FringeA-Thon 2018
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FringeA-Thon 2018

Presented by Penn Medicine


Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123 United States
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Saturday, June 16th 2018
12 noon–12 midnight

A day of dance for the city of Philadelphia!

Dance your “art” out at FringeA-thon,  epic outdoor, 12-hour dance party and fundraiser for FringeArts and the Philadelphia arts scene.

FringeA-Thon Fundraiser Toolkit: How to start your team and be an effective fundraiser!

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Be a hero to artists all over the city –
raise money while having a blast!

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Come for as little or as long as you like – no fundraising required.

FringeA-Thon isn’t just a fundraiser.  It’s an enormous party that celebrates the power of dance to unite people of all ages and backgrounds.  With Philly-favorite DJs spinning all day, an outrageous “dance mom” host, pop-up performances, dance demos, dance battles, games, giveaways, and many more surprises, FringeA-Thon is a day you’ll never forget.

What’s On at FringeA-Thon 2018

We’re kicking off FringeA-Thon with a bang! Warm up with hosts John Jarboe and Virgil Gadson of So You Think You Can Dance and Broadway’s After Midnight. Preview the 2018 FringeA-Thon dance and start learning the moves. Hang out with the Phillie Phanatic, and get moving with a Zumba lesson by Nicole Metas!

Watch and learn from BalletX performers, and then join us for a hot Bollywood class with Philly Dance Fitness!

From 2-4PM, stay tuned for the Kid Dance Battles! With three rounds and an open dance floor, we’re excited to see what moves your kids will bring to FringeA-Thon! The battle kicks off with a performance by Dance Battle Master Steve Believe‘s kid dancers, Hip Hop Fundamentals, and we’ll also get to see a performance by middle school ballroom dancers of Dancing with the Students.

Sun’s out, hoops out! Philadelphia Spin Coalition breaks out the hula hoops, and you can show off your hip-shaking (hip-balancing?) skills! Then, jump into a Caribbean Hip Hop Lesson with Mel Cotton and feel those summer vibes!

Play Twister with John Jarboe and learn how to partner dance with Deborah Hirsch and Philly Dance Fitness. Make sure you’re keeping up with Virgil Gadson’s “Move of the Hour”, so you can learn the FringeA-Thon dance by the end of the day!

It’s always Happy Hour somewhere, and at FringeA-Thon, we’ll be jamming out to live music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra, a unique ensemble rooted in Eastern European folk music traditions and performed with Philadelphia voices nourished by our jazz heritage, tinged with punk rock, soul, and cheesesteaks. 

Six hours in and feeling great! FringeA-Thon keeps you energized with performances by Philly Phresh, a hip hop crew aged 7-17, and Old City Sweethearts, dancing to vintage jazz music performed live!

Let loose your inner diva! The Roxborough YMCA Senior Sixers will bring their upbeat routines fresh from the basketball court and get you fired up to take the stage with your own FringeA-Thon team for the Diva Dance Battle!

Big hair, don’t care! By hour 8, get ready to slow dance, moonwalk, cabbage patch, and wop with your loved ones, and stay to find out who get crowned Prom King and Queen

The sun is down, but the party is still hype! Dance the night away to beats by Cosmo Baker, and enjoy performances by Virgil Gadson and G. Brunot, street hip hop crew Gungle Brothers, and voguers Xcel Dance Crew!

It’s the final countdown! Join us for the last few moments of fabulousness, and revel in the memories of a day spent learning, exploring, fundraising, playing, moving, and of course, dancing!

Throughout the day, stay tuned for demos by Virgil Gadson on the FringeA-Thon dance, so you can join the group at the end of the evening as we all dance together! John Jarboe will again have all the most exciting and outrageous costumes from a full size Twister game board to 12-foot tall dancing glitter curtain to a decorate-your-own-cupcake prom dress! There will be music throughout the day from Emcee Elroy and Cosmo Baker, and plenty more games, prizes, raffles, and food in The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons!

Express your inner dancer.

There’s no wrong way to move at FringeA-Thon.
From Bollywood to freestyle to standing back and watching the magic happen, there’s a million ways to support the arts at FringeA-Thon.

Bond with friends, family, or coworkers.

You’re not in it alone! Start a team with your posse and build memories that will last forever on the FringeA-Thon dance floor. Plus, FringeA-Thon is a multigenerational event – in 2017, the team that raised the most money by FringeArts was led by a 14 year old!

Reach fitness milestones.

Dance builds good cardiovascular health,
strengthens muscles, and improves flexibility, balance, and stamina.  Just spending the day at FringeA-Thon means that you could walk (or dance) up to 29,000 steps – the equivalent of 13 miles!

Be a champion for FringeArts.

FringeArts gives a platform to thousands of artists every year – and you can make that continued work possible.

What is FringeArts?

FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation.  Our programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theater, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide.

Each September, the organization presents the annual Fringe Festival, a 17-day celebration that fills the city’s neighborhoods with more that 1,000 curated and independently produced performances.  Year-round, FringeArts presents an equally compelling line up of performances at its historic home on the Delaware River Waterfront – a renovated fire department pumping station that also houses La Peg Restaurant & Bar and Haas Biergarten.

As a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together, FringeArts is central to the city’s vibrant arts community and the enrichment of the lives of those who live, work, and play here.

How does it work?

Easy!  Register by tapping the “Dance Your Art Out” button below to set up a personal fundraising page using the easy-to-follow prompts.  Then use our system to request small donations from your friends and family to keep the arts in Philadelphia vibrant.  On June 16th, you’ll come together with other people passionate about the arts to spotlight, celebrate and support the importance of FringeArts in the city of Philadelphia.  Dance for 12 hours, or dance for 2 hours.  There are no limits on how much or how little you dance, as long as you’re having fun.

What if I don’t like to dance?

No problem!  No one is going to make you, and there’s still plenty to get up to at FringeA-Thon.  There will be games, prizes, food, and lots of spectacular performances to watch.  And by the end, you might find your toe tapping after all.

Where does the money go?

FringeA-Thon facilitates grassroots support for FringeArts, as well as artists who are dancing to support their own work.  All money raised at FringeA-Thon goes directly to support art-making, from building sets to paying the artists that designed them.

Why is it important?

World-class cities need world-class culture.  As the producer of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, FringeArts impacts more artists in Philadelphia than any other organization – thousands every year.  Dancing at FringeA-Thon directly supports the contemporary art and artists that make Philadelphia great, and will help fill our community with daring artistic performances, international legends, and local pioneers.

How do I participate?  
It’s simple.  Just hit one of the buttons below and follow the guiding prompts!

What if I am an artist or nonprofit organization looking for fundraise my work as well?
FringeA-Thon supports all art-makers. Contact to learn more about creating a team and fundraising for your cause. All beneficiary partners must be in touch with FringeArts before setting up their fundraiser.

Fundraising Resources

FringeA-Thon Fundraiser Toolkit: How to start your team and be an effective fundraiser!

Create or Join a Fundraising Team

Fundraising for a project or festival show?

Reach out to Zach Blackwood ( or Kate Kosarek ( to get your page set up and then check out these documents for a step-by-step guide to leverage and customize your fundraising platform!

Festival Artist Partner Toolkit   Community Partner Toolkit

Tickets to attend FringeA-Thon without fundraising are now available!

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FringeArts thanks the 2018 FringeA-Thon sponsors!


Opening Act

Water Station Sponsor


Closing Act



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