Dance your worries away at the 2012 Dance Marathon Jan. 28-29

Everyone’s invited to enjoy a ‘Lion King’ theme at one of the biggest parties thrown on campus and raise funds for the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation

“It Means No Worries” – that’s the Lion King-inspired theme of this year’s FIU 15th annual Dance Marathon, the largest student philanthropy at the university.

The tradition will kick off at noon on Saturday, Jan. 28, with hundreds of Panthers, their friends and family spending the next 25 hours at Modesto A. Maidique Campus’ Recreation Center, enjoying and raising funds to benefit the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Children’s Miracle Network. The goal in 2012 is to exceed the $58,000 that was raised in 2011 and raise $60,000.

“The theme ‘It Means No Worries’ was chosen to remind the community and Miracle children that after all they have gone through, they are still kids and deserve a hopeful and worry-free life,” said Regina Castañeda, the chair of Media & Campus Promotions for Dance Marathon.

Among the weekend’s entertainment are the Illamic Flow breakdancing group and the hip-hop group Tokyo Love Bots, as well as a number of DJs, belly dancers, Zumba instructors and a country music singer. There will be bounce houses, games, moonwalks, slides and a nighttime “Lights Out” dance party for all to enjoy, starting at $5 for general admission. A silent auction also will be held throughout the event.

For more information, contact Regina Castañeda at 305-606-6372 or