South High Marathon Dance logo with sneakers

It's official, the 46th annual South High Marathon Dance will be held March 3 - 4, 2023.

According to the organizers, while the previous two years were single day events held later in the year, the students strongly desire to return to a “traditional” Marathon Dance.  Because we are cognizant of the need to be cautious regarding student and volunteer health, we are in the process of reimagining parts of the event. As things come into focus, details will be shared via our Facebook page.

Last year, the dance raised $515,440.74 for 28 beneficiaries, bringing the 45-year total to more than $9.9 million raised for 619 beneficiaries.

Recipient Nomination Deadline

In January the student committee will begin the extremely difficult process of identifying recipients of the 2023 Marathon Dance. To nominate an individual or organization to be considered as a recipient, please visit All requests must be submitted by January 1, 2023. Any application received after that date will be retained for the 2024 dance.

Fundraising in the name of South High Marathon Dance

Part of the success of the South High Marathon Dance is attributed to the significant number of fundraisers and events which take place throughout the community prior to the weekend of the Marathon Dance.  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 Events@SHMD.orgAll 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, 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 17.  Donations received after that date will be inventoried for the 2024 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 Donations@SHMD.orgPlease provide 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 for additional information as we approach the 2022 Marathon Dance!

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.

Student Chair Committee                                                         

  • Sophia Belden
  • Jillian Capozucca
  • Hazel Crossman
  • Mary Fitzsimmons
  • Sydney Hart
  • Brandin Luman
  • Logan Mahoney
  • Don Manegdeg
  • Lucy Zimolka

SHMD Board of Directors                                                                       

  • Dan Albert
  • Gus Carayiannis
  • Mary Mann
  • Tom Myott
  • Ray Ruby
  • Jody Sheldon
  • Missy Smith