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BLOCK ONE

Dance Hard PLAY Hard

For the 43rd year, Dance Marathon kicked off its first block as more than a thousand dancers ran into the tent in Norris University Center on Friday evening.

Minutes before, Maura Cullen (Weinberg ’87), liaison between GiGi’s Playhouse and DM, welcomed dancers to the tent and reiterated the importance of inclusivity. GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit that supports and advocates for people with Down syndrome, is DM’s primary beneficiary this year.

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BLOCK TWO

EDMpowerment

With bass shaking the tent, dancers donned their best and brightest neon for the second block of Dance Marathon, themed EDMpowerment.

Highlights included galaxy leggings, tights and shorts combos and neon wigs that harkened back to classic ‘80s workout videos. Dancers glowed under black lights placed around the tent, excitedly bouncing to Calvin Harris’ “Let’s Go” and “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

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BLOCK THREE

NUD(MTV)

Despite a low-energy start to Block 3, dancers erupted in applause when GiGi — who Dance Marathon beneficiary GiGi’s Playhouse is named after — took the stage.

“I don’t think most 14-year-olds are out on a stage at this time of the night,” said Nancy Gianni, GiGi’s mother and the organization’s founder. “And if they are, they’re not up to something good like she is.”

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Block Four will take place from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block Five will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block Six will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block Seven will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block Eight will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block Nine will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block Ten will take place from 10 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

Block-By-Block Coverage

1: Dance Hard PLAY Hard

For the 43rd year, Dance Marathon kicked off its first block as more than a thousand dancers ran into the tent in Norris University Center on Friday evening.

Minutes before, Maura Cullen (Weinberg ’87), liaison between GiGi’s Playhouse and DM, welcomed dancers to the tent and reiterated the importance of inclusivity. GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit that supports and advocates for people with Down syndrome, is DM’s primary beneficiary this year.

Read more.

2: Dance Memeathon

With bass shaking the tent, dancers donned their best and brightest neon for the second block of Dance Marathon, themed EDMpowerment.

Highlights included galaxy leggings, tights and shorts combos and neon wigs that harkened back to classic ‘80s workout videos. Dancers glowed under black lights placed around the tent, excitedly bouncing to Calvin Harris’ “Let’s Go” and “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

Read more.

3: (NUD)MTV

Despite a low-energy start to Block 3, dancers erupted in applause when GiGi — who Dance Marathon beneficiary GiGi’s Playhouse is named after — took the stage.

“I don’t think most 14-year-olds are out on a stage at this time of the night,” said Nancy Gianni, GiGi’s mother and the organization’s founder. “And if they are, they’re not up to something good like she is.”

Read more.

4: Bikini Bottom

Block Four will take place from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

5: PHA Presents: Actual Marathon

Block Five will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

6: RHA Presents: Playhouse Disney

Block Six will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

7: Alumni Block: Smells Like School Spirit

Block Seven will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

8: IFC Presents: Tie Dye and Neck Ties

Block Eight will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

9: The Tent Where It Happens

Block Nine will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

10: We Are Generation G

Block Ten will take place from 10 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Check back later for more updates on the block.

DANCING FOR GIGI


This year, DM participants are dancing for 30 hours to raise money for GiGi's Playhouse, a nonprofit that supports and advocates for people with Down syndrome. Funds will also go to the Evanston Community Foundation, making this the 20th year ECF has been the secondary beneficiary.

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