Dancers stand on their feet for the entire 18 hours of the event. Participating as a dancer is a fun, rewarding way to show support for the kids at Connecticut Children’s.


If you sign up to be a Dancer, you should stay the entire 18 hours. It might sound like a long time, but the energy in the Field House will keep you going all night long. With a variety of different theme hours and activities, you’ll want to keep moving. We have lots of games and performances going on throughout the night. You’ll get to hear stories from our HuskyTHON families every hour, and Morale Captains will be helping everyone learn the Morale dance. That’s not to say it’s not tiring at times – it is, but when energy gets low it’s important to remember why we’re all there. We’re dancing For The Kids and it’s all about standing for those who can’t. Until you experience HuskyTHON, it’s hard to grasp, but once you’re there we can guarantee you’ll find the strength to make it through the full 18 hours. Every hour, 37 children are cared for at Connecticut Children’s. In the 18 hours we dance at HuskyTHON, Connecticut Children’s will treat hundreds of children.


Dancers are responsible for a fundraising minimum of $215. This may sound like a lot at first glance, but it’s really easy to raise your minimum fundraising goal. Our Director of Canning can set up a date for you to can outside of local stores. You can reach out to friends and family and share the story of this amazing cause. You can put on your own fundraisers or save up spare change. There are a number of ways to raise $215. If you’re having issues reaching this goal, feel free to reach out to our Director of Strategic Fundraising for some more tips.


– Survival Guide –

What to bring:

Clothes to bring:


  • HuskyTHON 2020 T-shirt (given to you at check-in)
  • Clothes for THEME HOURS
  • Extra T-shirts
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Changes of shoes (sandals, slippers, sneakers, boots, etc.)
  • Different pants (shorts, sweats, yogas, jeans, etc.)
  • Bra/Sports bras
  • Sweatshirt and Jacket (it gets cold going outside to the bathroom)

Toiletries to bring:


  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Eye drops
  • Contact solution/contact lenses or glasses
  • Make up/make up remover
  • Perfume or cologne
  • Dry shampoo/baby powder
  • Brush or comb
  • Hair ties, headbands
  • Feminine products

Extra things to bring:


  • Reusable water bottle
  • Inhaler, EpiPen or any medications you might need
  • Advil or Tylenol
  • Band Aids
  • Money and credit/debit card for activities and/or merchandise
  • Hand towel
  • Drinks (Gatorade, energy drink)
  • Snacks and small meals if you have dietary restrictions (must be eaten in the designated food area)
  • Gum or mints
  • Portable phone charger

What not to bring:

  • Power strip
  • Bags larger than a backpack
  • More than one bag
  • Weapons, or alcohol and drugs of any kind
  • Footballs (not permitted in the Field House)

*All bags will be checked day of and you are responsible for all items you bring. HuskyTHON and UConn Recreation are not liable for any lost or stolen items.

Tips and Tricks

  • Get plenty of sleep on Thursday and Friday
  • Eat dinner before arriving to HuskyTHON on Saturday
  • Stay hydrated
  • Give potential donors a heads up prior to the start of the event

Fundraising Ideas

  • Personal asks are the most effective way!
    • Email previous donors from last year
    • Post on social media asking friends and family for a donation
  • Ask for a friend to give their $3 coffee money to your Donor Drive
  • Offer to shovel a friend’s car for a donation
  • Venmo charges—friends might be more likely to donate if Venmo is more convenient!
  • Donate your old clothes for quick cash
  • Dog sit or babysit in exchange for a donation
  • Offer to post an embarrassing photo or video of you dancing for every donation you receive
  • Donate your loose change to your Donor Drive
  • Promise to give friends a ride to class/the grocery store/wherever in exchange for a donation to HuskyTHON
  • Put the money you have saved on your Venmo accounts into your Donor Drive instead of just adding it back to your bank account
  • Swipe your hungry friends into a dining hall in return for a donation to your HuskyTHON page
  • Offer to give your friends a sober ride for a donation to your Donor Drive

If you are interested in being a Dancer, have any questions, or would like more information, please contact our Co-Directors of Dancer Relations.