Register To Dance

Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is an annual 26.2-hour event benefiting the patients of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Each year, more than 800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

As a Dancer, you will experience one of UF’s most adored traditions. Throughout the 26.2-hour event, you will learn our Linedance, enjoy live entertainment, eat delicious food from our local Sponsors, and hear inspiring stories from our Miracle Families.

In addition to standing 26.2 hours at the Main Event, Dancers will have year-long activities to take part in such as a Dancer Retreat, Registered Dancer Workshops, bonding with their internal Organization and more!

Click Here to Register to Dance

Please email Caroline Lee, Dancer Relations Overall Director, at with any questions!

Dancing as an Individual

You have the option to register to Dance as an individual. When registering to Dance, it will ask you which Organization you are participating with, and there will be an option that says “Participating as an Individual.” Once you complete your registration, a Dance Marathon Captain will reach out to you with further details.

Individual Dancers are placed on a team called Gator Aides. Being a part of Gator Aides will allow you to make connections with other individual Dancers as well as our Miracle Children. Gator Aides have additional opportunities, meetings, and events throughout the year you can choose to attend that will allow you to become even more involved in our cause.

If you have any questions about dancing as an individual or the Gator Aides team, please contact the Recruitment Overall Director, Rebecca Daniel, at

Staying Healthy

  • Stay hydrated! Be sure to bring a water bottle with you to the event to ensure you are drinking enough water. Water and Gatorade will be provided at the Event as well.
  • Stay energized! Take advantage of the meals provided by our Sponsors throughout the Event.
  • Take time to stretch during the event so your muscles don't get as tight and sore.
  • Stay engaged! Participating in the activities, entertainment, and Linedance throughout the Event will help you stay motivated and make your experience more enjoyable.

Packing List

  • Gator 1 ID - Must have to be admitted into the O’Dome.
  • Multiple pairs of socks and underwear. These will do wonders to make you feel refreshed throughout the event.
  • T-shirts, tanks and long sleeve shirts to adjust to the temperature as you need to.
  • Water bottle
  • At least 2 pairs of supportive, comfortable shoes
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Chapstick
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Goldbond powder
  • DM at UF fanny pack
  • Any necessary medications
  • Glasses, contacts or contact solution if necessary
  • Costumes for Theme Hours
  • Phone charger
  • Study material for upcoming exams
  • Games
  • Encouraging notes from friends or family

For Swim/Shower Shifts:

  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
  • Shower shoes

Important Reminders:

  • Lockers are provided to store your things, however, there are not enough lockers for everyone to have his/her own. We suggest leaving any valuables at home.
  • If you have allergies, you will be given a chance to make note of this and you may bring your own snacks.
  • If you have medications, you will be able to turn these in to your Ambassador or Dancer Relations Captain and they will be kept safe in our Medical Room with our medical personnel.


Register to Dance

Click here to register to Dance!

Follow the link and select “Buy Tickets!” Once you complete your registration, a Dance Marathon Captain will reach out to you with further details.

Dancer Registration for Dance Marathon is open for two weeks in the Fall and two weeks in the Spring. To be a Dancer, participants must be enrolled as students at the University of Florida during the spring semester. This includes students who are enrolled but may have an internship in place of classes.

Registering to dance is not the same thing as registering to fundraise. Anyone may register to fundraise at any time throughout the year, but Dancer Registration is only open for the two-week period in the Fall and in the Spring.

You may register to dance with an Organization team or as an individual. If you are a member of an Organization that does not currently participate in Dance Marathon, you may start a team by registering on DonorDrive.

Please note: registration does not guarantee Dancer spots. Dancer spots are allocated in the Spring based off of Organizational or individual achievements.

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 doing 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.
The money paid for the registration fee goes toward their Organization’s total amount raised.
You do not have to be in an Organization to register to Dance. You can register as an individual using the link under Dancer Resources; individual Dancers will be placed onto the Gator Aides team. Gator Aides is a team that allows individual Dancers to participate in Dance Marathon at UF with a group although they are not registered with an Organization.