Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone become involved with NYDM?
NYDM is open to the entire NYU community without
regard to race, religion, sex, ability status, national origin, color, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity, or veteran status.
Why should I get involved?
There are multiple reasons why it is a great idea to get involved with NYDM. For one, it is truly a life-changing experience for everyone who participates. Over the course of all of the fundraising, and that at the marathon, we learn exactly why we are dancing. When you meet the B+ Heroes and hear them tell their stories, you know why you’re there.
In addition, NYDM is a family. Whether you’re on a committee or you’re at NYDM as a dancer, everyone is coming together to be a part of something bigger than oneself. It is absolutely a special feeling that you get to share with everyone else at the marathon.
What are the different levels of involvement in NYDM?
• Executive Board: NYU students can apply to be on the NYDM Executive Board and organize the event.
• Dancers: The Dancer program is the highest level of commitment for students. Dancers are required to stand for the entire 12-hours at NYDM. They must raise a minimum of $300 prior to the day of the event. Dancers receive special benefits at the event, including free food and beverage throughout the day.
• Moralers: Moralers play a vital role on the day of the event. Their responsibilities range from leading the line dance to facilitating games to organizing decorations. They are responsible for standing alongside and supporting the Dancers for 12-hours while maintaining a positive attitude. Moralers also receive special recognition.
• Media Team: The media team documents all of the magic of NYDM through photos, videos, & graphic design. Their work is critical to spreading the B+ message and recording our efforts for years to come.
• Volunteers: Students may sign up to be volunteers for the day of the event. Volunteers assist the Executive Board in running the event by signing up for specific shifts throughout the day. Volunteers are also rewarded on the day of the event for their service.
Are NYDM and The B+ Foundation the same thing?
No. NYDM and The B+ Foundation are separate organizations. NYDM has chosen The B+ Foundation as the beneficiary for our event. The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation is an IRS-Certified 501(c)3 organization which provides funds for pediatric cancer research and offers assistance to families of children with pediatric cancer.
Does New York University or anyone else govern NYDM?
NYDM is a University-recognized student organization. NYDM is under the advisement of a Fraternity and Sorority Life advisor.
How does NYDM raise money for the event?
NYDM utilizes many different fundraising techniques in order to raise money for pediatric cancer. The main source of fundraising comes from online donations through our secure donation site. Other fundraising sources include: events, canning, and corporate sponsorships.
What does “FTK” mean?
“FTK” is an acronym that stands for “For the Kids”.
I’m not a good dancer; why should I do Dance Marathon?
By no means is everyone who dances at Dance Marathon a great dancer, and by no means is dancing all that happens at Dance Marathon. Over the course of the day, you play games, you learn about the B+ Heroes and so many other things! Yes, there is dancing…but Dance Marathon is so much more than that and we encourage you to find out for yourself!
Where can I find more information about NYDM?
For any other questions, concerns, or inquiries, feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit the application below