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 16 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 21 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.


Since 1995, Dance Marathon at UF has raised over $28 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:

  • Monthly E-Newsletter updates
  • Preferred Access at the event to the DMA VIP room
  • Opportunity to participate as a DMA Dancer* at the event
  • Voting and leadership opportunities for the DMA Board
  • Inclusion and invites to regionally hosted DMA events
  • First year members get a complimentary Event Package
  • *DMA Dancer registration fees apply.

Event Package:

    DMA members can purchase an exclusive event package to enhance their experience during the Dance Marathon weekend in spring. This package is ideal for those who plan to attend Dance Marathon at UF and can be purchased for $40 up to one month before the event. If this is your first year signing up for the DMA, you will automatically receive a complimentary Event Package included in your Lifetime Miracle Membership. Purchase the DMA Event Package here.

    The Event Package includes:

  • Opportunity to participate in a behind-the-scenes hospital tour
  • Opt-in to receive the DMA event t-shirt**
  • Discounted Miracle Gala tickets
  • Tickets to the DMA Brunch during the event
  • Ability to receive fundraising incentives during the event
  • Access to the Family Room at the event
  • *DMA event t-shirt opt-in includes a direct mailing option for those members unable to attend the event.


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

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 We look forward to seeing you there!


Thank you for your interest in Dance Marathon at the University of Florida 2023.

The online application forms are linked below. In order to be considered for a a Captain, ELP, 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 Operations Manager, Zach Zelenak, at

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 2022 Ambassador Guidelines


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 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 Fundraising & Organizational Development Overall, Kellyn Murphy, at to inform him you have created a team and will be serving as the Ambassador or have plans of selecting an Ambassador in the near future. The Fundraising & Organizational Development Overall will not be able to get in contact with you unless you email him to let him 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

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 Community 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, Dance Marathon Alumni (DMA), and the broader Gainesville community. The servant leaders of this team focus on creating lasting relationships with our Community Partners by engaging in regular volunteering events and planning organization-wide service days, including but not limited to Giving Tuesday. The members of this team connect our Faculty and Staff, Members’ Families, and Dance Marathon Alumni to our yearlong engagements and organize events such as Faculty Appreciation Week, Family Weekend, and DMA Weekend. This team brings together this entire community by planning the annual Miracle Gala, a formal occasion during the main event where we honor outstanding members of the DM community and hold Raise The Paddle.

Overall Director

Bridget Richer

Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Madison Woodard

Assistant Director of Community Partnerships

Jackson Jeffares

Assistant Director of Creative Events

Aria Patel

Assistant Director of Event Logistics

Katherine Borland


Alyssa Ali | Regan Bellantoni | Miranda Benjamin | Caitlin Casady | Emily Chattin | Adele Dorion | Abigail Dugas | Aadil Farid | Isabella Fogarty | Gabi Goldenberg | Maya Hershkowitz | Miles Jeffares | Maggie Mcguane | Nataly Montenegro | Sarina Parikh | Zoe Primack | Heather Sley | Lani Tudor-Dodd | Sonali Vijay | Gabriella Williams | David Zaibert
The Dancer Relations 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. DR 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 Relations 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 DR 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

Lily Batley

Assistant Director of Check-Ins

Marissa Northrop

Assistant Director of Dancer Engagement

Nikki Cuomo

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Emily Lupo

Assistant Director of External Relations

Abbey Ladd


Aline Capuano | Ashleigh Churchill | Bianca Ciancio | Abigail Cohen | Mai-Brie Conklin | Bayley Edwards | Maisie Farrell | Andie Galpern | Garrett Gerard | Marielle Goldschlag | Natalie Good | Michael Hampton | Annika Holmstrom | Payton Kadivar | Alex Katsotis | Emily Kelly | Nicole Klein | Sabrina Kresse | Kellie Kulp | Caroline Lee | Kaleigh Lentine | Daniel Lewis | Morgan Liotta | Lauren Maya | Carley Mccammon | Mary Pahides | Alejandro Ramirez | Lauren Rugh | Carly Salk | Kristin Santaniello | Samantha Sawka | Alli Schwartz | Rachael Siegel | Samantha Smith | Gianna Spadavecchia | Sara Sugerman | Amanda Veltri | Chloe Wai
The Design & Technology 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

Brianna Barron

Assistant Director of Internal Design

Cameron Appel

Assistant Director of External Design

Jordan Corina

Assistant Director of Technology

Hailey Paek

Assistant Director of Internal Affairs

Anderson Allen


Rachel Bernstein | Lexy Cohen | Camille Eyman | Jessica Freeman | Gabrielle Friedman | Natalie Kwak | Joshua Lamb | Katie Mcdonnell | Lauren Nigri | Rachel Peterson | Sami Sepehri | Emsley Thornton | Aaron Upchurch | Sydney Wall
The Family Relations Team Captains 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, coordinating the Pen Pal program between various groups, 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

Carley Smith

Assistant Director of Family Events

Rachel Nattis

Assistant Director of Family Outreach

Isabel Curtis

Assistant Director of Tracking

Caroline McMillan

Assistant Director of Community

Michael Muhlbach


Nolan Anschuetz | Samara Becker | Rachel Beer | Mary Bennett | Logan Black | Jackson Bond | Brooke Christopher | Olivia Daniel | Ethan Davis | Jamsiyn Derks | Taylor Doering | Piper Dowdell | Lily Dvorchik | Faith Freeman | Grace Freeman | Dawson Geller | Hannah Kairab | Patrick Kline | Abbey Lantinberg | Samantha Litman | Ryan Magee | Abby Mcdade | Alexa Miller | Gabrielle Monk | Macy Monsour | Hollen Parsons | Connor Pitisci | Faith Ramirez | Kristen Russo | Ally Salzberg | Molly Sankey | Halle Silver | Amelia Tayag | Paola Toro | Ali Torregrosa | Noah Towbin | Gabby Vogel | Rachel Vogin | Alexis Waltzer | Anne-Charles Zimmer
The Fundraising and Organization Development Team is both responsible for financial oversight of Dance Marathon at UF and the coordination of the Ambassador Program. This program provides student Organizations at UF the opportunity to develop their involvement in Dance Marathon at UF through their chosen Ambassadors. Each Captain is assigned several Ambassadors to work with throughout the year, acting as the liaison for the Organization to engage members, increase involvement, and provide concrete ways they can improve their fundraising capabilities. These Captains play an integral role in the success of Dance Marathon at UF by ensuring that their Ambassadors have updated and accurate information regarding their finance tracking, upcoming events and deadlines. Captains will lead weekly meetings with their assigned Ambassadors and are also expected to coordinate with the Family Relations and Dancer Relations Teams in regard to their Organization(s).

Overall Director

Kellyn Murphy

Assistant Director of Organization Relations

Victoria Grande

Assistant Director of Fundraising Engagement

Molly Hubbard

Assistant Director of Internal Operations

Dilon Bruncaj

Assistant Director of External Operations

Janel Hernandez


Mya Arong | Elijah Bloyer | Aine Booth | Alexander Briones | Savannah Chalmers | Grey Chapin | Abby Coleman | Jessie Cramer | Olivia Delevan | Daniel Dvorak | Morgan Emmi | Clara Flint | Irina Frangos | Andrew Kistner | Zackary Kroyer | Madalyn Lueken | Victoria Lutz | Vaia Mavilla | Alexa Mazloff | Kara Motsch | Andrew Neclerio | Nolan Sanchez | Ellie Saunders | Morgan Simpson | Nick Soviero | Lara Symons | Jack Watkins
The Hospitality Team works year-round with local restaurants to coordinate monthly Hospitality fundraising nights for Dance Marathon at UF. Captains spend a large portion of the year reaching out to large food corporations and local restaurants in the Gainesville area to coordinate donations and corporate sponsorships. Hospitality is responsible for all food-related needs for the 26.2-hour Main Event and all community events throughout the year. Captains will help serve food at Dance Marathon at UF events and will Check in attendees of our Hospitality Nights. The Hospitality Team also hosts an annual food-themed event for our Miracle Children, called Miracle Kitchen. Captains plan, solicit, and serve a continuous flow of food to all participants for the duration of the 26.2-hour Main Event.

Overall Director

Gwyneth Bishara

Assistant Director of Hospitality Events

Brooke Freeman

Assistant Director of Hospitality Nights

Riley Duffy

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Ava Peiser

Assistant Director of Internal Relations

Allison Burns


Adam Birnbaum | Natalya Escobar | Reese Harper | Parker Hershkowitz | Alex Licht | Ethan Morandi | Abby Nussbaum | Liam O'Brien | Adam Paroff | Caroline Patterson | Leah Rison | Julia Saltzstein | Madison Schain | Ava Sheppard | Jessica Squadrito | Haley Strauch | Samantha Strobel | Ian Tajalli | Rhyan Tappan | Mackendrick Zavitz
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

Amelia Williamson

Assistant Director of Development

Darian Schneider

Assistant Director of Engagement

Alex Gruber

Assistant Director of Outreach

Emma Kate Joiner

Assistant Director of Tracking

Corinna Kuschnitzky


Emma Ackerman | Marcella Almgren | Andrew Bass | Michael Behling | Taylor Benson | Megan Blankenship | Camryn Boyette | Ryan Boyle | Ally Bravo | Coleman Brown | Amanda Carroll | Ava Carter | Brooke Collins | Logan Crawford | Madelyn Debski | Mandy Eastwood | Christian Hunter | William Jarrett | Chloe Jezerinac | Sophia Linale | Haley Mainwaring | Sophia Matthews | Maggie Mcmahan | Willow Oblin | Rhea Patel | Aoife Redmond | Joey Sheiner | Hensley Smith | Abigail Strzempka | Reece Tappan | Samantha Tedesco | Alana Toby
The Marathon Relations North Team Captains are responsible for advising and growing Dance Marathon at UF’s high school programs, Mini Marathons. Marathon Relations is composed of two teams: Marathon Relations North and Marathon Relations South. 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 North Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools in Gainesville and Ocala area, by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. Most importantly, the Marathon Relations North team attends all of our North 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

Harper Grabenhorst

Assistant Director of Northern Programs

Kaylin White

Assistant Director of New and Evolving Programs

Claire Weitz

Assistant Director of Finance and Sponsorships

Ryan Athay

Assistant Director of Projects and Communications

Kayla Zweben


Adel Acs | Emma Bissell | Elizabeth Calabro | Taylor Callaway | Sean Campbell | Lexi Devescovi | Abby Ferrell | Kayleigh Gallo | Jt Girman | Grace Grier | Laurel Guffey | Kaley Hildebrand | Reagan Jones | Katie Kovar | Ashley Liddell | Adriana Ortega | Valeria Ortega | Chloe Rubin | Isabella Smedley | Sophia Spata | Lauren Still | Ansley Williams | Natalie Work | Ivey Young
The Marathon Relations South Team Marathon Relations Captains are responsible for advising and growing Dance Marathon at UF’s high school programs, Mini Marathons. Marathon Relations is composed of two teams: Marathon Relations North and Marathon Relations South.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 South Captains focus on strengthening relationships with high schools in the southern region, by helping them plan and implement their own Mini Marathons. Most importantly, the Marathon Relations South team attends all of our South 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

Rebecca Brennan

Assistant Director of Southern Programs

Toni JeBailey

Assistant Director of New and Evolving Programs

Jackie Aloumanis

Assistant Director of Finance and Sponsorships

Abigail Crawford

Assistant Director of Projects and Communications

Chloe Cornett


Elizabeth Alarcon | Emma Arigo | Tiffany Cain | Efthymia Copulos | Kristin Deaver | Amanda Fernandez | Skylar Finkel | Gianna Gallo | Kate Hannah | Lindsay Hersh | Matthew Lehman | Zoe Leitner | Shannon Manning | Julia Mortensen | Gabriella Petillo | Mary Reagan Phillips | Khalin Pudupakkam | Julia Rocco | Jordyn Smith | Lauren Suggs | Annalee Watts | Jessica Winograd
The Merchandise Team The Merchandise Captain 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

McKinley Elson

Assistant Director of Inventory and Incentives

Jackie Snytte

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Bryce Brandfon

Assistant Director of Internal Operations

Kalie Wright

Assistant Director of Stores

Emily Gill


Isabel Acosta | Jamie Ambos | Sophia Clemmensen | Amira Creason | Anabel De La Hoz | Nicole Desilva | Grace Gordish | Patrick Grey | Hailey Hartle | Mackenzie Hunt | Sofia Isayev | Perri Kisha | Olivia Knier | Ashlyn Kyser | Alexandra Levine | Emma Maclaren | Grant Meece | Lindsey Meiner | Sam Roth | Sarah Roth | Maya Rodrig | Macy Thompson | Jazlyn Yarbrough
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

Victoria Leary

Assistant Director of Captain Relations

Sydney Fialkow

Assistant Director of Fundraising

Seth Kahler

Assistant Director of Mini Marathon Coordination

Julia Cesare

Assistant Director of Event Planning

Kat Polaski


Bronson Allemand | Juliette Andrews | Ryan Beany | Olivia Caldara | Isabel Chris | Jordan Cohan | Liz Delegal | Lexi Dovale | Madelon Enneking | Casey Farrell | Gina Fimiano | Logan Foster | Anna Garst | Brandon Gerardi | Elise Heidlebaugh | Peyten Hernandez | Kayla Kaufman | Mary Grace Kelly | Elisabeth Kern | Elizabeth Kern | Sydney Kollas | Isabella Leandri | Joshua Levin | Ryan Linthorst | Sara Liss | Drew Mcnally | Brooke Micallef | Caroline Murray | Lauren Nau | Liz Noonan | Dante Prado | Halle Prilik | Natalie Saliwanchik | Amit Sapir | Filomena Selvanik | Katherine Signori | Dylan Siegel | Casey Siner | Jacob Smith | Kristina Smith | Katie Swartzlander | Courtney Thomas | Eileen Vara | Haley Wadsworth | Joshua Waters | Mistie Webb
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

Marlee Wittner

Assistant Director of Logistics

Madison Murray

Assistant Director of Photography

Natalie Tajeddine

Assistant Director of Social Media

Anna Glass

Assistant Director of Videography

Braden Romano


Alessandra Ayala | Arnav Barpujari | Jennifer Blardonis | Lauren Bonet | Sydney Calle | Isabel Crist | Ashley Dankese | Alexis (Lexi) Deboer | Ava Dinow | Grayson Eastman | Emyle Garcia | Mary Beth Garrison | Sophia Gonzalez | Shelby Hatcher | Logan Henley | Brooke Johnson | Jessica Kuehler | Noah Morrow | Rebecca Salamon | Maura Schaeffer | Luke Scheper | Sarena Seeger | Kaavya Sethumadhavan | Evan Stice | Kaiyu Zhou
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

Kathryn Taylor

Assistant Director of External Logistics

David Brennan

Assistant Director of Internal Logistics

Dylan Goodelle

Assistant Director of Talent Relations

Samantha Flyer


Bianca Arocha | Sophia Baird | Matthew Barrett | William Berry | Daniel Buonadonna | Caroline Eaton | Zachary Elowitch | Emily Guerra | Tyler Hersch | Leah Johnson | Corey Loss | Ryan Maze | Bradley Miller | Nicole Molina | Reagan Pomp | Mackenzie Potts | Uma Raja | Aubree Robinson | Joshua Rosenblatt | Andrew Salk | Sydney Savage | Brian Schildt | Logan Spiegelman | Georgette Suarez | Riley Towbin
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

Molly Metcalf

Assistant Director of Communications

Carlee Hontz

Assistant Director of Publications

Ashley Hearn

Assistant Director of Social Media

Jamie Knox

Assistant Director of Media Outreach

Karina Wilson


Hope Barrist | Cole Buffa | Brennan Dampier | Averie Engel | Aliyah Formont | Alexis Gershuny | Leah Grobman | Trevor Isakson | Olivia Leeper | Veronica Nobles | Sydney Pappas | Romy Peretz | Jesse Pickel | Olivia Romano | Ellie Simkhai | Gabby Spitz | Hannah Stefan | Gaby Tryzmel | Ryan Tweeddale | Haley Wade
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

Brandon White

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

Mary Kate Arbuckle

Assistant Director of Faculty Relations

Taryn Smith

Assistant Director of Tracking

Anna-Sophia "Sophie" Hadley


Ariel Banfalvy | Isabella Delrosario | Raegan Direnzo | Tomas Gayoso | Isabella Gray | Kacey Hamlin | Mary Hanania | Allie Harbaruk | Jordan Hartman | Ashley Kiker | Lauren Kuller | Leamarie Mattia | Victoria Moltzan | Bryanne Parks | Erin Partlow | Kasey Permenter | Katie Piskun | Sukhman Sidhu | Madison St. Pierre | Anna Kate Stoner | Raelin Terrell | Victoria Theiss | Nicole Turner | Evelyn Vaughan | Sophia Villaverde | Julia Zager
The Sponsorships Team works yearlong to solicit businesses for monetary and in­-kind item donations. Through reaching out to businesses, both local and national, Sponsorships Captains will build strong relationships with our sponsors, utilizing skills of leadership, communication, and stewardship. Captains are also responsible for organizing and working the Silent Auction at the Main Event as well as organizing Miracle Market in the spring.

Overall Director

Alexa Katz

Assistant Director of Logistics

Sophia Marne

Assistant Director of Outreach

Alexandra Patrascoiu

Assistant Director of Stewardship

Kate Gaucher


Zachary Abrams | Ansley Angulo | Austin Armbruster | Emily Bernstein | Elizabeth Bond | Griffin Boyd | Ryan Blume | Paul Czerniak | Dominique Dimeglio | Alli Dronsick | Spencer Gary | Eliza Greenwald | Christopher Keeble | Alexandra Longa | Sarah Mcpherson | Caitlin Moran | Ravi Patel | Preston Serra | Matthew Shake | William Steed | Jenna Stevens | Manuel Uribe

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.

2023 Emerging Leaders

Abhay Tak Abhay Warren Adam Crasnow Aleah Henley Alexa Gottlieb Alexa Ziff
Alexandra Miller Alexandria Adler Alyssa Fennen Amina Mubarak Angela Trinh Angela Kara Hopkinson
Angelina Fentress Anna Adams Ashley James Ava Fore Ben Stone Boyd Nelson
Breanna Macumber Brooke McQuilken Brooke Morren Caelan Brindise Camden Nolde Camila Mendoza
Carly Miller Caroline Schapansky Catherine Tyler Cathryn Miles Cecilia Coleman Chelsea Boyer
Cristyl Rodriguez Daniela Villarreal Diana Nguyen Dylan McCarrick Eleanor Amoriello Ella Bray
Ellie Neal Emily Brundage Emily Sanz Emma Helgeson Emma Sugarman Faith Giambalvo
Gabriela Verez Gabriella Luna Gabriella Smith Grace Anderson Grace Carreno Grace Krantzberg
Grace Peters Grace Press Grant Collins Gregory Cohen Gregory Wareham II Hailea Herrera
Hailey Petriccione Haley Jones Hannah Ross Harrison Winton Hilary Taylor Hollyn O'Brien
Ian Perry Inaya Siddiqui Isabela Perdomo Isabella Kabacinski Isabella Sergeant Isabella Spagnolo
Isabelle Ballantine Jack Broseman Jack Vitchock Jadelyn Daniels James Wahl Janelle Sumbeling
Jaxon Russell Jenna Benjamin Jenna Stanley Jennifer Gardner Jeremy Marks Jessica Borowski
Joah Levine Jordan Kier Jordyn Hannum Joy Johnson Juliana Martino Kaden Powell
Kate Bass Kate Caskey Kate Ise Katerina Karamanis Katherine Nessa Kayleigh Sullivan
Kendall Wilson Kiara Mackenney Kimberley Winn Kira Schwartzberg Koralene Pearce Kylie Finkelstein
Kylie Katims Kylie Warsaw Laynee Plawa Liam Berko Liam Pattison Lillian Ghozali
Lilliana Remilliard Lily Frank Lindsey Davis London Taylor Lucy Lopate Mackenzie Gale
Madylin Morse Makenzie Cole Mallorie Watson Mallory Canavan Marissa Zuppa Max Leach
Maya Vaidya Megan Sheehan Meredith Brown Mia Filoramo Morgan Mayhann Morgan Zvolska
Natalie Ehrenwerth Natalija Grkovic Nate Bilgoray Nicholas Tayag Nicolas Gonzalez Nicole Hernalsteen
Noa Pogany Noah Hollander Noah Spatz Olivia Erstling Olivia Replogle Rachael Friederich
Rachel Talley Rebecca Reich Remi Sanchez Rilee Spegar Riley Hearn Ryan Goldblum
Samantha Guerrero Samantha Kinggard Samuel Bennet Sarah McCluskey Sean Behling Sheryl Kim
Skylar Mac Calla Sophia Cuna Sydney Corn Timothy Hodges Trevor Shepherd Tyler Bonnoront
Tyler Sentz Vanessa Waskowski Victoria Poliak Victoria Shelford Whitney Dreyer William Lynfatt
Yedalm Song Zachary Valdes Zeena Karkaria Zoe Gilliard

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!

Click Here to Register to Dance

Please email Lily Batley, Dancer Relations Overall Director, at 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

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.

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, Brandon White, at

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 Brandon White, Recruitment Overall Director, at with any questions!

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


Over 100 Organizations at the University of Florida 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, Brandon White, at

Below are the Organizations currently involved in Dance Marathon at UF 2021:

AMSADelta GammaNational Society of Collegiate ScholarsSigma Kappa
Alpha Chi OmegaDelta Nu ZetaNina Karlinsky Memorial TeamSigma Nu
Alpha Delta PiDelta Phi EpsilonOmega Phi AlphaSigma Phi Epsilon
Alpha Epsilon PhiDelta Sigma PhiPhi Delta ThetaSigma Phi Lamda
Alpha Epsilon PiDelta Tau DeltaPhi Epsilon KappaSociety of Women Engineers
Alpha Gamma RhoDelta UpsilonPhi Eta Sigma Honor SocietyTau Kappa Epsilon
Alpha Omicron PiDelta ZetaPhi Gamma Delta (FIJI)The Gator Aides
Alpha PhiDoctors Without Borders Student ChapterPhi Kappa TauThe Navigators
Alpha Phi OmegaDream TeamPhi MuTheta Alpha
Alpha Tau OmegaEpsilon Sigma AlphaPhi Sigma PiTheta Chi
Beta Theta PiFootprints: Buddy and Support ProgramPi Beta PhiTheta Tau
CHSCGamma EtaPi Delta PsiTone Def A Cappella
Catholic GatorsGamma Phi BetaPi Kappa AlphaUF Honors Program
Chi OmegaGator BandPi Kappa PhiUF Innovation Academy
Chi PhiHispanic Student AssociationPi Lamba PhiUF MBA
College of EducationKappa Alpha OrderPre-Legal Honor SocietyUF MEDLIFE
College of MedicineKappa Alpha ThetaPreview StaffUF Signing Gators
College of NursingKappa DeltaPublic Health and Health ProfessionsUFAA: Florida Cicerones
College of PharmacyKappa Kappa GammaSHPEZeta Beta Tau
Cupcakes for a CureKappa Phi EpsilonSigma AlphaZeta Tau Alpha
Dancin' GatorsKappa SigmaSigma Alpha Epsilon 
Delta Delta DeltaLamba Chi AlphaSigma Chi 


Dance Marathon at UF aims to support the community which gives so much to our cause by uplifting local non-profits and service organizations, our Community Partners, throughout the year! DM at UF offers service opportunities for our members to engage with these Community Partners year round and earn spirit points.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Partner or have any questions, please contact our Community Outreach Overall Director, Bridget Richer at

Volunteer Dates

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Meet our Community Partners:

Meet our Community Partners! These non-profit and service organizations help better the lives of those who live in the Gainesville Community, the community which gives so much to Dance Marathon at UF. As an organization whose goal is to create change, we hope to uplift our Community Partners throughout the year.