Carolina For The Kids is hosting a different kind of dance marathon this year.
Its annual UNC Dance Marathon, which benefits the UNC Children’s Hospital, was one of the many events to be canceled after the University suspended campus events with more than 50 attendees following the threat of coronavirus.
On Monday, the group announced on its Instagram page that the dance marathon would be held virtually — a first in the organization’s over 20-year history.
The virtual Dance Marathon will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and end 24 hours later. During this time, CFTK will be sharing content across its social media platforms that is meant to mimic the marathon experience, which typically included live performances, games and dancing.
Dancers who were supposed to be participating are being asked to raise $24 in honor of the 24 hours they would have stood at Dance Marathon.
Junior Matthew Gibson, CFTK’s creative media chairperson, and senior Kalina MacKay, CFTK’s public relations chairperson, are working together to create content for the virtual dance marathon.
People who participate can expect interactive dance content, digital giveaways and videos that would have been shown at Dance Marathon, MacKay said.