Shift Change: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the shifts called?


Our 10-hour shift is called The Garnet Experience and the 20-hour shift is called The Gold Tradition.




Why are we switching from our usual two 20-hour shifts to one 10-hour shift and one 20-hour shift?


Dance Marathon is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for the entire FSU community. Our goal is always to consider the wellness of our participants. We believe this change will create a better experience for everyone who is involved in our leadership team by fostering health and wellbeing. Changing our shifts will also allow us to extend this opportunity to members of our community who were not able to commit to the full 20-hour shift, but still want to be involved with our organization and attend our event!




What if I want to attend The Garnet Experience (10-hour shift) but I have class on Fridays?


You should talk to your professor beforehand. Dance Marathon does not count as an official excused absence for the university. Professors will often excuse your absence from class if you give them enough notice.




What times will each of the shifts be?


Our Marathon will be held on March 5-7th. The Garnet Experience will begin Friday morning and the Gold Tradition will begin Saturday afternoon. The official start times for each shift will be released closer to the marathon.




What can I expect to see at either shift?


Our Garnet Experience will provide our participants with a condensed timeline of what is typically a part of our traditional marathon. Our Gold Tradition will provide participants all of the parts of our event that we all know and love! This 20-hour shift will include an additional mainstage performance, an extended rave hour, conclude with our total reveal of funds raised throughout the year, and more!




How do I receive an invitation to attend the marathon?


All of our participants who have reached Dancer Commitment will receive an invitation to the marathon. In order to reach Dancer Commitment, you must have raised $250 or more on your fundraising page. If you’re interested in making a fundraising page, please click here. Fundraising pages are free and the perfect way to start your journey with Dance Marathon at FSU!




How do I pick my shift?


Participants who have reached Dancer Commitment ($250) will receive a preference form in February where they can select their preferred shift. Shifts will be assigned based on how many points a participant has earned through our Unconquered Spirit Program while taking the participant’s preference into account. Once shifts have been assigned, participants will receive a form to confirm if they will be attending The Garnet Experience or The Gold Tradition.




What is Unconquered Spirit?


Unconquered Spirit is a point system, measured in Spirit Points which organizations will use to keep track of their member’s fundraising and participation. Based on the number of points an organization receives, they have the opportunity to earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold status, which will assist in giving them the first pick for shift preferences.




Will meals be provided at both shifts?


Yes! The hospitality team will be providing meals throughout both of the shifts; however, participants are still welcome to bring their own food or have food delivered to them throughout the marathon.




Who should I contact if I have more questions?


You can contact our Executive Director, Madison Faller, at dmfsu.executivedirector@gmail.com if you have any further questions! If you are one of our Miracle Families, you can also contact our Family Relations Chair, Harper, at dmfsu.familyrelations@gmail.com.







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