Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Dance for a Cause Dance-a-Thon?
A: This Dance-a-thon is very similar to a walk-a-thon. Participants join teams (or dance as individuals) and raise money by dancing. Dance lessons, social dancing, contests, prizes and more will be enjoyed throughout the day. This event is open to all who want to participate – new beginners through advanced and no experience necessary!
Q. Why is this event so important?
A: The Mambo Room established the dance-a-thon as a primary means to raise money for charitable causes and to support program development in the Mambo Room provided both in the studio and in the community. Due to the overwhelming generosity of participants over the years, the money raised has supported a number of charitable and worthy causes. As event organizers, our commitment is to provide a source of uplift for the community, and enjoyment for our generous fundraisers and guests.
Q. Do I have to dance for 12 hours?
A. No. Your team will dance for 12 hours. You must have one team member on the dance floor at all times. It’s like a relay.
Q. Do I have to be present for the whole 12 hours?
A. No. You must have one team member present the whole time. You can schedule times for each member if you would like.
Q. Do I have to know how to dance to participate?
A. No. There will be dance lessons all day long and plenty of people willing to teach you.
Q. Do I need a partner or can I come by myself?
A. You do NOT need a partner. We will rotate people in classes, so you will dance with everyone. If you don’t know anyone, we promise you will leave with lots of friends! If you don’t have a team, just let us know and we will find you one, or you may register as an individual.
Q. How are the proceeds split?
A. 50% of your teams’ funds (less expenses) will go to BAILACURA. The other 50% (less expenses) will go towards other charitable programs through the Mambo Room.
Q. I don’t have a team, can I still participate?
A. Yes, absolutely, we’d love to have you join us. If you don’t have a team, we can match you up with a team that has space available. Or you may sign up as an individual.
Q. How should a check be made out?
A. Make all checks payable to “Mambo Room Danceathon”
Q. Is the minimum donation $200?
A. No. There is no donation too small.
Q. How much money does my team need to raise?
A. Your team goal is $2,000. The goal is not mandatory to participate, but once the team raises $2,000 collectively, your team is then eligible to win prizes.
Q. How do I raise money?
A. Ask your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors for donations. Tell them about the event and the cause. Maybe they will want to dance too! Have mini fundraisers if you like! Donors may donate through your personal profile or team page here, or they may give you cash/check that you can then turn into the studio.
Q. How many people should be on each team?
A. Maximum of 10 people.
Q. Am I only allowed to dance with people on my team?
A. Of course not. You will want to meet and dance with people from all the other teams.
Q. How can I become part of a team?
A. You can start your own team by inviting some friends. Or let us know and we can put you on a team.
Q. Do we have to have an even amount of girls and guys.
A. No. You can have an all guys, girls or co-ed teams if you would like. There will be plenty of people to dance with!
Q: Will there be any food on site at the studio?
A. Yes, lunch and dinner are provided for all participants who raise a minimum ($200) or more. If you didn’t raise the minimum, food and beverages will cost $5 per meal, $2 per beverage and $1 per snack.
Q. What if someone wants to mail in a check?
A. Make sure they put your name in the memo field so that we can identify who the donation goes to and add to your total raised. Have them then mail it to Mambo Room: 400-B West 21st Street, Norfolk VA 23517. Checks should be made out to “Mambo Room Danceathon”.