Dance Your Cash Off

Join us on JUNE 19 for the fifth annual DANCE YOUR CASH OFF dance marathon. Hundreds of stylish, vibrant, and fun folks will shake their moneymakers for five straight hours in this city’s most aerobic and rhythm-filled fundraiser. Don’t be left on the sidelines!


Your Host - Lindy West

Dance Warm-Up Coach – Shannon Stewart

DJs - DJ El Toro and Riz Rollins

Judges - Betsey Brock, Rachel Kessler, David Schmader, Christopher Frizzelle, John Roderick, and Sean Nelson

Dancers - YOU, your friends, your family, and anyone else you can strap dancing shoes onto.


5:30pm - Doors open

6:00pm - Dancing begins

7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00pm - Prizes Awarded

11:00pm - Grand Prizes Awarded

We are moving to a bigger space because—now, in our fifth year—the word is out: Dance Your Cash Off is the best dance party of the year and supports the best cause: 826 Seattle. Please join us at the historic Washington Hall, located in Seattle’s Central District at 153 14th Ave (14th Avenue and East Fir Street, one block north of East Yesler Way). VIEW MAP



Intentional Futures

Sparkle Donkey

Gentleman Jack

Naked City

Tito's Vodka

Inn at the WAC

Do 826

Trophy Cupcakes

A & P




Do you have what it takes to shake, shimmy, and sweat for a good cause? Being a dancing DYCO participant is easy:

  1. Register HERE. You can be a team of ONE or ONE HUNDRED (or somewhere in-between).
  2. Read our dance marathon rules (below) and learn how to win great prizes.
  3. Start collecting donations! Collect at least $50 per dancer to earn each official dance marathon number. Only dancers wearing a number are eligible for prizes.
  4. Show up at Washington Hall on June 19, hit the dance floor and start winning prizes!


  1. Dance.
  2. Dance some more.
  3. Don't stop dancing!
  5. To be eligible to win prizes, you must have an official dance number.
  6. You must raise a minimum of $50 to get a dance number.
  7. You must arrive at Washington Hall prior to 5:59pm to claim your dance number.
  8. This is a dance marathon! If you are competing for a marathon prize (see below) you must dance the entire 5 hours (though, all dancers have 30 minutes of break time to use at their discretion. We aren't monsters.)
  9. Costumes aren't required, but they are sure to get you style points. And style points get you prizes. (TIP: dress in a costume.)
  10. Are you still dancing? Good job!



Fuel your favorite dancers during those five hours with your donations! Making a donation is easy and it supports the work of 826 Seattle.

So head on over to and click on "Fundraisers" to locate and support your favorite Dance Your Cash Off team!


THE PHARRELL HAPPY DANCE : $826 - pays for a staff person and a team of trained volunteers to visit a local school two times to help a teacher with their writing curriculum.

THE GANGNAM GIFT : $500 - pays the transportation/bus fees for three south-end schools to attend a field trip.

THE SAKE SHAKE : $100 - pays for one student to attend a two-session workshop.

THE BIEBER BOUNCE : $25 - covers the cost of one student to attend a field trip.

THE ONE DIRECTION SHUFFLE : $20 - buys a jump drive for a student to save their work-in-progress to take home and edit.

THE DAFT PUNK PUNCH : $10 - Buys 6 dozen #2 pencils (we go through about 4,234,209 of these per year).




Not sure you have the moves to raise some serious cash, but still want to join in the fun? Join us anyway!

$10 cover gets you in the door and on the dance floor. You won't be eligible for any prizes, but you will be able to spin, shake, twerk, and werk.

No one under 21 years old will be admitted. Sorry, that's the liquor control board talking. We love the youngsters!





Have we mentioned there will be prizes? There are so many prizes to be had! You’d be a fool not to shimmy, shake, twist, shout, twerk, werk, dress in an outlandish costume, explode, catch fire, or heave your way to the booty (the prize booty, not the other kind of booty).

Throughout the night, our celebrity judges will award prizes based on how well and how enthusiastically you throw yourself across the dance floor, the outlandishness of your costume, or based upon one thousand other completely arbitrary criteria.


"Strength in Numbers" Fundraising Prize will be awarded to the dance team that collects the highest donations total. Donations will be tallied at 10:45 pm.

"People's Choice" Award is an individual prize for the dancer whose style impresses others on the dance floor, awarded based on votes cast by secret ballot. Winning votes will be tallied at 10:30 pm.

"Dancing Machine Marathon" Prize is awarded to the team that accumulates the most style points per dancer throughout the night.

"Grand Marathon Highest Individual Fundraiser" Prize is awarded to the dancer who collects the highest donations total. Donations will be tallied at 10.45 pm.

If you are going for one of our marathon prizes, you must arrive and claim your dance marathon number by 5:59 pm. Eligibility begins at 6 pm. Eligible dancers must dance the entire night (Duh! It's a marathon, people!). Dancers will start the night with 30 minutes of break time to use at their discretion.


Prizes made possible by:  ACT Theatre, Alexis Hotel, Anthony's Restaurants, Bakery Nouveau, The Beehive Salon, Bluebird Ice Creamery, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Burke Museum, Cafe Presse, Caffe Vita, Cask & Trotter, Center for Wooden Boats, Central Co-op, Couth Buzzard, Edible Seattle, Garage Billiards, GeekGirlCon, Herkimer Coffee, Hotel Monaco, Inn at the WAC, Ladywell's Spa, Ken's Marke, Marilyn Nicolai, MOHAI, Mr. Gyros, Northwest Essay, Pantry @ Delancey, Paris Grocery, Porchlight Coffee, Ray's Boathouse Cafe, Richard Hugo House, Ryan Ward aka Henry, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Storm, Seattle Theater Group, Slam Camp, Sparkle Donkey Tequila, Taproot Theatre, Tarboo Farm, Tieton Cider Works, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Underground Seattle, University Book Store, Velocity Dance Center, Via Tribunali, Von Trapp's, Wolfgang Club/Seattle Symphony, Woodland Park Zoo, and Wall of Sound with MORE ADDED EVERY DAY. Stay tuned for prize updates for DYCO 2014!




Q: What if I can only dance for two hours? (I have a bad knee.) – Jack, Ballard

A: Well, once you stop dancing you won't be eligible for our Grand Marathon Prize. But smaller prizes are handed out to dancers throughout the night, so you can potentially win prizes during your two hours of dancing. Once that knee gives out, you can relax and watch from your seat.

Q: Do I need a costume? – Maddie, First Hill

A: No, but we predict you will get more attention from our judges (and thus you'll earn more prizes) if you wear something eye-catching.

Q: I have pledges from friends for money to support my team – what if I haven't collected it all before June 20? – Edie, Wallingford

A: Your team must turn in $50 per dancer when you arrive at DYCO to get your dance marathon numbers. You could write a check to cover your friends' pledges if you want to collect later. Don't forget: your donors can go online during the event, up until 10:45 pm, and continue donating to support your team!

Q: I'm here to win! How do I get the biggest prizes? – Rocky, Columbia City

A: We recommend the following strategies: 1. Win one of our Fundraising prizes by accumulating huge donations. 2. Pack the house with friends who will vote for you in the People's Choice Award (your friends can attend by paying a $10 cover). 3. Impress the judges with your style on the dance floor all night long to win one of our Grand Marathon prizes. 4. Start practicing your dance moves now in front of a large mirror.

Q: My grandmother is afraid of the internet. Is it OK if she writes a check instead of donating online? - Asha, Capitol Hill

A: We're happy to take that check as long as it is made out to 826 Seattle. Just bring it with you to the door so you'll be able to turn everything in when you arrive. And thanks (in advance), Grandma!

Q: Is it OK if I go to the bathroom during the event? – Wanda, Magnolia

A: No! Just kidding. Of course you can take breaks. Each dancer will start the night with 30 minutes worth of break time. This time can be used however you'd like - all at once, in small amounts, for breathers, power naps, chow, or drinks. The official Dance Your Cash Off Time Captain will sign you off and on the dance floor.

Q: When people donate, where does the money go? - Rana, Phinney Ridge

A: When you support a Dance Your Cash Off dancer, you are making a tax-deductible donation to 826 Seattle, the only program in Seattle created solely for and dedicated to improving the written communication skills of youth through a wide range of free writing and tutoring opportunities.

Q: I'd love to donate a gift certificate from my business as a prize for the awesome DYCO dancers! What do I do? - Elspeth, Belltown

A: Email us at and we'll take care of this. And thanks!

Q: How can I become a celebrity judge? - Mark, Wallingford

A: First, you need to become (somewhat) famous or (very) interesting. Then, we'll call you!