What is DancEAthon?
Dance today for a better tomorrow.
The Episcopal Academy is hosting their first school-wide Dance Marathon raising funds and awareness for
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia!
How do I get involved?
Be a dancer, be a participant, donate!
There are three ways to be involved in the DancEAthon, register to be an 8 hour dancer, show your support and order a DancEAthon t-shirt and cheer on our dancers as a participant or donate! We have a limited amount of dancers so don’t miss your chance to be a part of the movement.
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Why do we dance? donate? deliver hope?
DancEAthon is a student-run event dedicated to engaging the Episcopal Academy Community to support research and patient care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For its inaugural year, DancEAthon will benefit the Friedreich’s Ataxia Program, a cause close to our students’ hearts.
How can I get involved? Tell me more...
The dance marathon will include lower, middle, and upper school students. There will be opportunities for open-mic, dance competitions between the varsity sports teams, and many other activities. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase with all proceeds going directly to CHOP. The event planned will take place in the competition gym beginning at 2:00PM on March 3rd. Though the focus will be on the younger children at the start, we hope to establish a community wide event lasting from 2:00PM to 10:00PM. Families are encouraged to return/stay with their children for as long as desired.
Registration as a participant or an eight-hour dancer can be completed using the links above. If you not dancing and plan on participating you will need a dancEAthon t-shirt to partake in the dancEAthon dress down day. The deadline to order is Feburary 9th. Order my t-shirt!
What is the difference between a dancer and a participant?
Dancer - I'll dance for 8 hours!
You’re a party animal and are in it for the long hall. You are pledging to be on your feet for the duration of the event. You get to be front and center with 180 other dancers and everyone attending will know that you are dancing for the children at CHOP who can’t. Your minimum fundraising goal of $25 gets you a magical dancers t-shirt that will carry you through the night, a special dancer’s break room stocked with food and water, and bragging rights for years to come. There will be 120 upper school dancers at the event and 60 middle school dancers. The spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, don't miss your opportunity. Sign Me Up!
Participant - I'll be there cheering!
You have cold feet this year, but are excited to cheer on your dancers as they go the distance. You are part of the biggest thunder dome to date. You can’t commit to the whole event but plan to be there to cheer on the dancers, the open mic performances, and the much anticipated sports team dance competition. You can pre-order an EA DancEAthon t-shirt to show your support and can pledge as much or as little as you want to help the cause. The sky is the limit for you and hopefully you’ll be ready to put on your dancing shoes next year. Buy my t-shirt today!
I'm a Parent - I want to help!
If you are interested in helping chaperone the event, or supply food/snacks, please visit the following link to sign up: EAPA Sign Up
Fredreich’s Ataxia - Our beneficiary for DancEAthon 2017
Our group chose to focus on FA to raise both awareness and research funds for one of our own students, Grace Haupt. Grace is treated at CHOP in the Friedreich’s Ataxia Program that was founded in March of 2014. Our goal is to establish a lasting tradition within our community and to assist in the continued research into children's health and recovery in partnership with CHOP.
Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is the most common of the Hereditary Ataxias, affecting 1 out of every 50,000 people worldwide. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of every 100 Americans is a carrier. FA is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder caused by a mutation in the frataxin protein, which regulates the amount of iron in the mitochondria. While the sequence and severity of the symptoms varies, the first noticeable symptom tends to be loss of balance and coordination. FA targets the nervous system causing sensory information intake from the peripheral nervous system and the spinal cord to be impaired. The cerebellum is also affected, causing a disruption in the motor signals sent throughout the body. These symptoms combined lead to a progressive loss of balance, coordination and muscle strength; however, intellect remains unaffected. Most patients end up in a wheelchair within 5 to 15 years of diagnosis depending on the severity of their disorder. In severe cases, a bright mind may become stuck in a rapidly degenerating body.
General Schedule of Events
The event planned will take place in the competition gym beginning at 2:00PM on March 3rd. Though the focus will be on the younger children at the start, we hope to establish a community wide event lasting from 2:00PM to 10:00PM. Families are encouraged to return/stay with their children for as long as desired.
The students will be dismissed from class to kick off the event with an opening prayer by Father Tim
The first morale dance will be taught, accompanied by testimonials
Student and faculty performances
Zumba and side games
Upper School student performances
Varsity Sports Team Dance Competition
Flash Mob (faculty band) performance and closing ceremony
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Thank you to all of our sponsors.
- Chicago Uno
- DeeJay Howard
- Five Guys
- Nolan's Painting
- Party Shop of Berwyn
- ReelFire Films
- Rockwell Group
- Vision Technical Group
- Eastern Controls
- More sponsors to come...