Dance Marathon Day - March 31
Fri, Mar 31, 2023

Dance Marathon Day

Dance Marathon Day is a worldwide celebration dedicated to dance. On this day there are various dance festivals and events around the world. The marathon itself is a dance competition in which couples must move in dance for 24 hours. This is a real test of stamina and skills! The holiday is celebrated annually on March 31.


The history of Dance Marathon Day is not known. However, this holiday was already celebrated in the 1920s, when jazz was popular. The competition was open to everyone who had an idea of dancing. For 24 hours, the most experienced and enduring dancers were identified. Sometimes the time frame of the competition was expanded several times. Of course, the dancers were given the opportunity to have a quick drink, a snack, or to relieve themselves.

During the Great Depression, dance marathons lifted people’s spirits during such difficult times. For a long time, various discussions about the reasonableness and safety of such competitions, however, dance marathons have stood the test of time and are now held in many countries around the world.

Interesting facts

  • In the 1920s and 1930s, the popularity of dance marathons was driven by cash prizes. At that time, people had frequent problems with finances, so participation in the contest seemed a very profitable solution. Amounts ranged from $1,000 to $5,000, with an average annual salary of only $1,400.
  • The longest marathon in history was the Million Dollar Steel Pier Marathon, which lasted 173 days. One couple emerged victorious for a reward of only $1,000.

How to celebrate

Learn more about dance marathons in different countries. If you are willing, you can take part in it (if there are no health problems) – it will be the best way to celebrate.

Spread the word on social media. Ask users if they have participated in dance marathons. What are their impressions?

When is Dance Marathon Day celebrated in 2023?

Dance Marathon Day is observed on March 31 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday March 31 2023
Sunday March 31 2024
Monday March 31 2025