No! A common misconception is that you have to be able to dance in order to participate in "Dance" Marathon. We often hear, "Oh sorry, I can't dance.." but thats no excuse! All are welcome and encouraged to be a part of ECDM. There is so much more to do than just dance at our event. We hold raffles and and play games like dodge-ball and basketball, we compete in relays, sing karaoke, have live music, great food, and so much more!
Definitely not! Dance Marathon is most known for the "Big Event" in late Spring, but the organization is busy with activities and fundraisers all 365 days of the year! You can get involved either as much or as little as you would like; ex. attend our General Member meetings and the "Big Event" or just sign up to donate!
Emmanuel College's local Children's Miracle Network Hospital is Boston Children's. Our support and 100% of our donations go towards research and training, purchasing of equipment, new toys for various playrooms in the hospital, as well as payment towards uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many kids as possible. The money that we raise doesn't just affect the children but their families as well. Our support helps Boston Children's help kids, and if that isn't reason enough to be involved, what is?!
Dance Marathon is a 12 hour event from 10pm - 10am. Everyone is encouraged to not only stay the full duration of the event but to also stay standing! We stand for those who can't! So when your feet start to hurt and your legs are aching, just think of who you are dancing for - THE KIDS! There is the option to leave Dance Marathon at anytime, but be aware that we will not allow reentry after 2am. Doors do open again in the morning at 7am in anticipation for the kids arrival and our big reveal!