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Ballard High students hope to raise $30,000 for cancer research with 'Dance Maroon'

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A photo from the 2014 Dance Maroon (Photo courtesy of Ballard High) A photo from the 2014 Dance Maroon (Photo courtesy of Ballard High)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a six-hour dance marathon that raises money for pediatric oncology research and this year, Ballard High School students are hoping to surpass the $42,000 they raised in 2014.

The annual Dance Maroon from 6 p.m. until midnight tonight (Friday) in the school's large gymnasium. The school is located at 6000 Brownsboro Road in eastern Jefferson County.

Students have been contributing to the fund-raising effort all year and their efforts will culminate with tonight's event. There is a $30 minimum donation that can be paid at the door. 

Over the past four years, the event has raised $120,000 for cancer research, said Jenny Linn, a Ballard teacher who helps organize the event. 

"Students will dance for six hours straight," Linn said, adding that the marathon takes its name from a unique line dance and is choreographed by student committee members and will be performed every hour, on the hour.

It is a mini version of Dance Blue, a 24-hour dance marathon at the University of Kentucky, Linn said.

Linn said 120 students participated in the event last year and as of Friday afternoon, 50 students had registered for this year's event.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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