With 30 hours of dancing, you’re going to need a lot of energy to make it through the entirety of Dance Marathon. How active are dancers during the first two blocks?

I put on a Fitbit Charge 2 at 4:30 p.m. Around that time, my activity was light, which is indicated by the red bars. The yellow bars show moderate activity, and the green bars show high activity. Once I got into the tent, my activity fluctuated as I went from dancing to standing there summoning the energy to continue.

Photo by Tara Wu / North by Northwestern

Over the course of the first two blocks, I took over 20,000 steps and danced the equivalent of just under 10 miles. I also climbed 25 flights of stairs, so if you’re looking for a cardio workout, sign up for DM!

Photo by Tara Wu / North by Northwestern
Photo by Tara Wu / North by Northwestern

When I entered the tent, my activity was low. I stood there awkwardly wondering why I was there at 6:30 p.m., a half hour earlier than I expected. Over time, I started dancing, and my activity rose to moderate. I didn’t start getting really active until the end of Block 1, which was probably when I started bopping to the Pokemon theme song.

During Block 2, I was much more active and starting to feel the energy from the crowd. After all, the block theme was Evolution of Dance, so who wouldn’t be dancing? My personal favorite songs from Block 2 were “September,” “Come on Eileen” and “Bye Bye Bye.”

Right at the beginning of Block 3, my activity dropped from high to light. I started getting nauseous, but I got a little more active when Mamma Mia started playing. But in the middle of Block 3, the blasting music was making my headache worse and the nausea was really setting in, so I gave up and collapsed in bed.

So dancing for even seven hours? Not great for my body.