Get your dancing shoes ready

Dance Marathon to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network

WUSTL community members looking to give back to the community and have a little fun in the process are encouraged to attend the 2010 St. Louis Area Dance Marathon beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Field House of the Athletic Complex.

Whitney Curtis

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Risa Zwerling Wrighton show off their moves during last year’s Dance Marathon.

The student-run 12-hour dance-a-thon is the culmination of a year’s worth of fund-raising for Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis.

“Dance Marathon brings together more than 1,000 people from Washington University and local colleges and high schools for 12 hours of dancing and giving back to our community,” says Hannah Elkus, a senior in Arts & Sciences and co-executive director of this year’s event.

“During DM, participants can watch student groups perform, enjoy our giant inflatables and hang out with the Miracle Children who have been treated at one of the two Children’s Miracle Network hospitals — St. Louis Children’s Hospital or Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.”

Visitors are welcome to join the fun between 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, and 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Visitors are asked to make a $5 contribution to Children’s Miracle Network when they enter.

The day’s schedule includes performances from several WUSTL dance groups as well as contests and games.

Participants and visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a raffle for one round-trip airline ticket courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Tickets can be purchased throughout the event for $5 each, or five for $20. Visitors also can enter an auction for a variety of prizes.

“Dance Marathon is a great way to show students how much fun community service can be and how big of an impact we can make when we all come together in support of a common cause,” says Caitlin Chicoine, a senior in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and co-executive director.

“All of the money we raise for Children’s Miracle Network stays right here in St. Louis. Over the past 10 years, we have raised more than $930,000 for our two outstanding children’s hospitals. We hope people come out to support us during visitor’s hours and contribute to this very worthy cause.”

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend the faculty and staff welcome reception at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Athletic Complex but also are welcome to visit at any time. RSVP online at

Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis supports St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. One hundred percent of donated funds are used to help these hospitals fund programs, equipment and facility renovations to meet the needs of area children.

Information about Dance Marathon, including how to donate or visit the event, can be found at