Students, put on your sneaks and let loose before final exams with a night of dancing. And raise money to fight childhood cancers.

Spartathon, a dance marathon, is set for Saturday, April 26. The danceathon, the first held on campus in more than a decade, runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. the next morning in UNCG’s Fleming Gym.

“It’s mainly a chance for students to unwind in a safe and fun manner,” says Sean Goheen, a graduate student studying higher education administration who works in the Campus Activities and Programs office.

Crystal Bayne, Student Government Association president, and Stephanie Walton, Campus Activities Board president, got the idea for a dance fundraiser while attending UNCG’s LeaderShape Institute last May.

Only a valid Spartan ID is required for admittance; no one will be re-admitted after exiting the gym. Dancers must wear sneakers or tennis shoes, and warm-weather dress — t-shirts and shorts — is suggested.

“It’s not how you would typically dress for a Saturday night,” Goheen says.

For more details, contact the Campus Activities Board at

Cash donations for pediatric cancer research are encouraged.