History of DM at FSU

Year 27 (2021-2022)


Dance Marathon at FSU celebrates our 27th year. Our yearlong campaign is "No Matter What", signifying the perservance of all participants in continuing to fight For The Kids regardless of challenges.




Year 26 (2020-2021)


Year 26 marked the first year we did not have a fully in-person marathon due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we held a hybrid Marathon with virtual events as well as socially distanced in-person events on FSU's intramural fields and in the FSU Civic Center parking lot! Although there were many challenges, we persevered "Against All Odds" to have another amazing year of Dance Marathon, raising $1,470,210.69.




Year 25 (2019-2020)


We celebrated our 25th Anniversary year by implementing many new traditions. Leave Your Legacy, a 24 hour fundraising push, was added into our yearly programming in January 2020. Local Tallahassee middle schools also joined our movement through our Community Marathons team. The past known as “Dancer Minimum” was changed to a Dancer Commitment, which focuses on the commitment that each of our participants are making For The Kids. Our year long campaign ‘We Will Fight’ highlighted the incredible fight of our movement. We raised $1,941,368.54 For The Kids.




Year 24 (2018-2019)


In 2019, we continued to break records and raised 2.2 million dollars For The Kids. Our year long campaign was ‘Be The Next’ which highlighted our dancers, donors, fundraisers, and participants.




Year 23 (2017-2018)


Dance Marathon at FSU continues to break records, raising $2.1 million in 2018. The year long campaign was changed to ‘Up 2 Us’ along with the 2 million dollar goal release. The InspiratioNOLE Leaders Program was created, along with the brand new Dancer Relations Branch; consisting of Recruitment, Membership, Morale, and Outreach. This was the first year that the College of Medicine was given over 1 million dollars.




Year 22 (2016-2017)


Our tradition of the LineDance was shortened to 7 minutes, from its original 10 minutes. Our year long campaign was named ‘Do More.’




Year 21 (2015-2016)


A brand new logo was created, and was used until 2020. In addition, the High School Programs team was officially added to our Internal Team. Our year long campaign was named ‘Be The Change.’ In Year 21 we raised a record breaking $1,435,120.32.




Year 20 (2014-2015)


Dance Marathon at FSU raises a record breaking total of $1,100,645.52, and surpassing the million dollar mark. Pictured above is the 2014-2015 Executive Board. This year was also the beginning of implementing Dance Marathon into local High Schools, as well as the first year of our tradition, Florida Statement.




Year 19 (2013-2014)


In 2014, past (2007) Executive Director, Vinny Bocchino passed away of a sudden heart attack. Vinny left an immense impact on our organization, hence the Vinny Award was created. Fundraising milestone, “Comma Club” was implemented and is now being used in Dance Marathon’s all across the country. In 2014, we raised $767,125.84.




Year 18 (2012-2013)


Dance Marathon continued to change pediatric health for the better, this year raising $688,645.88.




Year 17 (2011-2012)


Celebrating our 17th year, pictured above are dancers in Shift 2 learning the line dance. This year we broke the half million mark, raising $536,207.62




Year 16 (2010-2011)


This year we continued to break records, raising $482,829.15. In combination with DM at UF, we collectively raised nearly $1Million FTK.




Year 15 (2009-2010)


This began the very first year of 2 twenty hour shifts. They were originally called “Shift 1” and “Shift 2.” We celebrated our 15 year anniversary and raised a total of $450,118.00.




Year 14 (2008-2009)


2009 was the last year of a 32 hour marathon. Pictured above is the Executive Board, whose efforts culminated into $378,910.31 raised.




Year 13 (2007-2008)


Pictured above is the event logo for DM at FSU 2008. This year we made history by raising $410,634.85, topping every year before.




Year 12 (2006-2007)


Dance Marathon continues to break records, raising $308,192.78 in just one year. The marathon was one shift, that was 32 hours long.




Year 11 (2005-2006)


In 2006, Dance Marathon at FSU was held in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center for the very first time. We still use the exact same space for our Marathon to this day. In 2006 our efforts culminated to a grand $270,511.25.




Year 10 (2004-2005)


Celebrating our 10 year anniversary, Dance Marathon at FSU raised a total of $219,945.48 and breaking the $200k mark.




Year 9 (2003-2004)


DM at FSU continued our partnership with the College of Medicine, giving them $79,711 of our $159,423 total raised.




Year 8 (2002-2003)


In 2003, the FSU College of Medicine’s Pediatric Outreach Program was added as one of our beneficiaries, in addition to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. A total of $146,684.25 was raised, and 50% went to each beneficiary.




Year 7 (2001-2002)


DM at FSU sported our year long campaign “Livin’ it up for the Little Ones.” This year we continued to reach new heights, raising $110,649.76.




Year 6 (2000-2001)


In our 6th year, we broke the 6 digit mark, raising a record breaking $107,768.55 benefitting UF Health Shands Hospital.




Year 5 (1999-2000)


The fifth anniversary of DM at FSU was celebrated with a grand total of $84,484.32 raised For The Kids. DM at FSU was then named “Noles4Kids.”




Year 4 (1998-1999)


Pictured above, participants are learning the 1999 Line Dance, during hour 3 of the 32 hour marathon. This year, students raised $79,659.07, changing many lives.




Year 3 (1997-1998)


Happening in Tully Gym, Dance Marathon became a tradition at FSU and was something every student wanted to participate in before they graduated. In 1998 we raised $41,029.23 For The Kids.




Year 2 (1996-1997)


Dance Marathon continues to push enormous boundaries for kids battling pediatric illness and injury, raising $37,021 in just one year.




Year 1 (1995-1996)


DM at FSU began in 1995 and was held in Tully Gym. $19,001.37 was raised, and the creators of our movement never thought that this tradition would continue for 25 years and grow to our current heights. Dance Marathon at FSU continues onto another year, gaining more participants and more awareness throughout our student body.




Fundraising totals by year


Dance Marathon at FSU has raised $17,438,901.46 to fight pediatric illness and injury since 1995. See the image below for the breakdown of our year long fundraising totals.





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