The event, which features 26 hours straight of non-stop dancing is one of the largest student run philanthropic events on the west coast, and has raised nearly $400,000 for pediatric AIDS research and treatment in its 4 years of existence. This year promises to be the most successful yet. All proceeds go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation, a well established bastion against not only AIDS, but many other dangerous diseases that face todays children.
Thats why the dance marathon is awesome. Here is why its fun. In the past, the event has been studded with celebrities and great bands. The organizing committee always does a great job of snagging interesting personalities to help preside over the endurance test that this event sometimes turns out to be.
Last year featured hot indie rockers Paramount, and this year is sure to draw many awesome performers. Shanna Moakler and Emmy Award winner Camryn Manheim are slated to attend this years event, among myriad others.
Put on some comfy shoes and make your way over to the UCLA campus, if not to dance, then at least to watch the kids who have been grooving to Fatboy Slim and Kelly Clarkson for 19 hours straight, trying to keep themselves standing, fighting off the dastardly forces of gravity and exhaustion. While youre there, you might just want to make a donation to one of the worthiest causes imaginable, as you enjoy some excellent entertainment. So what are you waiting for? GET UP AND GET OUT!
Ackerman Grand Ballroom is located on the UCLA campus, in Westwood. For more information, visit www.dancemarathon.ucla.edu.