DM selects 2012 emcees

    Ashley Thompson and Ned Baker will be in charge of pumping up the dancers during Dance Marathon 2012. Photo courtesy of Northwestern University Dance Marathon.

    Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) announced late Sunday that Ned Baker, a Communication senior and Ashley Thompson, a Communication junior, will emcee the 2012 Dance Marathon. Baker and Thompson will motivate dancers through the 30-hour event, planned for March 2-4, 2012, and serve as representatives of NUDM in the event’s run-up.

    This year, NUDM will benefit the Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation, which fights childhood cancer.

    “After dancing my freshman year, I’m so excited to return as a senior to make this year’s DM the best one yet,” said Baker in a press release. “Being emcee has been a dream of mine since I walked out of the tent after those first 30 hours.”

    “DM has been one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said Thompson, in the same release.  “Ned and I are thrilled to be leading it this year, and we know it’s going to be absolutely incredible.”

    Baker and Thompson follow Communication students before them: last year, Communication then-sophomore Jesse Swedlund emceed, accompanied by Medill then-sophomore, Emilia Barosse.

    Last year, more than 1,000 dancers participated in NUDM, raising — for the first time in its history — more than one million dollars. NUDM has raised $12 million over its 37 years for 30 different charities.


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