Fast Facts / Nomenclature

Where the Money Goes

100% of the funds raised by DM at UF go directly 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.

Patient care funding provides necessities such as bandages and patient gowns, as well as life-saving equipment and hospital improvements including the recent expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These funds also provide sleeper sofas for parents, playrooms for children, and Child Life programs, in an effort to make hospital stays more enjoyable for children and their families. Research funding helps our doctors find solutions for incurable diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and cancer, and it allows them to develop new technology and enhanced processes that improve the daily lives of pediatric patients. Education funding supports programs such as Child Life Diversion therapy and goes toward raising funds and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network.

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 2019: 825 (maximum capacity)
Number of Captains: 531
Number of Emerging Leaders: 191
Number of FTKrew: 74
Number of Participants (including Overall Directors, Captains, Emerging Leaders and FTKrew): 5,896
Number of Miracle Families: 74
Number of Sponsors: 150
Most Years as a Dancer: 12 years, Matt Michel

Fundraising

49,074 donations on Classy
4,643 fundraisers raised at least $1
Amount raised in 2019: $3,230,025.23
Total amount raised in past 25 years: more than 21.5 million dollars

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+)

Positions

  • Overall Directors
    • Executive Director
    • Operations Manager
    • Marketing Manager
    • Membership Manager
    • Finance Manager
    • Community Outreach
    • Dancer Relations
    • Design and Technology
    • Family Relations
    • Fundraising and Orginization Development
    • Hospitality
    • Leadership Development
    • Marathon Relations
    • Merchandise
    • Morale
    • Multimedia
    • Productions
    • Public Relations
    • Recruitment
    • Sponsorships
  • Assistant Directors & Captains
    • Community Outreach
    • Dancer Relations
    • Design and Technology
    • Family Relations
    • Fundraising and Orginization Development
    • Hospitality
    • Leadership Development
    • Marathon Relations
    • Merchandise
    • Morale
    • Multimedia
    • Productions
    • Public Relations
    • Recruitment
    • Sponsorships
  • Emerging Leaders
  • FTKrew
  • Delegates
  • Dancers
  • Fundraisers
  • Dance Marathon Alumni (DMA)
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.