Dance Big Red 2023 supporting Norton Children's Hospital Foundation
Norton Children's Hospital Foundation

About Dance Big Red 2023


The Ninth Annual Dance Big Red student-led dance fundraising event at Western Kentucky University will be held March 24, 2023. This past April, over 700 students participated in our event raising over $85,000. We look forward to increasing attendees for the event in 2023 and surpassing our fundraising goal to support the children at Norton Children's Hospital!

Since it began, Dance Big Red has raised nearly $500,000 for pediatric cardiovascular services and adolescent cancer care at Norton Children’s Hospital. A total of four high schools pulled together to host Warren County Public Schools Dance Little Red contributing to the overall success and growth of Dance Big Red. Join our efforts by participating as a dancer, making a donation, and/or becoming an event sponsor today!​  

Important Details

The overall goal for Dance Big Red 2023 is to raise $85,000 and recruit 1000 dancers. All Western Kentucky University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate as a DANCER. 

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

Time:  6 p.m. to midnight CDT (subject to change)

Location:  WKU's Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center

Registration Fee: $25 per person, tax included  (WKU ID required to participate as a dancer) 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 2023 - we will host Dance Little Red & Community Hour from 7-8 p.m. CDT along with WKU Athletes Hour, we welcome our special guests to watch and cheer on the dancers. This portion will be no cost to attend, but we will invite all attendees to make a donation at the gate.


Starts at:  April 20, 2022 6:00 PM
Ends at:  April 2, 2023 12:00 AM


Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Boulevard
Bowling Green,KY 42101 USA


Dana Matukas

Bad Dancing Saves Lives

Norton Children's Hospital cares for children from birth to adulthood with over 180,000 cared for in 2021 from across the state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Children require smaller equipment, different medications and sometimes, different doctors. Norton Children's Hospital clinical staff is trained to provide the special kind of care children need and deserve.

Norton Children's Hospital is not-for-profit and relies on the generosity of the community to support programs, hospital improvements, education and advocacy through the Children's Hospital Foundation. Norton Children's Hospital cares for children regardless of their families' ability to pay. As the number of children needing help at Norton Children's Hospital continues to increase, so does the need to stay up-to-date on medical advances and technologies.

The Ninth Annual Dance Big Red will support pediatric heart and cancer at Norton Children's Hospital.

One Generation Fighting for the Next

“The success of the event is a testament to the strength of leadership and compassion found at WKU.” said Dana Matukas, Communications Project Manager, Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and Norton Children’s Hospital.  “Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation was contacted by a WKU sophomore, Kelli Robinson in early 2014 with the idea to create a dance event to support Norton Children’s Hospital.  One student’s dream has now grown into an annual event that continues to grow with student participation and pledges impacting children from across the state that need specialized treatment.  Since the inaugural event eight years ago, the event has raised nearly $500,000 for Norton Children’s Hospital.”

Western Kentucky University President Timothy C. Caboni said, “It’s terrific to see so many WKU students getting involved with Dance Big Red, giving of their time to help children. I’m proud of our Hilltoppers for understanding the significance we each play in our communities and how our efforts can change the world around us.”

Thanks to our generous sponsors