NUDM FAQ’s

NUDM

  • What is NUDM?

    Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) is one of the largest independent student-run philanthropies in the nation. Now in its 45th year, NUDM is a year-long effort that culminates in a 30-hour dance marathon.

  • Where is NUDM?

    In a huge tent on Norris lawn.

  • When is NUDM?

    NUDM is March 8th (7pm) – March 10th (1am).

  • How long is NUDM?

    NUDM is a 30 hour event. The 30 hours is split into 10, 3 hour blocks. Each block has a different theme where you can dress up, and there are a variety of speakers, games, and music genres played.

  • How many students participate in NUDM?

    Over 1000 students, so approximately 1 in 5 Northwestern students participate in this campus tradition.

  • Is NUDM only the 30 hour event?

    No! We have events all year long, making it a year-long effort. The Special Events committee plans a variety of events throughout the year to build up the dancer community, such as weekly Trivia, Acapalooza, and NUDM Olympics. The Community Engagement committee leads the BUILD (Bridge, Uplift, Inspire, Learn, Dance) Program, which includes a variety of events where dancers can interact with the people that Communities In Schools of Chicago serves as well as various service opportunities involving both CIS of Chicago and ECF.” The Food committee plans a variety of food fundraisers throughout the year.

  • What do I do if I’m worried about raising the $400 minimum?

    This year, we are striving to make NUDM an inclusive experience for all Northwestern students, regardless of financial status. We have a number initiatives aimed to support fundraising and financial inclusion: (1) The NUDM Dancer Grant Program, in partnership with the SES One Form (2) Office Hours and Coffee Chats where you can voice your questions or concerns, (3) The Fundraising Mentorship Program, led by Dancer Accessibility & Engagement, (4) The opportunity to get “perks” through non-monetary service opportunities, (5) Fundraising support, ranging from our fundraising guide to canning days with provided transportation.

  • I have a medical concern or food allergy. Can I still dance?

    Yes! We will work with you to accommodate whatever medical concerns or food allergies you have. Please contact the NUDM advisor, Tracey Gibson-Jackson tgibjack@northwestern.edu , and she will work with you to make dancing accessible. This is 100% confidential!

  • Do I get fed during the 30 hour event?

    Yes! You get free food all 30 hours and we can ensure you will never be hungry! You will get a snack twice each 3-hour block, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.

  • What are some creative fundraising ideas?

    See our fundraising guide for lots of ideas!

  • How can I participate in service?

    We are constantly adding more service opportunities to NUDM! This year, dancers will be able to participate in the CIS of Chicago InspireU Mentorship Program.

    Also, we offer a quarterly NUDM Days of Engagement event where the NUDM community can volunteer at various nonprofit organizations in the Evanston area through our partnership with the ECF and in CPS schools through our partnership with CIS. Also, be on the lookout for a number of continuous service opportunities through ECF that you can participate in throughout the year.

  • What is canning?

    Canning is where Northwestern students stand on street corners and solicit donations in nearby towns. Almost every weekend, there are NUDM canning days where you can pick up a can and bib (a bright yellow vest), in the NUDM Office (office E), and we will drive you to a canning location. Check the Canning 101 tab for more information!

  • What is the NUDM Dancer Grant Program?

    The NUDM Dancer Grant Program is sponsored by the SES One Form. Anyone who qualifies for financial aid can apply to the NUDM Dancer Grant Program, to get a matching grant of up to $200 of the $400 minimum covered. This information is completely anonymous, and is only monitored by Northwestern faculty/staff and the financial aid office. Information about the program gets emailed to qualifying students by the NUDM advisor in early January.