What is DancEAthon?
Dance today for a better tomorrow.
The Episcopal Academy is hosting their second school-wide Dance Marathon to raise funds and awareness for
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia!
How do I get involved?
Be a dancer, be a supporter, donate!
There are three ways to be involved in the DancEAthon; register to be a 7 hour dancer, show your support and order a DancEAthon t-shirt or donate! We have a limited amount of dancers, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of the movement.
Scroll down to learn more.
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 second year, DancEAthon will benefit The Spina Bifida Research Program, a cause close to our students’ hearts.
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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 1:00PM on March 2nd. Though the focus will be on the younger children at the start, we hope to establish a community wide event lasting from 1:00PM to 8:00PM.
Registration as a supporter or a 7-hour dancer can be completed using the links above. If you are 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 16th.
What is the difference between a dancer and a supporter?
Dancers: I'll dance for 7 hours!
You’re a party animal and are in it for the long haul. You are pledging to be on your feet for the duration of the event. You get to be front and center with 120+ other dancers and everyone attending will know that you are dancing for the children at CHOP who can’t. Your minimum fundraising goal of $50 gets you a magical dancers t-shirt that will carry you through the night, access to the dancer's lounge where you can store your personal items, three free food tickets, and bragging rights for years to come. For every additional $50 you raise, you will receive an additional food ticket. (Max 10 tickets) There will be 120 + upper and middle school dancers at the event. The spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't miss your opportunity.
Supporters: I'll be there cheering!
You want to help fundraise for our cause but aren’t quite ready to put on your dancing shoes. You are excited to cheer on your dancers as they go the distance and are part of the biggest thunderdome 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 the day of the event 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.
I'm a Parent - I want to help!
If you are interested in helping chaperone the event, or want to supply food/snacks, please visit the following link to sign up:
Spina Bifida - Our beneficiary for DancEAthon 2018
This year, our group chose to focus on Spina Bifida to raise both awareness and research funds for Upper School English teacher Mr. Herman’s son, Finn. Finn was treated at CHOP after they found out about his birth defect. 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.
Spina Bifida is a birth defect in which an area of the spinal column doesn’t form properly, leaving a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed through an opening in the back. Spina bifida occurs in 1 per 2,000 live births in the United States and is the most common central nervous system birth defect. Around 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida in the U.S. each year. The most common and serious form of spina bifida is called myelomeningocele (my•e•lo•me•nin•go•cele) (MMC), in which part of the spinal cord and surrounding nerves push through the open bones (vertebrae) in the spine and protrude from the fetus’ back. Usually, the exposed spinal cord and nerves are contained in a sac that is exposed to amniotic fluid. Continuous bathing of the fragile developing spinal cord in amniotic fluid over the course of gestation is thought to result in progressive neurologic injury. Until recently, spina bifida treatment was relegated to post-birth surgery after damage from continuous exposure to amniotic fluid was already made.
Why do we dance? donate? deliver hope?
My name is Tony Herman - As an Upper School English teacher, my passions are good books and even better discussion. But my son, Finn, has my heart.
On July 24th, 2016, Finn Samuel Herman was born…again.
Finn was diagnosed in utero with the most severe form of spina bifida, myelomeningocele. Spina bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. Complications, without any intervention, include permanent weakness or paralysis in the legs, hydrocephalus, loss of bowel and bladder control, orthopedic malformations, learning disabilities, urinary tract infections, latex allergies, and even death. Hearing this news at 20 weeks pregnant with our only child, we were shattered. We were quickly referred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the amazing team at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. There, they began to pick up the pieces. Weighing no more than a pound, Finn had fetal surgery to repair the opening in his spine at 23 weeks gestation.
Finn was born 6 weeks early at CHOP’s Special Delivery Unit, weighing just over 4 pounds. He spent the first month of his life in the NICU, remembering to breathe on his own, learning to nurse and gaining weight.
For the next several months, there were countless doctor’s appointments, feeding tubes, MRIs, bladder scans, apnea monitor alarms, obsessive hand-washing, sleepless nights and endless hours of physical therapy…but Finn was a fighter.
And eventually, the monitors and tubes were gone. The doctor’s appointments slowed. And Finn began to exceed our every expectation. Finn wiggled his toes. He listened intently as we read to him. He sweetly cooed in response to us. He rolled over with such purpose. He grasped a toy tightly in each hand. He squealed with delight at Daddy’s antics. He sat up straight without any support. He wildly ate anything we put in front of him. He scooted, pushed himself backwards and eventually crawled into every corner of the house. He cuddled with Mommy, for hours. He excitedly clapped his hands and waved at every stranger on the street. He mimicked every animal sound, memorized the pages of every book in his library, and danced to every song with reckless abandon. He pulled himself up to standing with strong, capable legs. And, now, he cruises around the coffee table with a proud grin and pushes his Radio Flyer around the block. He never ceases to amaze us.
Finn’s life will never be simple or easy. He still faces many challenges. He does not have full feeling in his legs or the bottoms of his feet; walking will always be a challenge and he may require bracing or eventually a wheelchair. He will continue to have frequent MRIs to make sure he has not developed a tethered cord or cysts on his spine, both of which would require surgery. His bladder capacity has been affected and he will need medication and daily catheterization soon. It is also likely that he will have to catheterize himself throughout the day for the rest of his life to stay continent. Most recently, Finn has been having seizures due to the structural differences in his brain.
But these challenges, these valleys, will never define him. And we will continue to celebrate every victory, every mountain top. And count them all as blessings. Finn is a constant reminder of God’s love, faithfulness and mercy. God heard our prayers. And His answer was you, our sweet, brave, Fearless Finn.
General Schedule of Events
The event planned will take place in the competition gym beginning at 1:00PM on March 2nd. Though the focus will be on the younger children at the start, we hope to establish a community wide event lasting from 1:00PM to 8:00PM. There will be student performances, games and the much anticipated varsity sports team dance competition. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeeds go to CHOP.
The lower school students will be dismissed from class to kick off the event with some engaging line dances
Middle and Upper school will be dismissed from class to join in on the fun with additional special guests arriving shortly after
Middle school class wars and dance-off.
Zumba, side games, student performances and free dance
Rave, zumba and free dance.
Student performances and free dance. Minute to win it! Upper school class wars. Klein vs. Klein Pie in the face competition.
Varsity sports dance competition
Final reveal and closing remarks
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Thank you to all of our sponsors.
- 13th Street Cocktail Catering
- D.J. Howard
- Nolan Painting
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- Rampmaster Refueling
- ReelFire Media
- Yohannan Capital
- Fresco Pizza & Grill
- Luigi & Giovanni's
- Cozen O'Connor
- Wayne Art Supply
- 1315 Capital
- Premier Orthopedic
- A Modo Mio
- The Greeks
- More sponsors to come...