Record number registers for Northwestern University Dance Marathon

    Scarcely a month after Northwestern University Dance Marathon was named the nation's Most Influential College Organization, a record-breaking number of dancers registered online for the 2012 event, according to a statement from NUDM.

    More than 1,300 prospective dancers signed up for the 38th annual NUDM, the release said. It marked the first time dancers — in groups of 10 or more — could register without specific partners.

    With a record number of dancers two years in a row, we can see how excited and motivated students are for DM," Executive Co-chair Kunal Joshi said in a statement. "We're seeing substantial, healthy growth in our organization, and I could not be happier that so many students want to be a part of a great Northwestern tradition."

    Northwestern Dance Marathon, which will be held March 2-4, will benefit the Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation, an organization focused on fighting childhood cancer. Each dancer registering individually has pledged to raise $400 each for the event, as opposed to $800 for couples.

    Last year, more than 1,000 dancers participated in NUDM to raise nearly $1.02 million. Since 1975, the organization has contributed more than $12 million to 30 different beneficiaries.


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