Get Involved

Take a look at all of the different ways you can get involved with Dance Marathon at UF. Whether you are interested in becoming a Captain, Dancer, Emerging Leader, Ambassador, Fundraiser, or member of Kirstyn’s Krew, this page is your path to getting involved! There are so many ways to give back through DM at UF, and we would love for you to join our Dance Marathon family and help us make miracles.

Register To Fundraise

Registering to fundraise is the first step to joining the Dance Marathon movement. Creating a fundraising page is quick and easy! Go to the Register to Fundraise page for instructions on how to sign up.

Get Involved with the Dance Marathon Family

If you would like to get involved with our organization, check out the list of positions below!

    Organization: Student Organizations work year-round to support our cause.
    Dancer: Dancers stand on their feet if able for the duration of our Main Event in April to raise funds and awareness for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
    Emerging Leader: Members of our Emerging Leaders Program work alongside the Recruitment Team, providing support to Captain Teams and brainstorming new ideas to ensure a successful future for our organization.
    Captain: Captains belong to 1 of 15 teams and take on yearlong responsibilities specific to their respective teams, with the goal of supporting and promoting our organization.
    Assistant Directors: Individuals who work all year with their respective Overall Directors to ensure steady growth and management within their Captain Teams.
    Overall Directors: The 20 individuals who lead Dance Marathon efforts throughout the year. They are responsible for leading their respective Captain Teams to oversee, expand, and promote our organization.

About

Since 1995, Dance Marathon at UF has raised over $31 million for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Thanks to your dedication and support throughout your college years, we have become the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States.

Dance Marathon at UF knows that the Gator Nation is everywhere. Formed in 2013, Dance Marathon at UF Alumni gives alumni across the country the opportunity to continue to give back and stay involved with their alma mater. Membership is only $40 per year and offers a variety of benefits.

Get Involved!

Our Dance Marathon at UF Alumni continue to support our cause and spread our movement, even after they graduate. Join the DMA and stay a member of DM at UF for years to come with exclusive alumni access at the event and the opportunity to continue your involvement beyond your years at UF.
Become a member today!

Follow us on Instagram, and be sure to like the official page for Dance Marathon at UF Alumni on Facebook to stay connected with the rest of your DM at UF Alumni family.

Lifetime DMA Membership

This lifetime membership provides the following benefits for a one-time fee of $40. If you are signing up for the DMA for the first time, you will receive a complimentary Event Package outlined underneath the membership benefits. Purchase the Lifetime DMA Miracle Membership here .

Membership Benefits Include:

Event Package:

FAQs

Q: I have never been a part of the DMA before and just registered for the first time. What membership do I have?
A: As a first-time DMA member, your $40 fee makes you a Lifetime Miracle Member and provides you with a complimentary Event Package.The following year, you will have to pay $40 for the Event Package if you so choose.

Q: What if I registered for the DMA in a previous year (2015-2021) and never renewed?
A: You are already a Lifetime Miracle Member! Should you want an Event Package, you will have to purchase one for $40. The link to purchase is available here .

Q: Can I purchase an Event Package throughout the year?
A: Yes! However, you can only purchase it up until one month before the event so we are able to accommodate for all of the additional benefits (i.e. t-shirt, brunch, etc.). This year the final day you can purchase the event package is February 28th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to alumni@floridadm.org.

Miracle Gala

Each year, Dance Marathon at UF hosts their Annual Miracle Gala the first night of the Main Event. This year, the Annual Miracle Gala will be held on March 26th, 2022 from 6 PM - 9 PM EST. This year’s Miracle Gala theme is Change Their Future in tribute to our yearlong campaign to #ChooseChange. We hope you will join us to raise funds and awareness for the children at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and help Change Their Future.

This black-tie event is designed for the Dance Marathon at UF community to celebrate a year of achievements, meet other community members and our Miracle Families, experience fine dining, hear from guest speakers, receive exclusive tours of the Main Event, participate in our Silent Auction, and take part in our Raise the Paddle fundraiser which benefits a participant of the donor’s choice.

The night will be filled with many Special Guests, including Miracle Families, UF Health Shands Staff, Community Partners, Sponsors, members of our High School Program, Keynote Speakers, an Alumni Spotlight, and more!

Ticket sales will be launched shortly! When they become available, they will be found here.

For more information or questions about sponsoring the event, please contact the Community Outreach Overall Director, Bridget Richer, at bricher@floridadm.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Applications


Thank you for your interest in Dance Marathon at the University of Florida 2025.

The online application forms are linked below. In order to be considered for a Captain, the Emerging Leaders Program, or Ambassador position, you must:

You can apply for both the Emerging Leaders Program and for Captain Teams. However, your Captain Application will take priority over your Emerging Leader Application. To be eligible to be an Ambassador, you can not hold another position as well.


Manager Application Now Closed

Overall Director Application Now Closed

Assistant Director Applications Now Closed

Captain Application Now Closed

Emerging Leaders Application Now Closed

Ambassador Application Now Closed

If you have any questions regarding applications, please reach out to our Membership Manager, Abby Ferrell, at aferrell@floridadm.org.

What is an Ambassador?

Organization Ambassadors serve as a liaison between Dance Marathon and their respective organization.

Organization Ambassadors will attend weekly meetings to receive information to relay to their Organizations and to work on professional and personal development. These meetings will allow Ambassadors to think creatively and brainstorm together to create new ways to incentivize and engage their members in Dance Marathon. Each Organization will be assigned a Fundraising & Organization Development Captain to work with on Organization involvement and fundraising throughout the year.

Click here to view the 2024 Ambassador Guidelines

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities during the Main Event:

Ambassadors are also encouraged to be Dancers if they choose and are eligible for free Dancer Registration upon meeting expectations of the program.

To participate as an Organization in Dance Marathon, you must register your team each year. First, check to make sure your team is not already registered. To register a new team, please complete the following steps:

  1. Go to floridadm.org and click “Donate.”
  2. Scroll down and click “Register Now.”
  3. Input your information and create a new Organization.
  4. Fill out the proceeding information for your team and once your team has been registered, your members can join your team by following the steps and joining your existing Organization team.

Each team will need an Ambassador to represent them. Please email the Organization Relations Overall, Caroline Lee, at clee@floridadm.org to inform them you have created a team and will be serving as the Ambassador or have plans of selecting an Ambassador in the near future. The Organization Relations Overall will not be able to get in contact with you unless you email them to let them know you started a team.

2023 Ambassadors

Alpha Chi Omega
Louisina Morancy
Hailey Hood
Gamma Eta
Angelyn Castano Caicedo
Sigma Chi
Brogan Tagman
William Galleher

Alpha Delta Pi
Lola Accardi
Gamma Phi Beta
Alexis Pullos
Lauren Klein
Sigma Kappa
Danielle DePaul

Alpha Epsilon Phi
Maggie Goldenberg
Sophie Gaer
Gator Diplomats
Andrew Han
Sigma Nu
Zachary Terwilliger

Alpha Epsilon Pi
Joshua Levin
Jason Snytte
Hispanic Student Association
Paula Gonzalez
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Benjamin Lang
Liam Farrell

Alpha Gamma Rho
Cole Verano
Innovation Academy
Amelia Enciso-Mesa
Shreya Shah
Society of Women Engineers
Elena Rollins
Alessandra Andreozzi

Alpha Omicron Pi
Madison Baker
Nicole Gigliotti
Kappa Alpha Order
Nolan Carpenter
Robert Noble
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Elijah Freedman

Alpha Phi
Casey Strauss
Kelsey Reader
Kappa Alpha Theta
Alexa Diamond
The Gator Aides
Arianna Lowther

AMSA
Taylor Tompkins
Hayley Makowski
Kappa Delta
Kshama Shetty
Madeline Browy
Theta Alpha
Kyla Clewis

Alpha Tau Omega
Cameron Alvarez
James Wachter
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Ava Jones
Theta Chi
Sazzad Mabud

Beta Theta Pi
Paul Kolsun
Kappa Phi Epsilon
Paul McKenzie
Aidan Hall
Theta Tau
Rebecca Merwin
Katherine Walsh

Black Student Union
Louisina Morancy
Desrae Morris
Kappa Sigma
Nolan Hensley
UF Honors Program
Claudia Elena Johnson Cuellar

Chi Omega
Riley Rhoden
Lambda Chi Alpha
Nickolas Powers
UF Pre-Physician Assistant Association
Isabella Clem

Chi Phi
Jacob Bravo
Cole Carpinteri
Omega Phi Alpha
Rachel Farmer
Kristen Rifenberg
Zeta Beta Tau
Brendan Kligerman
Coby Farhi

Delta Chi
Tor Moncrieff
Phi Delta Theta
Answer Langer
Zeta Tau Alpha
Caitlin Gregory

Delta Delta Delta
Jennifer Berthy
Lainey Shapiro
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Cade Ferguson

Delta Gamma
Gabriela Torres de Navarra
Tyller Bauer
Phi Kappa Tau
Brian Beckman

Delta Nu Zeta
Kyra Kimball
Sparsha Padi
Phi Mu
Samantha Butler

Delta Phi Epsilon
Emma Glech
Rachel Lerner
Pi Beta Phi
Elly Rogers
Ashlyn Sullivan

Delta Sigma Phi
Jack Ziegler
Elijah Bloyer
Pi Lambda Phi
Daniel Chaiet
Daniel Fernandez

Delta Tau Delta
Michael Buzzeo
Pi Kappa Alpha
Noah Sastoque
Kruze Peacock

Delta Zeta
Brielle Serovich
Ariana Martinez
Pre-Legal Honor Society
Freedom Scholes


Captain Teams

Each Captain Team is composed of an Overall Director, Assistant Directors and Captains.

Click each tab below to learn more about each team and its responsibilities.

The Dancer Engagement Team is responsible for welcoming and communicating with Dancers by hosting Check-Ins, tracking Dancer involvement and providing a year long experience for Dancers through events and other engagement throughout the year. DE Captains work alongside the Recruitment Team to help register Dancers during registration pushes. Captains will be responsible for a group of Dancers that they will communicate with to promote all DM at UF and Dancer events or opportunities. Captains are expected to attend Check-Ins on Wednesdays in Turlington, where they will Check in Dancers, log their Spirit Points, help with the Check-Ins activity, and spread the word about DM at UF on campus. Dancer Engagement also plans events and other engagement specifically for Dancers, which Captains will help execute! At the Main Event, their job is to Check in Dancers, encourage and support them throughout the 26.2 hours, and run swim/shower overnight. As a DE Captain, you are also expected to be a support system for your Dancers and be a resource to them throughout their entire DM at UF experience!

Overall Director

Raegan DiRenzo

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Frankie Provenzano

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Katie McKeon

Assistant Director of External Relations

Kate Hannah

Captains

The Digital Marketing Team is composed of graphic designers and software developers responsible for making the Dance Marathon at UF brand come to life. Technology Captains are responsible for either the development/maintenance of the website or mobile iOS/Android applications and Design Captains are responsible for the creation of all print/web design needs (merchandise, social media graphics, newsletters, calendars, etc.). Throughout the year, Captains work together to create high-tech, portfolio-quality materials that showcase Dance Marathon as a professional student-run movement. During the Main Event, Captains run the tech booth, which includes managing multiple screens inside the O’Dome, sending app notifications, coordinating audio/visual feeds, and creating in-event graphics.

Overall Director

Cameron Appel

Assistant Director of Internal Design

Katrina Isé

Assistant Director of External Design

Ansley Goldstein

Assistant Director of Internal Technology

Zachary Grosswirth

Assistant Director of External Technology

Eric Hengber

Assistant Director of Internal Affairs

Hailey Paek

Captains

The Family Relations Team is composed of Captains that serve as liaisons between the Dance Marathon at UF community and the Miracle Families. Captains are paired with at least one Miracle Family and their responsibilities include maintaining consistent contact with their paired Miracle Family, facilitating cause-connection between their Family and the community, and organizing events between the Miracle Families and participating Organizations. Captains will attend monthly Family Fun Days, design and build the Family Room for the 26.2-hour Main Event, and facilitate activities and entertainment for the Miracle Families throughout the entirety of the year. Captains will build cause-connection with the entire Dance Marathon at UF community through fostering relationships between Miracle Families, Captains, Ambassadors, Emerging Leaders, Dancers, and the rest of the community.

Overall Director

Dawson Geller

Assistant Director of Family Events

Chloe Claxton

Assistant Director of Tracking

Mary Bennett

Assistant Director of Internal Outreach

Jackson Bond

Assistant Director of External Outreach

Kristen Russo

Captains

The Finance Team is responsible for the financial oversight of Dance Marathon at UF. This is achieved through the creative planning and strategic tracking of fundraising campaigns throughout the year. Captains will actively participate in discussions and spearhead special projects involving the creation of fundraising campaigns, incentives, and templates used by all members of Dance Marathon at UF. Through collaborating with the Merchandise, Digital Marketing, and Organization Relations Teams, Finance Captains will have the opportunity to directly impact fundraising initiatives. The Finance Team tracks and projects year-long fundraising efforts while providing adept insight into program development and application by engaging members, increasing involvement, and coordinating ways to improve the fundraising capabilities of the Organization as a whole. Additionally, Finance Captains have the unique opportunity to apply matching and offline funds through Donor Drive, fostering a deeper connection to the success of Dance Marathon at UF.

Overall Director

Ryan Beany

Assistant Director of Fundraising Development

Aaron Niazi

Assistant Director of Finance Tracking

Tyler Bonnoront

Captains

The Leadership Development Team is responsible for overseeing and running the Emerging Leaders Program. This team will focus on developing and integrating students with minimal previous Dance Marathon experience into the Dance Marathon at UF community through tangible exposure to Dance Marathon’s various leadership roles. As a part of this team, Captains will work to cultivate the leadership skills of the newfound members of our Dance Marathon family. Captains are responsible for not only facilitating and leading their own small group meetings and attending general body meetings, but also tracking, overseeing, and organizing the involvement of the Emerging Leaders in various other Dance Marathon events. During the Main Event, Leadership Development Captains will be responsible for managing and monitoring Emerging Leader’s responsibilities in order to progress Emerging Leader’s roles within Dance Marathon as a whole.

Overall Director

Sophie Linale

Assistant Director of Development

Alyssa Fennen

Assistant Director of Engagement

Maya Vaidya

Assistant Director of Outreach

Emily Brundage

Assistant Director of Tracking

Sophia Cuna

Captains

The Marathon Relations Team is composed of Captains that are responsible for advising and growing Dance Marathon at UF’s high school programs, Mini Marathons. They energize and support our “Minis” by educating students on Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon at UF’s history and culture, as well as guiding them through fundraising and community involvement events throughout their school year. They do this by holding weekly meetings with the High Schoolers and communicating with Student Overalls and Advisors on a consistent basis, as well as updating the rest of the team with their progress at weekly Captain meetings. Marathon Relations Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools in 8 different counties in North and Central Florida by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. Most importantly, the Marathon Relations team attends all of our Mini Marathons, as well as hosts our partnering high school programs during Dance Marathon at the University of Florida. Captains will be responsible for at least one school which they will work closely with all year in order to ensure that school’s success.

Overall Director

Lexi Devescovi

Assistant Director of Established Programs

Madelyn Scaringe

Assistant Director of Evolving Programs

Gabriella Petillo

Assistant Director of New Programs

Grace Nelson

Assistant Director of Operations

Isabella Smedley

Captains

The Merchandise Team is responsible for creating and distributing all official Dance Marathon at the University of Florida merchandise, including clothing, accessories, and fundraising incentives. Captains are responsible for running the DM at UF store in Turlington every Wednesday, at community wide DM events, online, and at Mini Marathons in the spring. Captains must interact with internal and external members to sell merchandise, pass out incentives, and share our cause. Captains are also responsible for facilitating orders with Ambassadors and organizations on campus, organizing Check-In and Event shirts, regularly tracking inventory, managing online sales by packing and shipping orders, and internally fundraising. Before the Main Event, Captains finalize merch designs, fulfill orders, organize inventory, and set up areas for store and incentives. During the Main Event, Captains are responsible for working the merchandise store and incentives booth to pass out products to the Dance Marathon at UF community.

Overall Director

Olivia Knier

Assistant Director of Incentives and Inventory

Alexandra Kaye

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Abby Thibodeau

Assistant Director of Internal Operations

Lauren Klein

Assistant Director of Stores and Mini Marathons

Chloe Lindow

Captains

The Morale Team is responsible for keeping the spirit of Dance Marathon energetic, positive, and meaningful throughout the entire year, prior to and during the 26.2-hour Main Event. Captains do this by engaging with students and the UF community at both Dance Marathon and UF-related events, hosting fall and spring fundraisers, interacting with high school students at Mini Marathons, and much more. Morale Captains bring the Dance Marathon spirit to campus all year. They constantly work to uplift, inspire, and encourage every member of the DM at UF community. In addition, Morale is in charge of creating, planning, and executing “Theme Hours,” which are unique hours during the Main Event that include costumes and activities to entertain the Dancers. Finally, Morale Captains create the Linedance, which connects every person at the 26.2-hour Main Event. Morale then teaches and demonstrates the Linedance at the Main Event and throughout the year.

Overall Director

Dylan Siegel

Assistant Director of Captain Relations

Nina Rico

Assistant Director of Event Planning

Lilliana Remillard

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Sam Gurrerro

Assistant Director of Mini Marathon Coordination

Raina Khanna

Captains

The Multimedia Team is responsible for capturing and editing all photography and videography content for Dance Marathon at the University of Florida throughout the year and during the Main Event. The main goal of the Multimedia Team is to capture content that represents the DM at UF brand and its cause. Multimedia Captains are expected to promptly edit, sort, and upload their photos and videos to be used on our organization’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms. Captains are responsible for acquiring their own camera equipment and software needed, including Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Pro. In addition, Captains are expected to attend DM at UF events, including at least three high school Mini Marathons during the spring semester. Multimedia provides many opportunities for growth, collaboration and Captains are encouraged to learn from their peers. Captains should have previous experience and interest in photography and/or videography, editing, and be willing and motivated to grow in their craft throughout the year. During the 26.2-hour Main Event, Captains take photos and videos with rapid editing turn-around times to be uploaded to DM at UF’s various social media platforms.

Overall Director

Ava Dinow

Assistant Director of Logistics

Braden Romano

Assistant Director of Photography

Sydney Crenshaw

Assistant Director of Social Media

Sky Augusta

Assistant Director of Videography

Rebecca Salamon

Captains

The Organization Relations Team facilitates communication and maintains strong relationships between Dance Marathon (DM) and UF student organizations. This team empowers student groups to get more involved with DM by building connections through dedicated student representatives called Ambassadors. Led by Captains, the Ambassador Program involves weekly meetings to keep Ambassadors informed, engaged, and equipped to involve their organizations in both programming and fundraising. Organization Relations Captains also collaborate with other Family Relations and Dancer Engagement Captains to ensure team alignment. In essence, they act as a liaison, fostering enthusiastic participation from our organizations and maximizing the collective impact of Dance Marathon.

Overall Director

Caroline Lee

Assistant Director of IFC Relations

Peter Koltis

Assistant Director of Panhellenic Relations

Ariana Martinez

Assistant Director of Student Relations

Zosia Czigany

Assistant Director of Operations

Kelsey Reader

Captains

The Outreach Team seeks to grow the Dance Marathon community beyond our student body by sharing our passion and mission to Faculty and Staff, Members’ Families, and the broader Gainesville community. The servant leaders of this team focus on creating and fostering lasting relationships through segmented communication to our external partners. This team serves to connect to Faculty and Staff, Members’ Families, and the external community to our year long engagements and organize events such as Faculty Appreciation Week, Family Weekend, and extending invitations to DM at UF events including but not limited to Moralloween, the Miracles in Color 5k, and the Main Event. The team will plan and engage in various volunteer opportunities with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital on Giving Tuesday and throughout the duration of the school year. These efforts will culminate into an interactive experience during the Main Event to honor the entire community for their continued support of our cause.

Overall Director

Averie Engel

Assistant Director of Community Engagement

Maya Hershkowitz

Assistant Director of University Relations

Lani Tudor-Dodd

Assistant Director of Logistics

Alexandra Polo

Captains

The Partnerships Team works year-round to solicit varied businesses, food distributors, and restaurants in the greater Gainesville area for monetary and in-kind item donations. Partnerships Captains spend a large portion of the year reaching out to these organizations to coordinate donations and sponsorships, building strong relationships, while utilizing skills of leadership, communication, and stewardship. The Partnerships Team is responsible for all food-related needs for the 26.2 hour Main Event and all Dance Marathon at UF events throughout the year, as well as coordinating monthly spirit nights for DM at UF. Captains will help serve food at Dance Marathon at UF events, including throughout the duration of the 26.2 hour Main Event, and will manage check-ins at spirit nights. The Partnerships Team also organizes Miracle Market in the Spring, Silent Auction at the Main Event, a Sponsor Appreciation Event in the Fall, and Miracle Kitchen, an annual food-themed event for our Miracle Children.

Overall Director

Jessica Winograd

Assistant Director of Monetary Donations

Natalie Mann

Assistant Director of In-Kind Donations

Jaiden Lopes

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Elle Lentz

Assistant Director of Events

Chris Keeble

Assistant Director of Logistics

Annie Ross

Captains

The Productions Team is responsible for all logistics and entertainment throughout the year and during the 26.2-hour Main Event. Productions Captains are in charge of building and organizing the homecoming float, planning and executing campus events (including but not limited to Captain Events in fall and spring), coordinating Main Event logistics (such as set up, clean up, strike planning, and event security), helping Morale with the planning and execution of Theme Hours, and booking entertainment for all of our events. The Productions Team carries out all operational duties in the O’Connell Center and assists other teams when necessary with logistics and entertainment.

Overall Director

Caroline Eaton

Assistant Director of Talent Relations

Ashley Paek

Assistant Director of External Logistics

Joshua Rosenblatt

Assistant Director of Internal Logistics

Lillian Ghozali

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Leah Johnson

Captains

The Public Relations Team is responsible for maintaining the external views and public reputation of Dance Marathon at UF. PR Captains work year-round to uphold the organization’s mission statement, vision, and branding. This involves forming relationships with local media sources, writing blogs to share stories and important updates, and using social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok) to connect and engage with our audience. Captains use creativity to construct campaigns throughout the year, write storylines for Multimedia videos, and develop innovative ways to extend DM at UF’s reach and keep the community involved and informed. During the Main Event, Captains are also responsible for escorting the media, updating social media platforms and fundraising-incentive walls, and ensuring the smooth running of the official Livestream.

Overall Director

Grey Chapin

Assistant Director of Internal Communications

Anabella Fernandez

Assistant Director of External Communications

Rylie Pryor

Assistant Director of Social Media

Lainey Shapiro

Captains

The Recruitment Team is responsible for the recruitment of Dancers, Kirstyn’s Krew, Captains, Emerging Leaders, and Organizations to participate in Dance Marathon at UF. Throughout the year, Captains will work with and give presentations to various external organizations, including those who are not currently a part of Dance Marathon, in order to expand our campus involvement. One of the main goals is to find new ways to support other organizations the way they support us. Captains will also utilize flyers about our cause across campus, working to convey the Miracles that Dance Marathon at UF creates and how each student can give back to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. During the Main Event, Captains will lead tours for visitors of various organizations and families to show the culmination of hard work from the year. Each Recruitment Captain will additionally connect our Faculty and Staff to our year long engagement opportunities and organize events such as Faculty Appreciation Week. Recruitment Captains are integral parts of the movement as they inspire and create leaders in our community, all while raising awareness about Dance Marathon at UF and its purpose.

Overall Director

Ava Orlando

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Suki Sidhu

Assistant Director of Tracking

Gabriella Proulx

Assistant Director of External Engagement

Isabella Duarte

Captains

Program Description

The Emerging Leaders Program aims to cultivate the leadership skills of new members of the Dance Marathon community by providing hands-on activities, shadowing opportunities with other captain teams, and education about Dance Marathon at the University of Florida and Children's Miracle Network. The program strives to engage students who have a passion for helping others and who are passionate in our fight for a future without childhood illness.

Members of the Emerging Leaders Program will attend weekly small group meetings and monthly general body meetings. Throughout their small group meetings, Emerging Leaders will focus on completing diverse projects that inspire the Dance Marathon community, expanding their knowledge, leadership, and personal fundraising efforts, and participating in bonding with like-minded peers. At general body meetings, Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to learn more about the goals and efforts of Dance Marathon, hear inspiring stories from our Miracle Families, and gain exposure to prominent speakers from the University of Florida and the Gainesville community.

During the Main Event, Emerging Leaders will have the ability to use the skills they’ve learned throughout the year to participate in various leadership opportunities as well as enjoy the Main Event from different perspectives.

2024 Emerging Leaders

Abby Neal Abhay Thungathurthi Abigail Lofstead Abigail Stafford Ahimsan Sivasekaran Alessandra Dunn
Alexandra Saclayan Alexia Bello Alissa Gonzalez-Mir Ally McGill Amberina Khoja Ana Luiza Queiroz Damo
Angela Hanna Anissa Moraille Annette Concepcion Annie Frost Anthony Soenhnlein Ashley Buckley
Ava Mariani Ava Eckstein-Schoemann Avery Collada Avery Thieman Bianca Filippone Bruna Pereira
Catlin Neumann Caitlyn Galvez Camden Crews Carli Fitzpatrick Carolina Paz Caroline Fuss
Caroline Morris Catherine Hanania Charlee Childers Chase LaGrande Chloe Hutt Christopher Hays
Claire Dean Dakota Moss Daniela Frank-Fernandez Daniela San Martin Elisa Perez-Mena Elise Chapman
Elizabeth Mallard Elizaveta Ivanova Ella Fedewa Ella Hartle Ella Zucchero Ellen Cocurull
Ellie Alvis Elysse Sanchez Emely Almendarez Emilee Hass Emily Celestrin Emma Fetter
Emma Joyner Emma Michalski Emma Shellard Erin Mooney Eryn Klaus Eva Sutton
Evelyn McDaniel Fernando Santiago Balsalobre Gabriel Sengelmann Gabriela Castro Gabriela Wisz Gabriella Paredes
Gavin Winkler Genesis Rodriguez Genevieve Lujan Georgia Little Grace Nesbit Haley Black
Haley Hinkle Haley Randolph Halsey Fore Haven Copeland Heather Thomas Hudson Fry
Illeana West Isabella Gomes Isabella Ward Isabelle Azambuja Isabelle Rosado Izzy Garcia
Jackson Ferlan Jacob Bousky Jenna Bell Jennifer Lynfatt Jesse Zelahy Jessie Haller
Jillian Jones Jocelyn Riley Jocelyn Salpeter Jordyn Klein Julia Cherwony Julianna Tran
Julianne Jane Justien Nguyen Karishma Advani Katelyn Uzila Katherine Anderson Katherine Timmins
Katrina Langer Kayla Flores Kendall O'Connor Kiersten Grimes Kristina Vela Kyle Kuhn
Kyle Silverstain Kyra Jones Lauren Woodhouse Layna Hood Liam Knowles Lilah Edwards
Lindsay Nattis Lindsey Perry Luisa Peralta Macey Warring Madeline Walsh Madisyn Moore
Mallory Loge Marianna Mendoza Marisa Fabian Marisa Ricks Mary Chase Germain Matthew Anderson
Meg Orie Meghan Dunlap Mia Corigliano Mollie Kron Morgan Kronlage Naseh Sukhera
Natalie Mann Naydelin Trejo Nicole Barroso Olivia Book Olivia Martinez Olivia Rodriguez
Raaghuv Nandur Rachel Leiter Rachel Yavner Rebecca Beer Rebekah Zuckerman Riley Taylor
Rylee Brown Ryleigh Gray Sabrina Gomez Samantha Mirer Samantha Puma Samantha Santo
Samantha Squires Samuel Mento Sarah Broe Sarah Eisenberg Sarah Thomas Shannon Detert
Skylar Bons Sofia Amoroso Sofia Bostic Sophia Monsalve Sophia Ode Spencer Sturman
Stella Monforte Surleen Sahni Sydney Holderman Sydney Ohs Sydney Sever Sydney Shapiro
Sydney Stresen-Reuter Sydney Yee Tamille Hutson Thomas Chicles Victoria Hurles Victoria Rios
Vladimir Handjiev William Cioffi

What Is Dancing?

Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is an annual event benefiting the patients of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Each year, students stay awake and on their feet, if able, 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 duration of the Main 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, if able, for the duration of 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!

Please email Raegan DiRenzo, Dancer Engagement Overall Director, at rdirenzo@floridadm.org with any questions!

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.

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.

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.



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, Ava Orlando, at aorlando@floridadm.org.



Kirstyn's Krew

General Information

Kirstyn’s Krew is a program that honors Kirstyn Tripp, our Miracle Child who lost her battle to childhood illness in 2018. Kirstyn's Krew allows students to experience Dance Marathon at the University of Florida from a different perspective and learn more about our fight to end pediatric illness.

As a member of Kirstyn’s Krew, throughout the year, participants will experience all that Dance Marathon at UF has to offer and celebrate the Miracles we make together for the children at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. You will have the opportunity to participate in all DM at UF events, as well as events only open to Kirstyn's Krew, such as bonding events with the Tripp Family.

At the Main Event, you will be permitted to attend a 6-hour shift on either March 26th or March 27th. The shift will consist of a private teaching of the Linedance by our Morale team, various activities around the O’Dome, and an opportunity to hear from and get to know Kirstyn’s family. Kirstyn’s Krew will have a rolling application that requires a $13 minimum fundraising amount on your personal fundraising page. The $13 is raised in honor of her life and the amazing impact she made on our Organization and everyone in her life.

Please email Mary Kate Arbuckle, Recruitment Overall Director, at marbuckle@floridadm.org with any questions!

*Note: You cannot be on Kirstyn’s Krew and a Dance Marathon Captain Team.

Organizations

A variety of University of Florida affeliated Organizations participate in Dance Marathon every year!

Organizations are the backbone of our philanthropy, and we are always looking for more people to join our family! If you would like to get your organization involved with Dance Marathon, please contact the Recruitment Overall, Ava Orlando, at aorlando@floridadm.org.

Below are the Organizations currently involved in Dance Marathon at UF 2023:

Alpha Chi OmegaDelta Delta DeltaKappa Alpha ThetaSigma Chi
Alpha Delta PiDelta GammaKappa DeltaSigma Kappa
Alpha Epsilon PhiDelta Nu ZetaKappa Kappa GammaSigma Nu
Alpha Epsilon PiDelta Phi EpsilonKappa Phi EpsilonSigma Phi Epsilon
Alpha Gamma RhoDelta Sigma PhiKappa SigmaSociety of Women Engineers
Alpha Omicron PiDelta Tau DeltaLamba Chi AlphaTau Epsilon Phi
Alpha PhiDelta ZetaOmega Phi AlphaTau Kappa Epsilon
Alpha Tau OmegaFlorida CiceronesPhi Delta ThetaThe Gator Aides
Beta Theta PiFootprints: Buddy and Support ProgramPhi Eta Sigma Honor SocietyTheta Alpha
Black Student UnionGamma EtaPhi Kappa TauTheta Chi
Brazilian Student Association (BRASA)Gamma Phi BetaPhi MuTheta Tau
Catholic GatorsGator E SportsPi Beta PhiUF Honors Program
Chi OmegaHispanic Student AssociationPi Kappa AlphaUF Pre-Physician Assistant Association
Chi PhiInnovation AcademyPi Lamba PhiZeta Beta Tau
College of PharmacyKappa Alpha OrderPre-Legal Honor SocietyZeta Tau Alpha