Your Dance Marathon experience doesn't have to end when your undergraduate years do - register to dance as an Alumni dancer today! Our Alumni Morale Captains are dedicated to keeping you connected to one of the best parts about St. Ambrose, Dance Marathon!

Meet your Alumni Engagement Director: Claire McCarthy

Why I Dance: "I dance for the kiddos who may be small but are stronger than they know. I dance for more second chances in life. For more family time, adventures, and chances to see the world, not just hospitals. I dance to remember those who dance in our hearts and to celebrate life. I dance because I can’t stop and won’t stop!"



Alumni Engagement Director is a new position that involves interaction and communication with SAU Dance Marathon Alumni. Duties include planning events, communicating with SAU professional staff especially the Alumni House and Alumni Moral Captains. The main purpose is to help SAUDM Alumni stay involved with this wonderful organization. 

Meet your Alumni MC's: Matt Thole & Murphy Garcia

Matt graduated from St. Ambrose in 2019. He participated in his first dance marathon in 2018 for DM 6! The following year he joined the morale crew for the first time and absolutely loved it! Matt is currently an Associate Account Executive at Kunkel & Associates in Dubuque, IA! Matt dances so that no child or their family has to fight alone and so that every kiddo is given the opportunity to have an amazing childhood. He is excited to Co-Lead the Alumni team with his pal Murph!

Murphy graduated from St. Ambrose in December, 2019 with her bachelor’s in Book Arts, Spanish and Art History. Murph has been a part of Dance Marathon since DM4 and has enjoyed dancing ever since. She dances for more dancers, because what better way to spread love than by bustin’ moves? 

Forever FTK - Get Involved.

As a Dance Marathon alumni, there are many ways for you to stay involved with one of you favorite college experiences:


1. Register to dance: Alumni and graduate students each have unique morale teams so you can stay connected and fundraise in preparation for the year's big event. 

2. Volunteer at the big event: visit this page to sign up to volunteer for various tasks at the big event.

3. Simply make a donation: can't make it to this year's big event but want to give back? Make a donation towards this years' miracles by going to this website. You can even search for and donate to one of your friends or family members still at St. Ambrose.

Stay connected - Stay informed.

Whether you just attended your last Dance Marathon event as an undergraduate or you're an alum from before 'FTK' was a common acronym on the Ambrose campus, we want to keep you connected and up to date with all things Dance Marathon.


Dance Marathon is a yearlong celebration of life to provide emotional and financial support for the families treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Dance Marathon is for the kids, and at St. Ambrose, we 'BEElieve in the Kids'.



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