SpartanTHON fundraiser Dancing with the CWRU Stars is back

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

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While Dancing with the Stars may be in its 17th season on ABC, featuring the likes of Bill Nye, Corbin Bleu and Snooki, the faculty and staff of Case Western Reserve University, not to be outdone by these B-list celebrities, are putting their feet to even better use this fall.

On Saturday, Nov. 2nd, SpartanTHON will be hosting Dancing with the CWRU Stars in Adelbert Gym from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is put on to raise money to support local children with cancer and their families through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which directly benefits Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Dancing with the CWRU Stars will feature members of the CWRU community paired up with professional dance instructors from the Cleveland area. Various styles of dance will be shown in the event, and while some faculty and staff may be already very talented at dancing, most of them enter the competition with no previous dance experience and only a tough few weeks of practice. Emceeing this event will be the new vice president of student affairs, Lou Stark. Nancy Dilulio, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, has been confirmed to be participating in the event, with more participants to be revealed as the event approaches.

In addition to the CWRU stars, several performance groups will also be appearing at the event, including Urban Elementz, Ballroom Dance Society and the Spartan Dance Team. Previous Dancing with the CWRU Stars have seen a large crowd of attendees.

“Last time, around 300 people showed up,” said Allen Vanmeter, SpartanTHON’s captain of Dancing with the CWRU Stars. “We’re looking to push that again.”

SpartanTHON, who will also be running SpartanTHON (formerly Dance Marathon) on Feb. 15 this spring semester, has collectively raised $28,000 in the few years since its inception at CWRU. This year alone, the group has raised $2,000 so far.