2017 Emcee Application

Thank you for your interest in being the Emcees for Northwestern University Dance Marathon 2017. You must sign up and audition as a pair or trio, so please work together to complete the following application in a word document (link at bottom of page).

Your combined application is due by 11:59 pm on Thursday, September 22. Please email your application to productions@nudm.org . You are also required to do a live audition to complete your application; these will take place Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. To schedule an audition, please fill out this doodle: http://doodle.com/poll/7ae2s2qpratnvign. with the submission of your application. Please schedule yourselves around other applicants to avoid large gaps.

In addition to the application questions, please submit a video (approx: 2 minutes) showcasing your personality, humor, and relationship to NUDM. Include the video file in the email you send with your application responses.

Contact Abigail Schroeter and Ava Armacost with any questions: productions@nudm.org.

Emcee Role Description

The NUDM Emcees are the public faces of Northwestern University Dance Marathon both during the event itself and throughout the year. At Dance Marathon, the Emcees are responsible for maintaining a positive and entertaining atmosphere for the audience, both in the tent and those watching at home. Most importantly, the Emcees must be prepared to motivate dancers in an encouraging, amusing, and engaging manner, handle unexpected situations with composure, and become the biggest advocates for both the primary beneficiary, GiGi’s Playhouse, and the secondary beneficiary, the Evanston Community Foundation, for all 30 hours. To achieve this, the Emcees must present poise, an ability to roll with the punches, and an ability to take direction well.

Throughout the year, the NUDM Emcees are expected to be the ambassadors of NUDM. As such, they should be prepared to attend all official NUDM events, including but not limited to trivia nights (Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm), Top Chef, Hero parties, ECF service days, and the like. Once selected, the Emcees become a part of the Productions Committee; as such, they are expected to work with and get to know committee members though things such as productions meetings, which occur at 5:00 pm on Sundays. They are critical members of the productions team responsible for producing videos shown during and before Dance Marathon. The Emcees are also crucial partners with other NUDM committees to assist events and other NUDM promotions.

The NUDM Emcees must bring the energy, personality, passion, dedication, and integrity necessary to become role models for the entire NUDM community. Moreover, they must be able to educate people about both Northwestern University Dance Marathon and its missions and both our primary and secondary beneficiaries. As such, the emcees should be knowledgeable about both GiGi’s Playhouse and the Evanston Community Foundation and be prepared to communicate the missions and messages of both organizations effectively.

The NUDM Emcees play a vital role in connecting the NUDM community, the Northwestern community, and our beneficiaries both during the event itself and the months leading up to the 30 hours. They should be prepared to take on the commitment necessary to execute their role to the highest degree.

Download the Application