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Dancing for a Cause

By Emily Hershgordon

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Dancing with the Cards, the Student Government Association event modeled after the hit television show Dancing with the Stars, is back again this year on the UDHS stage this March!

The show, which is planned by members of the SGA Steering Committee, is being led by juniors Annie Stohler (School Improvements Chairperson) and Jessica Anninos (Activities Chairperson).

Annie expressed her enthusiasm for this year’s production, which will be held on March 20th at 7pm in the UDHS Performing Arts Center. “I think both Jess and I are super excited to be going through this process. We know it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but with the help of Gadi Zimmerman, [this year’s Student Government President], who ran the project last year, and Mr. Smith and Mrs. Hopkins, who are overseeing everything, we know that everything with go very smoothly.”

The event is a true Cardinal collaboration, including partnerships with generous local businesses. Last year, Tony Laguda Formal Wear suited the men, while most of the women donned dresses from Arielle’s Bridal Shop; Ambler Flower Shop provided flowers for all of the dancers and student choreographers. All three of these businesses are graciously donating again this year.

At last year’s event, which was the first of its kind at Upper Dublin, participants performed in front of an audience of over 400 people. Despite this daunting aspect, many members of the UDHS community have decided to get involved this year, whether dancing in the competition, choreographing dances, or overseeing rehearsals. You may even recognize some familiar faces from last year’s lineup!

The 2015 performers, and their dance selections, are as follows: Zach Hanson and Alexa Hoffman (Waltz), Peter O’Gara and Sera Anello (Quickstep), Eddie Weiss and Jillian Kenny (Waltz), Bart Scherpbier and Carly Bernstein (Tango), Charlie Van Orden and Emma Barsky (Tap), Ryan O’Gara and Mollie Senior (Cha Cha), David Miron and Libby Takimoto (Jitterbug), Connor Wall and Cole Swiger (Cha Cha), Christian Huckfeldt and Brett Spike (Tango), Mr. Tralie and Mrs. Kowalski (Quickstep), Mr. Rawlings and Mrs. Kelly (Jitterbug), Mr. Ortiz and Mrs. Sachson (Tango), and Mr. Garner and Mrs. Mass (Jitterbug).

The First Annual Dancing with the Cards event donated all of the proceeds to Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA). The organization raises money for children affected by an early brain injury that can result in loss of vision, epilepsy, and paralysis, among other effects. Thanks to those who attended, SGA was able to donate over $1,200 to CHASA upon the conclusion of the event.

This year’s proceeds go to an equally worthy cause, the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The foundation is committed to helping treat children who have neurofibromatosis (NF), which causes the growth of tumors on nerves and can lead to several debilitating conditions, like deafness and cancer. As Annie shared, upon outlining her responsibilities, “It’s all for charity so it makes things much more worthwhile.”

Jessica and Annie have many goals for the event this year, including raising more money and increasing attendance. Jessica shared, “I hope that this year’s Dancing with the Cards becomes even more successful than last year in that more of the student body will come and support the event. The contestants and choreographers put in so much time, and it would be fantastic to see the school and community come and watch.”

Come out and support your fellow Cards and this wonderful organization on March 20th! Look out for information on ticket sales as the event approaches. This is surely one show you do not want to miss!

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