For the past ten years, Dance Marathon has been one of BU’s largest annual fundraisers. We hold our main event as well as smaller fundraising events all year so that we can donate thousands of dollars to two organizations that assist children and their families who are combating pediatric HIV and AIDS. In the Spring we host an 18-hour Dance Marathon, where participants can expect theme hours, prizes, free giveaways, awesome music, live performances, and PLENTY of food to keep them going all night long! We are dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and working toward a generation free of HIV. To participate as a dancer or moraler, or to simply donate, please visit support.pedaids.org/budm. For more information please contact budm@bu.edu!

Our History

Dance Marathon is celebrating its 10th year anniversary as a campus wide event at Boston University. In the past decade, BUDM established itself as one of the school’s largest fundraiser where we strive to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and education on campus, promote a greater sense of community at BU and raise a record-setting amount of money for pediatric AIDS.

Dance Marathon started at Boston University in 2003 as a collaborative effort of four different organizations – the Inter-Fraternity Council/Pan-Hellenic Council, the Boston University Student Union, Students for Camp Heartland, and BUnited. 100 Dancers gathered with moralers, volunteers and visitors to raise $30,000.

Over the next nine years BUDM has grown to be one of the biggest events on campus, raising over $300,000. While we continue to raise immense amounts of money, we pride ourselves in educating the Greater Boston Area about pediatric HIV/AIDS.

What Happens at Dance Marathon??

18 Hours of Fun! Dance Marathon is more than just showing up at the gym and dancing for the night–it’s a giant party! The night always features a band and several performing groups from campus. There is plenty of food and drink available throughout the whole time. We play games, hear from our charities and of course DANCE!


At the kick-off dinner the week before Dance Marathon, everyone gets to learn the “DM Dance” that we do every hour on the hour. It’s never too complicated and by the end of the 18 hours, everyone is a pro! This years song is currently TBA.


DM has several theme hours where you can bring costumes and props to wear during these times. It’s fun to coordinate clothing with each theme prizes are awarded during each block to the dancer with the best costume.

The overall DM12 theme is Center of AtTENtion. DM12 theme hours are: Viva Las Vegas, Club DM, Paparazzi, Peace Love DM, Greek Gods and Goddesses, The Morning After, The Royal Wedding, Jungle Fever, Happy Birthday DM, and Save the Day with Dance Marathon.


Although our dancers have plenty of moralers, there is nothing like having an added boost of support from your friends and familes. At the door, anyone can buy a guest pass to come hang out and see what Dance Marathon is all about!


Check Out Some BUDM11 Footage!

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