5 Dance Marathon Moments that Captured Our Hearts

Written by Jaime Notzen

Throughout the third annual St. Norbert College Dance Marathon, we danced, and we cried, and we laughed, and had a really, really, really good time. 

On Saturday, October 24th, over 200 dancers stood for 13.1 hours straight For The Kids. No sitting, no kneeling, no caffeine; only dancing, reflecting, and celebrating. Participants raised thousands of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Dance Marathon prepared year-round to make those meaningful 13.1 hours a reality. But before they jump back into planning mode for next year, we want to make sure the organization and the community can reflect on the impact of this incredible event. Here are 5 Dance Marathon moments that captured our hearts. 

1.) Performing the Morale Dance. 

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Early on Saturday morning, participants learned  choreography for the Morale Dance, which was performed on the hour throughout the entirety of Dance Marathon. It symbolized every dancer coming together to make a difference.

“The Morale Dance had so much energy. My favorite part is  always the cheer at the end. The entire event was so successful, and as a participant, I am extremely proud of everyone on the team that worked so hard to make this even as amazing as it was. Props to them!” -Corie Stingl (’16)

2.) Spending time with miracle families & hearing their stories.

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Dance Marathon contacted miracle families in the Green Bay community to invite them to Saturday’s event. They were brave enough to rediscover and share their most vulnerable moments with us.

“I have been a dancer in all three of SNC’s Dance Marathons, and the impact we can make as college students never ceases to amaze me. Every year, the joy and hope expressed by the miracle families makes every hour on our feet worth it. These families are grateful just to be healthy and together, and I think that is something truly powerful to experience.” -Shelby VanRossum (’17)

“Hearing the family’s stories literally put tears to my eyes and made me realize why we were all there. This is an example of communio. No matter how painful it felt, we all just kept fighting through. Why did we do it? FOR THE KIDS of course!” -Missy Mas (’17)

3.) Our guests running through a tunnel of celebration!

SNC’s very own Joey Rubin (’16) runs through the tunnel of celebration.

Dancers joined hands to make a tunnel for our miracle families to run through. Members of Dance Marathon wanted the miracle families to know that they are loved and supported.

We cheered for SNC student and miracle Renae Metke (’18), who shared her story with us.

“Overall, Dance Marathon is an amazing thing. It gives me hope. Hope that one day, every kid that needs to go to Children’s can leave alive and healthy. Running through the tunnel I felt unstoppable; I felt that I could take on my disease, because I have all these amazing people cheering me on and supporting me.”

4.) FIFTEEN dancers shaving their heads & donating ponytails for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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“Watching people donate their hair and shave their heads is such a prominent example of the movement Dance Marathon makes. Having no hair is such a minuscule problem in comparison to what the children in the Children’s Miracle Network deal with. I’ve donated my hair twice, and plan to donate again as soon as it hits the minimum length requirement. Nothing gives me more pleasure knowing that someone is receiving joy because of my donation.” -Brenna Rathsack (’16)

5.) The Big Reveal. 

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Total fundraising efforts were kept a secret until the end of the 13.1 hours. But at 10:06 p.m., the grand total of $40,480.03 for Children’s Miracle Network was revealed.

“Asking me to describe this moment is like asking me to describe something I didn’t see. It honestly still feels like a dream. Our team, my team, has put an entire year, endless amounts of hours, energy, and time, into not just this event, but into this cause. It was an out-of-body experience when that number was revealed. I was overtaken by emotion; happiness, relief, joy, shock and pride. It literally brought me to my knees. I was (and will always be) so proud of our team, of this school, and of all of those who have supported not only this organization, but this cause. $40,480.03. What does that mean? That means $40,480.03 to continue giving kids chances, to continue giving them hope, giving their families hope, that they can keep fighting, that they can keep going, no matter what happens. I am still trying to wrap my head around that number and comprehend that we did it, we do it, for the kids.” -Lydia Dorn (’17), Co-President of Dance Marathon

In the past three years combined, Dance Marathon has raised over $96,497 for the kids. If you’d like to learn more about the organization, visit their website. Contact information for St. Norbert’s chapter of Dance Marathon can also be found by clicking here.

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