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

678 hours
388,696.2 hours by all of our dancers combined
Year that DM at UF started: 1995

Participants

Number of Dancers in 2017: 825 (maximum capacity)
Number of Captains: 412
Number of Emerging Leaders: 159
Number of FTKrew: 254
Number of participants in total (including Overalls, Captains, Dancers and Staff): 7,634
Number of Miracle Families: 85
Number of Sponsors: 150
Most Years as a Dancer: 12 years, Matt Michel

Fundraising

49,074 donations on Donor Drive
4,643 fundraisers raised at least $1
Amount raised in 2017: $2,724,324.19
Total amount raised in past 23 years: more than $15.2 million ($15,255,340)
Events: 4 events - Bowling, Kickball, FT5K, FTKFestival

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: UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Second Reference: UF Health 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
    • Excecutive Director
    • External Manager
    • Internal Manager
    • Membership Development Manager
    • Finance Manager
    • Creative Development
    • Dancer Relations
    • Family Relations
    • Fundraising
    • Hospitality
    • Leadership Development
    • Marathon Relations
    • Merchandise
    • Morale
    • Multimedia
    • Outreach
    • Productions
    • Public Relations
    • Recruitment
    • Sponsorships
  • Assitant Directors & Captains
    • Creative Development
    • Dancer Relations
    • Family Relations
    • Fundraising
    • Hospitality
    • Leadership Development
    • Marathon Relations
    • Merchandise
    • Morale
    • Multimedia
    • Outreach*
    • Productions
    • Public Relations
    • Recruitment
    • Sponsorships
  • Emerging Leaders
  • 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.