Our dance-a-thons are easy to execute. We provide everything you'll need in just one call. Pledge forms, posters and flyers to handout to the students, professional CD annoucements to play to the students to keep them excited, prizes and more.
The dance-a-thon is not an original idea, but using a dance fundraiser as one of your primary fundraisers might be. Kids love it, especially at the elementary and middle school level. Whether your school holds many fundraisers throughout the year, or relies on one large fundraiser, this might be a good solution.
The main expense for a fundraising dance-a-thon is the DJ. It's best not to use live music with a band since you will want to have a variety of music and it's hard to do that with a live band. Whatever you do, don't skimp on the DJ!
Choose one with good references, a large music collection, and good equipment. This will be the primary focus of your event, so don't cheap it out.
Dance fundraiser profit tips:
The profits will come from student pledges and novelty items. To make sure your event is well attended, publicity is the key. Promote the event well in advance, and keep the push on until the day of the dance-a-thon. Your DJ company may supply posters/flyers already.
Additional profits can also come from having a raffle at the event. Tickets can be pre-sold and sold at the event for prizes that people really want.
Depending on the size and age of your group, small electronics work well. Raffle off a CD player, DVD player, MP3 player, and so on. Local businesses may be willing to donate prizes or sell them to you at cost.
Another way to make sure you get the most profit from your dance-a-thon is to sell "shout-outs" for about a dollar. A shout out is a message that is read by the DJ to the crowd between songs.
For example, "Here's a shout out from Kimberly to all her soccer team buddies. Dolphins Rule!"
You'll need to have slips of paper pre-printed so the shout outs can be submitted that include:
Give a few to every teacher about a week before the dance-a-thon and ask them to distribute them to deserving students. Once the first few shout outs are done, everyone will want a piece of the action. Be sure to have lots of volunteers working the shout outs table after that!
One last note about dance-a-thons; they can be pretty labor intensive so be sure to line up your volunteers early. One middle school in Toronto had a dance-a-thon and the promise to the volunteers was this:
We hope to make enough money with the dance-a-thon that we won't have to have another major fundraiser for the rest of the school year! That's right, no wrapping paper, no magazine sales, no selling fruit baskets.
Watch the volunteers clamor to help at your dance fundraiser and watch your groups profits soar.