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Nearly 900 people are participating in this year’s 13th annual Dance Marathon – a 26-hour-long fundraising event where students pledge to stay on their feet the entire time to take a stand against pediatric AIDS. For the first time this year, the UCLA Pediatric AIDS Coalition is holding Dance Marathon is in Pauley Pavilion. Stay with us for live updates, including videos, dancer profiles and photos.

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(Erin Ng/Daily Bruin senior staff)
(Erin Ng/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Bruins emotional as Dance Marathon 2014 comes to bittersweet end

The stadium echoed with a deep rumble as students in red T-shirts led a stampede around the dance floor to rally up last-minute morale among the exhausted dancers.

They spilled onto the stage and jumped up and down to pulsating beats, as the stadium reverberated with an audible thud in the final hour of Dance Marathon 2014.

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Sunday, 1:30 p.m.:

Sunday, 1:30 p.m.:

Dance Marathon raised about $445,000 this year to combat pediatric HIV and AIDS – a drop from last year’s $475,400 fundraising total.

Because it takes $19 to reach a prospective mother with an HIV test, this amounts to nearly 25,000 lives changed, said Kevin Tang, the executive director of production for Pediatric AIDS Coalition and a fourth-year environmental science student.

Seventy percent of the proceeds raised during Dance Marathon go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, 20 percent goes to Camp Kindle and 10 percent goes to the UCLA AIDS Institute.

Compiled by Fiona Kirby, Bruin reporter.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: 

Daily Bruin Video brings you Dance Marathon’s “Power Hour” – the final hour of the event filled with non-stop upbeat dancing from students in Pauley Pavilion.

Sunday, 1 p.m.:



Sunday, 1 p.m.:

“Dancer Diaries.” Hour 26.


Sunday, 12 p.m.:

Ryan, 12, is an ambassador for Camp Kindle. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin)
Ryan, 12, is an ambassador for Camp Kindle. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014

Sunday, 11 a.m.:

With about an hour left in the 26-hour dancing grind, members of the Pediatric AIDS Coalition announced the individuals and student teams that raised the most money for Dance Marathon.

Kelsey Paule, a third-year business economics student, raised the most money individually.

The Chi Omega team came in first place for sorority groups and Lambda Chi came in first place for the fraternity category. The Delta Gamma and Theta Chi teams came in second place for the sorority and fraternity categories, respectively, and the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Sigma Chi fraternity teams came in third.

In the bracket for general teams, UCLA Circle K game in first place, Delta Alpha Nu Chi Epsilon came in second and the UCLA Bruin Marching Band came in third.

Members of the Pediatric AIDS Coalition did not announce the amount of money the teams and individuals raised.

Compiled by Fiona Kirby, Bruin reporter.

Sunday, 11 a.m.:

(Eu Ran Kwak/Daily Bruin)

A possibly broken ankle did not keep 13-year-old Rico Felix, from Green Valley, Ariz., from dancing for his father, who is currently living with AIDS.

“I hope my dad’s proud of me,” Felix said after dancing on his crutches nearly 24 hours into the event.

Counselors from Camp Kindle, a summer camp for youths who are affected by HIV and AIDS, introduced Felix to Dance Marathon. Felix said his father initially asked him if he wanted to go to the camp.

Around 5 p.m., Felix encountered some obstacles in his fight to keep dancing when he jumped and landed on the side of his ankle. Afterward, Felix continued to dance on his crutches.

“I have a high tolerance for pain,” he said.

Prior to the injury, Felix took part in a one-on-one dance battle with an undergraduate student, despite feeling intimidated by the competition.

“It was nerve-racking, but my friend said to do it. I was alright,” Felix said.

In the dance battle, Felix danced the cat daddy, a move he learned from watching music videos online.

Felix’s message for his father?

“At my young age, I’m starting off pretty big,” Felix said.

Compiled by Eu Ran Kwak, Bruin contributor.

Sunday, 10 a.m.:

(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

Surrounded by a blaze of lights, Kevin Tang nimbly sifts through the day’s schedule of events, projects his voice into a headset over the blaring sound of pulsating beats and then calmly ambles over to greet attendees – all in the span of 20 seconds.

The executive director of production for Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA hasn’t slept – or sat down – for more than a day. But he makes Sunday morning of Dance Marathon seem as energetic as the first hour of the event.

Tang, a fourth-year environmental science student, is responsible for helping the two-day event run without a hitch. His duties range from making sure that speakers transition smoothly onto the stage to delegating tasks to other committee members.

The tireless director has participated in service activities since elementary school and took a monthlong trip to Tanzania between his first and second years at UCLA, which partly contributed to his passion toward fighting HIV and AIDS.

“I realized you can’t make social change in month – it takes multiple efforts and a lot of time to overcome a challenge like this,” Tang said.

During his time in the East African country, Tang lived in a rural village and went from home to home, educating mothers about misconceptions regarding the disease and ways to prevent them from contracting HIV or AIDS.

Tang said he wants Dance Marathon to show students how they have the ability to enact social change.

“I guess we may be young, but we have a big impact, and we can still put our efforts for a good cause,” Tang said.

Tang added that he thinks the event can serve as a pivotal moment in students’ lives, where they decide to continue participating for different causes.

“Young people have so much power, and it’s not utilized,” Tang said. “It’s important because (this period in our lives) serves as a foundation where kids are deciding what kinds of jobs or experiences they want.”

Dance Marathon will end just a little past noon, but for Tang, his journey toward combatting HIV/AIDS is just beginning.

He’ll be joining the Peace Corps this fall in Cameroon for two-and-a-half years, where he’ll work to educate citizens about HIV transmission.

Head bobbing and arms swaying to the beat, Tang continues zipping around Pauley Pavillion – ensuring that everything is going according to plan.

Compiled by Janet Nguyen, Bruin contributor.


Sunday, 9:30 a.m.:

Find our live updated photo gallery from Dance Marathon 2014 on Spectrum:

Sunday, 9 a.m.:

Sunlight flooded into the Pauley Pavilion concourse as many exhausted dancers massaged aching feet and mustered up the strength to power through the remaining hours of Dance Marathon.

“How are they dancing?” asked third-year theater student and marathon dancer Vaneh Assadourian, pointing to the people dancing on the floor. “I really want to go to bed for a cause.”

Some students squatted or rested on tables to try and get some relief without breaking their pledge to stay on their feet for 26 hours.

Even in the bathroom stalls, dancers need to remain standing. Signs plastered over the restroom walls with inspirational messages, like “To squat or not to squat … you should squat,” remind dancers of their goal.

“It’s fun – I’m just tired,” said Kelly Aburto, a first-year theater student. “I don’t know how to compute anything. I only slept four hours the night before because I was working.”

But with the arrival of the new day came new energy as dancers got excited to reach the finish line.

It is Christine Nguyen’s second time doing Dance Marathon, and she said she was able to conserve her energy better than last year.

Her plan to make it through the last few hours?

“We’re definitely going to dance,” the third-year psychobiology student said. “We’re going to go all out for ‘Power Hour.’”

Compiled by Erin Donnelly, Bruin senior staff, and Stephen Stewart, Bruin contributor.

Sunday, 8 a.m.:



Sunday, 8 a.m.: Dancers get new energy with the new day.

(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)


Sunday, 7 a.m.:

Daily Bruin Video follows up “Dancer Diaries.”

Camp Kindle HIV ambassadors Cori and Gloria Gallarco traveled from Glendale, Ariz. to support Team Gold at Dance Marathon 2014. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin)
Camp Kindle HIV ambassadors Cori and Gloria Gallarco traveled from Glendale, Ariz. to support Team Gold at Dance Marathon 2014. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014

Sunday, 6 a.m.:

Daily Bruin’s Aalhad Patankar and Agnijita Kumar ventured into the costumed masses and mobs of Dance Marathon to find the answer to one, basic question: Who’s got the funky freshest moves in there?
Daily Bruin’s Aalhad Patankar and Agnijita Kumar ventured into the costumed masses and mobs of Dance Marathon to find the answer to one, basic question: Who’s got the funkiest, freshest moves in there? Find a list of dance moves here: #BUSTAMOVE

Sunday, 5 a.m.:

Third-year global studies student Sarah Pontius and second-year global studies student Aria Zommers are two of hundreds of students that participated in this year's Dance Marathon. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin)
Third-year global studies student Sarah Pontius and second-year global studies student Aria Zommers are two of hundreds of students that participated in this year’s Dance Marathon. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014

Sunday, 4 a.m.:

(Brandon Choe/Daily Bruin)
(Brandon Choe/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Darkness fell as dancers circled around in the dance floor with only glow sticks in the crowd to light the room, commencing the start of an HIV and AIDS vigil.

The vigil is a tradition that makes dancers think about their connection to people living with HIV and AIDS and to those they lost over the years to HIV or AIDS related deaths.

The video asked to dancers to raise their hands to answer questions about their connection to HIV or AIDS and if they ever discriminating against people with HIV or AIDS, feelt hopeless for the cause or lost someone to the HIV or AIDS. A moment of silence followed.

Perry Friedlander, director of cause education, broke the silence by playing a game with the dancers about HIV and AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa and America. The game showed the disparities between the two places.

“What’s most shocking is that 40 percent of people in Sub-Sahara Africa are not receiving treatment” Friedlander said.

Friedlander spent some time in South Africa teaching primary care in a city with a population that is 80 percent affected by HIV and AIDS. She witnessed HIV-related deaths. One death is the reason she dances tonight. She dances to tell the story of a mother’s sufferings.

Campers from Camp Kindle went on stage to share a “Did You Know” experience and to proclaim with confidence their connection to HIV and AIDS. One camper told a story about her high school senior year when she told her volleyball coach about her HIV. She quickly became stigmatized by her coach and then team and soon asked her to drink from a different water bottle. One camper then sang a song about overcoming pain.

Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” played after the speeches. Lights illuminated the room as the newly inspired dancers returned to the dance floor.

Compiled by Fernando Aquino, Bruin contributor.



Sunday, 4 a.m.:

Sunday, 3 a.m.:

"I'm a wiener man," third-year international development studies student Tim McDonald. (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)
“I’m a wiener man,” third-year international development studies student Tim McDonald. (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014


Sunday, 2 a.m.:

Standing side by side, Kassidy and Mariah Caitlin grab the attention of tired dancers and tell them about the results of Dance Marathon fundraising.

Some members of the crowd are half-awake and delirious when the sisters first step onto the stage, but they become more attentive when the sisters share their experiences as participants in Camp Kindle, one of Dance Marathon’s beneficiaries.

Kassidy was only three months old when doctors diagnosed her with AIDS.  For the past five years, she has participated in Camp Kindle, a summer program for youth affected by HIV and AIDS, with her older sister Mariah by her side.

Since then, the sisters have traveled around the country, giving speeches to try and reduce misconceptions and stigmas surrounding HIV and AIDS.

They said they remembered a time in their own lives when information about Kassidy’s AIDS diagnosis was spread around school, and they suddenly felt uncomfortable about what people thought.

Encouraged by cheers from the dancers, Mariah reads a poem she wrote called “Affected” in response to the incident:

“My mom told me I was affected.

When I was little I didn’t understand what gave people the right to act better, to act grand?

Between you and me there is not much difference

So why the separation, the fence?

She said my sister and her had AIDS

At school, I hear one rude joke

And start drowning when all I want to do is float.

People started to find out, then there was tension.

We have feelings too, did I mention?

I figured out that’s what all the medication was for!

The effects of the virus are bittersweet

On one hand there were a lot of new people we got to meet.

On the other hand, there was stigma and ignorance

Some people judged before knowing us, we never got the chance.

Now we go to camps and speak out for AIDS.

If stigma were a crime

People would start to realize that it’s bad, in their minds.

In confidence I could say the world would be a better place

Without the stigma they would know it’s not a disgrace.

We all know I’m affected.

But the real question is, “Am I accepted?”

Compiled by Ariana Ricarte, Bruin reporter.

Sunday, 2 a.m.:

"We actually directed people during the undie run so we're wearing the same outfit for dance marathon," said fourth-year psychobiology student Steve Escarcega and fourth-year asian humanities Terry Tran. (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)
“We actually directed people during the undie run so we’re wearing the same outfit for dance marathon,” said fourth-year psychobiology student Steve Escarcega and fourth-year asian humanities Terry Tran. (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014

Sunday, 1:30 a.m.

Sights and Sounds: Bruin Harmony

Sunday, 1 a.m.: 

It’s more than halfway through Dance Marathon and no students have reported injuries yet. Here are some tips from the event’s first aid station to help dancers continue on injury-free for the rest of the event.

  • Keep moving – Switch up your dance routine so you can work different parts of your body. Keep your energy level high without burning out on one movement.

  • Change your shoes – Your feet bear the brunt of the pain, and you’ll be amazed at how good it feels to step out of running shoes into flip-flops after a while.

  • Don’t just dance, do other activities – We know this is a dance marathon, but dancing all the way is not the way to go if you want to emerge decently alive. Go play games at the activities station, or just find something to munch on.

  • Never forget to drink lots of water!

Source: Sandhiya Ravichandran, a third-year molecular, cellular and developmental biology student volunteering at the first-aid station.

Compiled by Emily Liu, Bruin contributor.

Sunday, 1 a.m.: 

Backstage pass: Academy of Villains

Sunday, 12:30 a.m.:

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

When you’re going to be on your feet for 26 hours straight, food becomes essential – even more so than it usually is.

A look into the boxes of dancer stuff lined up around the top aisles of Pauley Pavilion revealed a Dance Marathon must-have – food.

“I came prepared this time round with a lot more food,” said second-time dancer and Calabasas High School student Sabrina Silverman.

Careese Kwok, a third-year economics student, came armed with bars of chocolate, a couple of apples, popcorn and energy bars. The only thing she forgot was energy drinks.

“I wanted to bring so (many) snacks, even though I’m not usually that big of a snacker,” Kwok said. “But I still didn’t bring enough in the end. I forgot that all the time I would be sleeping would be spent eating.”

Callan Porter-Romero, who was munching on a hearty tuna burrito, said she is just grateful for the freedom to take food breaks during the marathon.

“I thought we would have to be dancing nonstop for 26 hours,” Porter-Romero said. “Thank goodness we get the time for all the food.”

Compiled by Emily Liu, Bruin contributor.

Sunday, 12 a.m.:


Saturday, 11 p.m.:
Students talked with Daily Bruin Video for a forth round of “Dancer Diaries.”

Saturday, 11 p.m.:
(Jeong Park/Daily Bruin)
Finertie (right) and Michelle Dilley, a UCLA alum (Jeong Park/Daily Bruin)

Walking precariously through the hallway carrying several plates helped Heather Finertie train for the 26-hour long dance-a-thon.

Finertie, a fourth-year psychology student, works as a waitress when she’s not attending classes. She said she thinks her experience from the job is helping her keep her energy levels high – along with the fact that she is getting in the groove since it is her first time participating.

Since Finertie’s sister, Holly Finertie, is the director of finance for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition, she has plenty of experience with the marathon.

In past years, you would have found Heather Finertie on the sidelines, working as a volunteer or a moraler. This year, however, she’s rocking out on the dance floor.

“It makes (me) little bit more involved, more part of (the marathon),” Finertie said. “It makes (the event) feel more personal.”

Compiled by Jeong Park, Bruin Contributor.

Saturday, 11 p.m.:

Mikayla Banks is a representative for Team Black. She participates to support her mother who has HIV and in memory of her father who died of it. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin)
Mikayla Banks is a representative for Team Black. She participates to support her mother who has HIV and in memory of her father who died of it. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014

Saturday, 10 p.m.:

The Sounds and Sights of The Knocks.

Saturday, 10 p.m.:


Saturday, 9:30 p.m.:

"I didn't have anything else for this theme (to infinity and beyond) and onesies rule everything," said first-year applied mathematics student Spencer Nelson. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin)
“I didn’t have anything else for this theme (to infinity and beyond) and onesies rule everything,” said first-year applied mathematics student Spencer Nelson. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014


Saturday, 8:30 p.m.:

Here’s a video of Samahong Modern performing during hour nine of the event, courtesy of Daily Bruin Video.

Whether they were busting some moves to Justin Timberlake or to the “Frozen” soundtrack, the Filipino dance group drew cheers from enthusiastic Bruins.

Members of Samahang Modern pumped up the crowd with their hip-hop dance moves about nine hours into Dance Marathon. Though event participants still had about 17 hours left to go on their feet, they gained a new sense of energy as they broke into applause while watching the dancers on stage.

“We’re dancers, but first and foremost, we are UCLA students, and it was only natural to support the UCLA community,” said Nico Chavez, a fourth-year mathematics/economics and Samahang Modern dancer.

The group was originally created to perform at Samahang Pilipino cultural shows, but Samahang Modern became a dance group of its own, performing at multiple UCLA events, Chavez said.

“When we performed at the Dance Marathon last year at 3 a.m., it was really inspiring to see people to be so energetic and lively,” said Richard Liu, a choreographer on the group and a fourth-year electrical engineering student.

With their innovative dance moves, Samahang Modern plans to come back to future Dance Marathons and keep the crowd going once more.

Compiled by Jessica Doumit, Bruin contributor.



Saturday, 8 p.m.:

"My dog is named Burrito because he looks like one," said fourth-year anthropology student Gabrielle Kasley. Kasley is a Dance Marathon 2014 guest speaker who lives with AIDS. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin)
“My dog is named Burrito because he looks like one,” said fourth-year anthropology student Gabrielle Kasley. Kasley is a Dance Marathon 2014 guest speaker who lives with AIDS. (Angie Wang/Daily Bruin) Find more portraits here: #HODM2014

Accompanied by her dog, Burrito, she stood on the Dance Marathon stage wearing a Superman shirt.

“My name is Gabriella Kasley, and I’m a Bruin living with AIDS,” she told the crowd.

Kasley, a fourth-year anthropology student, tested positive for HIV four years ago. After contracting the virus, Kasley began taking antivirals and underwent blood tests every month.

Recently, she developed cancer and lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy three times a week.

Kasley is currently being treated at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Because she is there so often, she has her own permanent room.

The Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA asked Kasley to speak at Dance Marathon, but she said she was hesitant to come at first.

“This is the first time I’m coming out to people to tell them it’s okay to live with AIDS,” Kasley said. “I need to step out of my shadow.”

Compiled by Norma Reyes, Bruin Contributor.


Saturday, 7 p.m.:

“We the Folk” gave a lively performance for dancers during hour eight of the event.

Saturday, 7 p.m.:

(Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)
(Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)

Brad Delson, lead guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park and a UCLA alumnus, stopped by UCLA to support students raising awareness for pediatric AIDS.

Delson stepped onto stage at 6:30 p.m. in front of a screaming audience to host part of the event’s “Color Wars.”

“It’s my first time in Dance Marathon, and I’m not quite sure of what my role as host will be,” Delson said in an interview. “I’ll have to be quick on my feet!”

Delson graduated from UCLA in 1999 and established the Delson Scholarship Fund at UCLA with his wife in 2004. Each year, the fund awards four-year scholarships to students from Bell High School or Huntington Park High School in East Los Angeles.

Delson also returned to campus in June 2009 to speak at the UCLA Letters of College and Science commencement ceremony.

“I want to be here to show my support to the students here who have worked so hard to raise money and awareness for the (pediatric AIDS) cause,” Delson said. “I am very appreciative of what they have done.”

Compiled by Margaux Moores-Tanvier, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 6 p.m.:

Daily Bruin Video checked in again with several students for another “Dancer Diaries” video during hour eight of the marathon.

Saturday, 6 p.m.:

(Hee Jae Choi/Daily Bruin)
(Hee Jae Choi/Daily Bruin)

Sound of fists pounding on sparring mitts, interspersed with occasional yips and “hi-yahs,” echo outside the stadium.

After dancing for hours, dancers still had energy left to learn how to do side kicks and forehand strikes in a self-defense class.

Students learned self-defense moves from UCLA Recreation instructors and practiced them in pairs. Some dancers donned pink tutus and shimmery silver slippers, but they practiced their punches and blocks on their partners with stern faces.

Some dancers were a little less solemn.

Sarah Mastroni, a first-year biology student, struck the sparring mitt that her partner, Jackie Zewe, a first-year psychobiolology student, was wearing and broke out in a fit of giggles.

“She has definitely improved,” Zewe said about Mastroni’s self-defense skills.

In return, Mastroni praised her partner’s fierce fighting ability.

“She’s excellent,” Mastroni said. “I would definitely not be in a fight with this one.”

Compiled by Hee Jae Choi, Bruin contributor.


Saturday, 5:30 p.m.:

Daily Bruin Video gives you a closer look at UCLA Sex Squad with another Backstage Pass video.

Saturday, 5 p.m.:

“Deviant Voices” takes the stage.

Saturday, 5 p.m.:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. 

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

It’s her first year at Dance Marathon, but she has a lifetime of experience with the cause.

“Since I was born, I was told that I was going to die,” Porchia Dees, a fourth-year anthropology student at UC Riverside, said in her speech to dancers. Speaking between music sets, she told the crowd about the struggles she has faced because she was born with HIV.

Dees, 27, grew up in the legal custody of her aunt and uncle because her mother was addicted to drugs, she told the crowd. Her mother, who died of AIDS in 2004, was HIV positive and passed it to Dees.

The biggest challenge was the negative prospects people had about her future because of her disease, Dees said. She volunteers at Camp Kindle, a camp for children and adolescents who are infected or affected by HIV, as the director of a writing project. She runs different writing exercises where the campers do journalistic writing.

“I’m thinking that if I can get them to open up, they might tell me about what they’re going through and I can relate,” Dees said. She hopes to help children through their challenges and make them feel like they aren’t alone.

Dees said that she is currently relatively healthy. The virus is undetectable and her white blood cell levels are managed when she takes her medication, she said.

She said she is excited to participate in color wars on the pink team, and plans on staying for all 26 hours.

Compiled by Alex Torpey, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Dancers, with their legs wide apart and arms reaching toward the sky, stretched their muscles in a makeshift yoga class outside Pauley Pavilion to take a break from almost five hours of dancing.

Dancers will be able to participate in hour-long yoga sessions, as well as zumba and self-defense classes, throughout Dance Marathon, said Carly Yoshida, a Pediatric AIDS Commission director who organized the work-out sessions.

“Other than dancing, we also want to give (dancers) other forms of entertainment that’s good for their bodies,” Yoshida said.

Stretching his arms wide, Jordan Martucci, a third-year psychobiology student, hummed to the song “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the film “Mulan.”

Struggling to keep his stance and listen to the yoga instructor who spoke through a megaphone, Martucci said, “I can keep up. I’m as fluid as water!”

He said the yoga session is important to keep dancers, who get tired from constant dancing, energized for the entire 26-hour-long event.

Compiled by Hee Jae Choi, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 4 p.m.:

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

He looked like he shaved in the dark or was having an extremely bad hair day, but he did it for pediatric AIDS.

Keaton Boyle, a third-year computer science student, said he let friends and family cut his hair to raise money for Dance Marathon. By dividing his hair and beard into sections and charging people to cut the hair however they wanted, he raised the mandatory $250 required to participate in the event.

His left side burn, designated as one section, was cut into horizontal stripes. He said the top of his head was the product of someone asking him to engrave his initials into his hair.

Boyle said he decided to participate in the event for the first time last year because he wanted to be a part of a UCLA tradition. The experience he had was worth coming back to, he added.

“It’s exhausting but, at the end, the last two hours are just majestic,” Boyle said.

Compiled by Alex Torpey, Bruin contributor. 

Saturday, 4 p.m.:

From behind the first aid table, Holly Finertie kept an eye out for any dancers who looked unwell, ready with plasters and aspirin to tend to any minor injuries and remedy headaches.

The fourth-year economics and public health student and director of finance at the Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA, has been part of the event for years, starting out just as a dancer and working her way up to her current role in the group.

All the food provided for the dancers comes from donations, Finertie said. This year, she has served as a liaison between the UCLA Pediatric AIDS Coalition, catering companies and businesses like BJ’s and Chipotle to secure free food and drinks for the dancers.

After years of watching the 26 hours pan out, she said that when the moralers who arrive at midnight leave the pavilion at 3 a.m., there’s a significant dip in energy and moral.

“It gets much more cause-orientated at that point,” she said.

Finertie said she thinks dancers get a renewed sense of purpose when speakers who have been affected by AIDS share their experiences with them. To her, that purpose carries the dancers through the tough early morning hours.

“It gets personal just when you forget why you’re here,” Finertie said.

Compiled by Delara Shakib, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 4 p.m.:

Sights and Sounds of the Street Hearts

Saturday, 4 p.m.:

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin)
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin)

Sandwiched in a cardboard cutout of a bobsled, Steven St. Germain wiped the sweat trickling down his forehead and exhaled deeply.

The third-year environmental science student said he brought five pairs of shoes with him to Dance Marathon to combat the arduous task of remaining on his feet for more than a day.

“It feels good to change your shoes after a while,” St. Germain said.

St. Germain, along with his friend Jake Collins, a fourth-year electrical engineering student, are both dance captains. Dance captains spend the entire year recruiting people for their teams and are responsible for maintaining the energy of the dancers.

The pair resorted to some unconventional measures to keep their spirits, and their health, in good condition.

“We are constantly flossing,” Collins said. “Dental hygiene is beyond important in these circumstances.”

The two students said they have both raised $500 to help combat pediatric AIDS.

Collins said he thinks serving as a dance caption is one of the best jobs you can have.

“Plus, we get to wear awesome costumes,” he added with a grin.

Compiled by Tala Ahmadi, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.:

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Scooby Doo shook his tail on the dance floor with Dipsy, the green teletubby.

The two characters danced and jumped together, arm in arm, at the front of the dance floor. Dipsy never left the side of Scooby Doo, first-year applied math student Spencer Nelson.

Nelson said he had a lot of energy.

“Let’s see if I can maintain it,” he added, laughing.

Nelson decided to participate in this year’s Dance Marathon because he supports the cause and wanted to spend time with his fraternity brothers, who are also dancing. He said his favorite part of Dance Marathon this year is the energy in Pauley Pavilion and many of the costumes people wear.

Near Nelson, Teletubbies duo Kevin Park, a second-year psychology student, and Josh Nguyen, a third-year biology student, were also easy to spot. The two students dressed up as Tinky Winky and Dipsy.

“We tried to dress just as ridiculous as possible,” Park said.

Later on, Nelson added a tutu to his Scooby Doo outfit as he strutted and twerked down the catwalk during a “Color Wars” competition.

Compiled by Alejandra Reyes, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.:

Saturday, 3 p.m.:

Here’s a second Dancer Diary by Daily Bruin Video.

Saturday, 2 p.m.:

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Wearing sombreros, tutus and colorful wigs, 14 dancers strutted down the center of the Pauley Pavilion basketball court. On the catwalk, they attempted to impress the judges with their favorite moves, such as the moonwalk and cartwheels, and countless poses.

During Dance Marathon’s “Color Wars,” competing teams were each designated a color to show off through participation in a runway competition. Judging was based on the best outfit combination that reflected “personality, pizzazz and swagger.”

Each of the teams had 45 seconds to run to their designated box and dress their model with the items the boxes contained. Two assistants in each group helped dress models to complete the final look, while members of the crowd cheered them on.

The teal team jumped in triumph when they were declared the winner, with team red and team blue taking second and third place respectively.

“I mean, we kind of felt we had it from the beginning. It was pretty unfair for the other teams,” said Ky Newman, third-year design | media arts student, jokingly. “But it was cool. We found motivation to keep going.”

Compiled by Nikki Somali, Bruin contributor.


Find a collection of photos from Dance Marathon 2014 on Spectrum:
Find a collection of photos from Dance Marathon 2014 on Spectrum:

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.:

Check out this “backstage pass” Daily Bruin video of Jon Nash, one of the performers at Dance Marathon.

Saturday, 1 p.m.:

UCLA alumnus Ryan Darling split the crowd as he walked up to the stage in Pauley Pavilion, causing the usually boisterous room to fall silent.

Darling was a fourth-year political science student at UCLA when he started to feel sick. He was bedridden and missed a quarter of classes before he went to UCLA doctors to find out what was wrong. They told him he was HIV positive.

“It was a blur. I know that I was really scared. It was an overwhelming feeling that I tried to push down,” Darling said.

Darling was diagnosed in 2004. Now, 10 years later, Darling works at UCLA as the assistant director for New Family Programs.

When he was first diagnosed, Darling said he was in shock and did not seek the treatment he needed.

Because of Dance Marathon, he was motivated to fight for his life, he told the crowd.

“I saw my community fighting for a cure … it’s moving, it’s incredible and it’s safe to say Dance Marathon saved my life,” Darling said.

Going to the doctor allowed Darling to start his fight against HIV and allowed him to realize the importance of addressing the disease.

“HIV does not go away if you ignore it,” Darling said to the students in Pauley Pavilion.

When Darling was growing up, he said that he saw people with AIDS as people who were dying. Growing up in a time marked by an increasing number of HIV cases, he said he thinks many people were ignorant about the details of the sickness.

Some people believed that they could get AIDS through something as small as a handshake, Darling added.

“(Dance Marathon) gives visibility to the cause. Having this many people come together is hard to ignore,” Darling said.

During his presentation, Darling also encouraged all students in Pauley Pavilion to get tested themselves.

“There is no excuse for not knowing your own status,” Darling said.

Students applauded after hearing Darling speak, breaking the brief silence. Darling walked down from the stage with a smile on his face and some closing words for those living with HIV today.

“I would say to keep your head up, your life is not over,” Darling said. “That goes for everyone, not just those with HIV.”

Compiled by Julia Raven, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 12:55 p.m.:

DJ A-Klap, otherwise known as fourth-year political science student Anthony Kapitanski, takes the stage to keep the dancers energized. Check out our Q&A with the budding artist.

Fourth-year political science student Anthony Kapitanski, who performs under the stage name A-Klap, will perform a DJ set at Dance Marathon Saturday.  (Max McGee/Daily Bruin)
Fourth-year political science student Anthony Kapitanski, who performs under the stage name A-Klap, will perform a DJ set at Dance Marathon Saturday.
(Max McGee/Daily Bruin)

Saturday, 12:45 p.m.:

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Amid the upbeat music and a whirl of lights and sounds, a sea of student participants representing 14 teams of dancers, chanted Pauley Pavilion into life during the first hour of this year’s Dance Marathon.

For Dance Marathon “Color Wars,” each student team is assigned a color, which they represent in dancing and chanting battles over the course of the event. The winner will be the team that takes the lead by the end of the marathon.

The magenta won the day’s competition – a chanting war.

Compiled by Samuel Temblador, Bruin contributor.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.:

VIDEO: Signature A Capella talks about their performance at UCLA Dance Marathon 2014.

Saturday, 11 a.m.: 

Our Daily Bruin Video team is following four UCLA students, Nihal Satyadev, Hayle Bower, Arie Kim and Jasmine Yen, for the 26-hour long Dance Marathon. We checked in with them for “Dancer Diaries: Hour Zero.”

With “Let’s Get it Started” blasting through Pauley Pavilion, almost 900 dancers rose to their feet for the start UCLA’s 13th annual Dance Marathon.

(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)