: 12 years, Matt Michel

Fundraising

43,746 donations on Donor Drive
6,861 fundraisers raised at least $1
Amount raised in 2016: $2,434,315.18
Total amount raised in past 22 years: more than $12.5 million ($12,531,016)
Community Events: 5 events - Bowling, Dodgeball, Food Truck Rally, FT5K, Cirque du FTK

Event Title

First Reference: Dance Marathon at the University of Florida
Second Reference: Dance Marathon at UF
Social Media and Marketing Reference: DM at UF
Not Acceptable: DM UF, UF DM, DM @ UF

Hospital Title

First Reference: UFHealth Shands Children’s Hospital
Second Reference: UFHealth Shands

Motto

FTK means “For the Kids”

Children and Their Families

Miracle Family
Miracle Children
Miracle Child (0-12)
Miracle Teen (13-18)
Miracle Gator Nation (19+)

Volunteer Positions

  • Overall Directors
    • Overall Director
    • External Communication
    • Internal Communication
    • Finance
    • Community Events
    • Creative Development
    • Dancer Relations
    • Family Relations
    • Fundraising
    • Hospitality
    • Marathon Relations
    • Merchandise
    • Morale
    • Multimedia
    • Outreach
    • Productions
    • Public Relations
    • Recruitment
    • Sponsorships
  • Assitant Directors & Captains
    • Community Events
    • Creative Development
    • Dancer Relations
    • Family Relations
    • Fundraising
    • Hospitality
    • Marathon Relations
    • Merchandise
    • Morale
    • Multimedia
    • Outreach*
    • Productions
    • Public Relations
    • Recruitment
    • Sponsorships
  • FTKrew
  • Delegates
  • Dancers
  • Fundraisers
  • Dance Marathon Alumni Association (DMAA)
Not necessarily. Dancer spots are allocated based off of participation and fundraising goals set for each organization and individual.
Yes, registering to fundraise and registering to dance are two separate things.
Yes, you must be enrolled as a student during the spring semester in which Dance Marathon takes place. This also applies to those registered with UF who are taking an internship in place of classes.
You must be wearing a DM shirt to check in for spirit points. The purpose of wearing the shirt is to spread awareness around campus.
Click the Dancer Resources tab above for instructions.
Spirit Points are used to keep track of each organization’s participation in our events and incentives throughout the year leading up to Dance Marathon. There is a friendly competition between teams and the winner will be announced at closing ceremonies for Dance Marathon.
The money they paid for the registration fee will be allocated back to their organization’s total.