dancers holding RUDM

Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the state of New Jersey thanks to the support and involvement of our dedicated community. Since 1999, we’ve (had the privilege of raising) over $11 million dollars in support of Embrace Kids Foundation. 


There is a place at Dance Marathon for everyone! Read through the involvement opportunities below to learn more about the different ways you can get involved.

Involvement Opportunities


Congratulations! We could not be happier that you are considering being a Dancer for Dance Marathon. Dancers commit to raise $250 along with their registration fee in order to participate in Dance Marathon. Dancers can join through an organization such as their fraternity or sorority, residence hall, club, or on their own. All members of the Rutgers community can join as Dancers, including students, staff, and alumni.

All the money raised by Dancers goes directly to Embrace Kids Foundation, which supports the non-medical needs of families of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell. The families are invited to the event, where we show support for them

On DM Day, Dancers stand for the entire marathon to show solidarity and support for the children and families of Embrace Kids Foundation. The event is held at Jersey Mike’s Arena, where entertainment, games, food, and fun are provided throughout the day.

Signups are open now and close on February 18th at midnight. Follow us on social media to learn more and receive updates on all of our events throughout the year, and be sure to send any questions to

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If you’re interested in becoming involved at a higher level with Dance Marathon, consider applying to be a captain! Captains meet weekly in the fall and bi-weekly in the spring semester, and commit to raise $350.

Any undergraduate student can apply to be a Captain! Being a Captain is a great way to meet new people and contribute to a highly involved and active organization at Rutgers. Captains go through a six-week orientation process, and are then paired with one of our six teams to assist the Central Planning Team in planning and executing the event.

Captain applications open in the fall and are due by October 3rd. All interested applicants have to attend one information session, and the dates and campuses for those can be found on the calendar, with time and location to be determined. Dates, times, and locations will also be posted on our instagram.

Questions about the Captain hiring process can be directed to

RU4Kids Program

Through the RU4Kids Program, Rutgers student organizations are paired with patient families of Embrace Kids Foundation. This program was created to give the children opportunities for social interaction that they may be missing as a result of their diagnosis. Students have the opportunity to reach out and build relationships with the kids and connect with them through their difficult times. Both families and students highly value the opportunity to build these relationships and connect with one another. Embrace Kids Foundation hosts many events throughout the year for students to get engaged with. Click here for the application to participate in the RU4Kids program, which is due by September 17th, when we will have an orientation for the program.

For any further questions, please contact our Director of Family Relations at


Welcome back alumni! We highly encourage your continued support and participation in RUDM! Join our alumni organization Rutgers University Dance Marathon Alumni (RUDMA)  by clicking on the link below! Registration starts at $25, then raises to $35 on October 5th, and up to $45 November 27th and you will have to raise a minimum of $250.