UK Happenings

Help Kickoff DanceBlue!


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 29, 2012) — This year, in celebration of the seventh year of DanceBlue, organizers hope to kick off the marathon with a bang by creating a human tunnel. Much like you see at the Super Bowl or other sporting events, friends, families of the dancers and the entire campus and Lexington community are invited to cheer on the dancers as they enter the marathon.

"Committing to be a dancer for 24 hours can be an overwhelming commitment, but walking through the tunnel and into Memorial Coliseum surrounded by smiling faces is a great start for all the dancers,” Will Blackford, DanceBlue operations chair, said.

Anyone interested in participating is invited to gather between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, on the grassy area next to the UK Bookstore at the Student Center on UK's campus. Dancers will be released from the Student Center to enter the marathon and will run through the tunnel as spectators cheer, high five and encourage them. After the tunnel, all are encouraged to attend the opening hours of DanceBlue.

DanceBlue is UK’s 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. It takes place on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 from 8 p.m. until 8 p.m. Now in its seventh year, DanceBlue has raised more than $2.6 million for pediatric cancer research and children with cancer. Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at

If you cannot make it to Lexington for DanceBlue, you can catch the entire marathon streaming live on the internet at

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at