Theme Hours

For ten different hours during Dance Marathon, the O’Connell Center takes on a theme that resonates throughout the food served, games played and costumes worn. These are some examples of theme hours from past years:

Guinness World Records:
Dancers and staffers attempted to break five different world records,including number of kisses in one minute, given to our mascot, Alberta.

“All”iday:
Games and activities reflected many holidays throughout the year, but condensed into the span of an hour. Dancers even got to make up their own holidays.

Wizard of Oz:
Dancers could dress up as their favorite character from the classic story, then literally follow the yellow brick road through the O'Connell Center to find a variety of activities.

Alice in Wonderland:
Dance Marathon went down the rabbit hole and into a world of tea parties, human playing cards, and talking caterpillars.

MTV Spring Break ’88:
Dancers donned swimsuits, neon t-shirts, and as much sunscreen as they could find to spend the day at the O’Connell Center beach with 800 of their closest friends.

High School Clique:
Dancers got to relive all the best aspects of high school, and dress up like they did when they were younger, or as part of a different clique entirely.

As an added bonus, dancers receive tickets for participating in all the events during the theme hours and even more tickets for winning a game. The tickets can then be traded in during the final hours of Dance Marathon for a chance to go into the “Mood Room.” The room holds may different foot massaging items, including sand, tennis balls, cotton, bubble wrap and even an electric foot massage.