Troy Dance Marathon is searching for dancers to register for its event, TDM 15, in February.
The organization stems from the national Dance Marathon, a nonprofit organization raising money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Troy Dance Marathon will be raising money for Children’s of Alabama, located in Birmingham.
The President of Troy Dance Marathon, Emily Lincoln, a sophomore accounting major from Greenville, brought up the importance of this organization.
“I started Troy Dance Marathon because I heard about other colleges having dance marathons and thought it
was too great of a cause not to bring to Troy University,” Lincoln said.
Students have the opportunity to register individually or with a team.
“Anybody can make a team,” Lincoln said. “Clubs, Greek organizations, performing groups, or just a group of friends can create teams. As long as you have two people, you can start a team.”
Dancers can register up until the day of the event but can register early so they have plenty of time to raise money.
“You don’t have to be able to dance,” Lincoln said. She said part of this experience is raising money for the children in need.
The process is simple: Each dancer must raise at least $50 to participate in the main event in February.
Through an online fundraising tool called Donor Drive, the dancers can fundraise throughout the year.
Last year, the University of Alabama at Birmingham created a dance marathon and raised $3,000. Lincoln is hoping for at least $10,000 for Troy’s first year in the Dance Marathon scene.
Troy Dance Marathon’s main event will be held in Sartain Hall on Feb. 28, 2015, from 3 to 11 p.m. Not only will there be eight hours of dance entertainment, but also food, games, families from Children’s hospitals and much more.
Lincoln emphasized Troy Dance Marathon’s motto, “Everything we do is for the kids.”