The 47th annual South High Marathon Dance will be held March 1 and 2, 2024. Last year, the dance raised $630,111.07 for 22 beneficiaries, bringing the 46-year total to more than $10.5 million raised for 641 beneficiaries. The South High Marathon Dance Inc. is registered with the state of New York as a charitable corporation and has been determined by the IRS to be a public charity under section 501 (c) (3). Accordingly, all donations are tax deductible.

Recipient Nomination Deadline
In mid-December the student committee will begin the extremely difficult process of identifying recipients of the 2024 Marathon Dance. To nominate an individual or organization to be considered as a recipient, please visit All requests must be submitted by December 1, 2023. Any application received after that date will be retained for the 2025 dance. Please note, this date is one month earlier than in previous years.

Fundraising in the name of South High Marathon Dance
The significant number of fundraisers and events which take place throughout the community prior to the weekend of the Marathon Dance have contributed greatly to the success of the event. If you would like to conduct a fundraiser or event, or to verify the legitimacy of one which is scheduled, please contact our Events Committee at All fundraising activities or events, the use of the South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) name, icons, images and logos are subject to approval of the Corporation. Any event or fundraiser raising money for a specific student’s fundraising goal MUST also receive approval, (the student must submit a request for approval to Ms. Mann in the high school, the form can be found at under the Dancers tab) and clearly state on all flyers and advertisements that the proceeds of said activity will be attributed to that student’s total; this includes money jars at businesses.

Donation of Goods or Services
This year, all donations must be received no later than Friday, February 16. Donations received after that date will be inventoried for the 2025 Marathon Dance. No donations for auctions or prizes will be accepted at the Dance.
Many businesses, individuals, and organizations donate goods or services to the dance to be used as auction items, rewards for dancers, or to provide food for dancers, recipients, or the concession stand. If you are interested in donating a good or service, please contact us at Please provide to us the information about the goods or services you would like to donate as soon as possible so that we may plan accordingly. The Marathon
Dance will use your donation as it deems most appropriate. If you are approached by someone representing the South High Marathon Dance, but unsure of their legitimacy, please reach out to us to verify their identity.

We appreciate your continued support of the South High Marathon Dance. Please be sure to visit the Marathon Dance’s website at, follow us on Facebook, or Twitter @shmdnow for additional information as we approach the 2024 Marathon Dance!