''F--- cancer; we can beat it,'' said John Reyes, a second-year psychobiology student.
Saadiya Ismail, a fourth-year economics student, was on Team Green. She is a part of Bruin Belles Service Association, a philanthropic women’s empowerment club, and wants to show her group's support for the cause.
"I don't think any child should feel like they don't have a chance because of something they are born with," said Olivia Handrahan, a first-year business economics major.
"It's just such a great cause, how can you get so many people in one room if its not a good cause!" said Megan Leigh, a first-year economics student.
Three-year-old Finley Elizabeth Banks dances to show support for the event and her father who is HIV positive.
''Four hundred babies are born HIV positive every year, and that's 400 too many,'' said second-year neuroscience student Mathew Quigley. The Team Lime captain wore a lime green tutu and leggings to represent his team.
''Before 3 is kind of my lowest point of exhaustion, so I find a song to go all out and rehype myself and go on an upwards projectile,'' said fourth-year psychology student Kristin Horrillo, who sang along to the lyrics of ''All By Myself.''
''I danced today to end stigma and to create world free of HIV/AIDS,'' said Megan Larratt (left), a second-year world arts and cultures student. ''Dance Marathon has been an inspiration to me for the past two years to stand up for what I believe in and that anything is possible when people come together,'' added Devon Whitlock (right), a second-year nursing student.
"Honestly a lot of it was on sale, and half of the fun is dressing up and making a fool of yourself," said Olivia London, a fourth-year musical theater student, about her America-themed costume.
"Freshman year, (Dance Marathon) was just like the one thing that really stuck with me," said Shefali Kaul (right), who convinced her friend Tiffany Liu (left), both fourth-year biology students, to participate in Dance Marathon this year. "I wanted to take part in a UCLA tradition that I had always heard about," Liu said.
"Ah shoot! I got dragged in 'cause I really like dancing," said Drew Karson, a third-year chemical engineering student, dressed up as a pirate for Dance Marathon. "I signed up and then found out it was my birthday, but I was already committed and this is a fun place to be."
Dance Marathon started by teaching all participants a dance to a certain song in the first hour. Sami Sukhram, a third-year political science and anthropology student, performs this dance with other participants in the 23rd hour of the marathon.
"Early I was dancing the night away in my pajamas and i'm just most comfortable in my pajamas," said Vanessa Robinson, a first-year psychology and Spanish student. "I feel like wearing PJs is something comfy and fun and just shows that anyone can have a good no matter what time of day."