By Darlene Barss

Playlist Friday is all about dance to celebrate Dance Marathon Day.

I found out that there was such a thing as National Dance Marathon Day and I stole it as my inspiration for a playlist to celebrate dance even though it seems to be an American thing. The dance marathon part that is as dancing is a very global activity.

Dance marathons are events in which people dance or walk to music for an extended period of time. They have been going on for a long time. They once attracted people to compete as a way to achieve fame or win monetary prizes. Today, over 250 colleges and high schools nationwide (in the US) participate in dance marathons of some sort to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Each year, students organize and host different types of dance marathon events in which participants stand on their feet for 12–40 hours straight. Find out more at the dance marathon Wikipedia page.

Me, I just want to dance for the love of music and dancing. Music can make you want to move, whether that is just a toe tapping or really shaking it on the dance floor. You feel that beat and you just gotta dance!

The playlist has music that should help keep you dancing for a couple hours. It may not be a marathon but it’s a good start. So get on that dancefloor and feel the joy of dancing!