Correction (March 22, 2010 10:37 p.m.): Due to an editing error, this story misattributed a statement to Kate Gillam, media representative for Dance Marathon. Gillam did not say that organizers did not expect all 1,800 people who signed up last year to participate. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Wearing Santa hats, leopard-print leggings and neon skirts and socks, recruiters for UNC Dance Marathon haven’t yet lost their enthusiasm for the 24-hour dance event.
Dance Marathon is an annual fundraiser where students stand in Fetzer Gym for 24 hours without sitting down. It has raised more than $2 million since it was first held 11 years ago. More than 1,800 students signed up to participate last year, but not all of them actually participated or completed the event.
Kate Gillam, the media representative for Dance Marathon, said the event needed to be limited to 1,600 students because of Fetzer Gym’s capacity restrictions and to ensure that they can feed each dancer.
Although last year’s participant list exceeded the new cap, it wasn’t a problem because organizers didn’t expect all 1,800 to show up, Gillam said.
Gillam said the first 1,600 to sign up and raise the required $150 can participate.
“We don’t want to limit anyone from participating in Dance Marathon that really wants to do it,” she said. “It is important to sign up early if you are truly interested in supporting this great cause.”
Similar to previous years, Dance Marathon will donate proceeds from this year’s event to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.