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With winter break coming to a close it’s time to start planning for spring semester and the Big Event. We’ve got less than 60 days until we all get to shamelessly share our embarrassing dance moves for 12 hours straight. So get your gear ready, get yourself ready, and of course get your dance moves ready. To make the most of your experience be sure to have these four essentials as you head back to Cedar Falls.

  1. Any and all orange gear you can find: this can include orange bandanas, shorts, socks, headbands, or anything else orange you can find. There’s no such thing as too much orange at the Big Event, so get creative!

  2. Comfortable shoes: if you’re going to be on your feet for 12 hours, then you’ll definitely want to have your most comfortable shoes with you. Plan to wear your comfiest tennis shoes to the Big Event.

  3. A fanny pack: this is not a joke. If there is a place where fanny packs are the coolest and most functional accessory possible, it’s the Big Event. It’s the most stylish way to carry around all of your essentials without getting in the way of your dancing. Bonus points if you have an orange fanny pack.

  4. Your best dance moves: there are very few places where you get the chance to show off your dance moves to thousands of people with zero judgment. The Big Event is one of them, so bring your entire repertoire of dance moves. I know I’ll bring mine.

The Big Event is a time for 12 hours of fun, and being well prepared makes the experience that much better. Get creative with your outfit and orange gear, and get ready for the best 12 hours of the year. Enjoy the rest of break, and continue your countdown to the Big Event and our celebration of everything FTK!

-Adapted from the University of Iowa Dance Marathon

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