dancers holding RUDMRutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of New Jersey. We could not make this claim without the support and involvement of the dedicated students. Since 1999, countless Rutgers students have shared their enthusiasm, compassion, spirit and passion for this important cause.

There is a place at Dance Marathon for everyone. Read through the involvement opportunities and discover the many ways that you can make a difference. To us, everything counts. So whether you dedicate a year, a semester, a few months or a weekend, you will have made a tremendous contribution.

Involvement Opportunities


Dance Marathon Captains are dedicated, hardworking, and motivated student leaders. Captains are chosen because of their experience and desire to make RUDM great, and play a key role in the execution of Dance Marathon. Captains start their careers with DM through a six-week education process starting in October and work throughout the year until the close of the Marathon.

Click here to learn more about being a captain!


We are excited to share new ways for all members of our community to support the core programs administered by Embrace Kids Foundation and to unite us as one Rutgers family. We are opening registration to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends and instead of registering as a dancer, you will sign on to be a Champion. Champions will pay a lower registration fee ($20) and meet a lower fundraising minimum ($200) and will be provided with a variety of fundraising activities and challenges throughout the year. This modified approach will help us to provide critical funding for Embrace Kids Foundation and the families that we serve, while lessening the burden on individual participants.

Additionally, if you are a student who would like to register as a Champion, but are not yet a member of an organization that has a Dance Marathon team, you can join either team Project FTK for returning students or team First Years FTK for new students. 

Register here

RU4Kids Program

Registered student organizations apply to be part of the RU4Kids Program in the beginning of the fall semester. This program pairs registered student organizations with Embrace Kids Foundation patient families, who then spend the year getting to know one another by attending Embrace Kids and Dance Marathon events and during visits to the hospital or clinic. Email to learn more.


Rutgers University Dance Marathon Alumni are tremendously generous and loyal members of the DM family. Throughout the year, RUDMA holds events to raise money for RUDM and to get together and reminisce. Join the alumni Facebook group to connect and learn more about events.