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A 12-hour dance-party marathon to support FringeArts and Philadelphia’s arts & culture sector!

May 20, 2017

Sat, May 20, 2017
12 noon–12 midnight
Blue Cross RiverRink
101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Join/create a team to raise money (don’t worry—we’re here to help with plenty of resources).
Donate to a dancer/team (every dollar goes a long way!)

Or, just buy a $35 “Party Crasher” ticket, which gets you full 12-hour access to the dance party of the year with no strings attached.

Get “Party Crasher” Tickets

Already got your tickets? Prepare for the day with the FringeA-Thon Survival Guide.


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Express your inner dancer.
Bond with friends, family, co-workers.
Reach fitness milestones.
Be a champion for FringeArts.

FringeA-Thon is an epic outdoor, 12-hour dance-party-marathon and fundraiser for FringeArts and Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.

Raise money for live arts, then dance your “art” out at FringeA-thon, which includes an exciting line-up of DJs, themed dance hours, pop-up dance performances, dance competitions, and a coordinated dance finale by all participants!

FringeA-Thon also offers the opportunity for arts organizations, individual artists, and non-profits to raise money for their cause.  Interested in becoming a beneficiary partner of FringeA-Thon?  Click here for more info.


Featuring …

John Jarboe, artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, host and curator of Get Pegged Cabaret, and general spectacle-maker will be the MC for the evening, coaching dancers through the entire 12 hours.

DJs for the evening include:

  • DJ Cosmo Baker, a Philadelphia native and one of New York’s most exciting party-rocking DJs. He is a master of hip-hop, disco & funk, and electronic dance music, which he mixes and matches in his unique style.
  • DJ lil’dave, a Philadelphia-based audio tastemaker with a propensity for funky grooves, broken boogie, and thumping bass.
  • DJ Dame Luz, the Philadelphia-based DJ, remixer, producer, and promoter behind the legendary Holy Trinity parties and CutNPaste parties.
  • DJ Rahsaan, a global-minded DJ and selector specializing in Boogaloo, Cuban rumba, Salsa Dura, Latin Disco, and more. Presented by WXPN / Latin Roots Live.
  • DJ Royale, the VH1 “Master of the Mix” who has brought his Philly roots and timeless and technical sound to perform for millions on TV and alongside legends like Jazzy Jeff, Lil Jon, The Black Eyed Peas, and Kool & The Gang.
  • DJ Lee Jones, is a veteran DJ and powerhouse behind the outdoor dance party favorite, Sundae Philadelphia.  With a long list of top artists and DJ appearances, Sundae has become one of the premiere dance events in the city.

As the DJs whip the crowd into a sonic frenzy, Philadelphia’s best professional dancers will filter through the crowd, teaching some new moves, demonstrating steps, and participating in pop-up performances. Confirmed dancers joining FringeA-Thon include:

  • Kemar Jewel and the Xcel Dance Crew, an exciting vogue crew who incorporate dance and theater to make magic.
  • Melanie Cotton, a local choreographer and dancer who will be leading the communal group dance finale.
  • Steve Lunger (Steve Believe), a seasoned dance-battle master who will be coordinating friendly dance battles between competing teams.
  • Powerhouse Blues, a community-based dance group that brings the blues to life
  • Jazz Attack, an energetic and local dance troupe that teaches and practices swing and social dance moves
  • Philly Dance Fitness, who will help reach fitness goals through fun and exciting dance moves
  • Gungle Brothers
  • Philadelphia Spin Coalition will keep you spinning with acrobatic hula hoopers
  • Penn Jersey Roller Derby

How does it work?

It’s simple! Participants request small donations from friends and family using a personal fundraising page. Then, on May 20, they come together to spotlight, celebrate and support the importance of the arts in the city of Philadelphia. Dance for 2 hours, dance for 12 hours. There are no limits on how long participants dance, just as long as they are having fun!

Where does the money go?

FringeA-Thon facilitates grassroots support for FringeArts as well as the arts community at large. FringeA-Thon’s mission is to showcase and support the broad artistic landscape and the impact it has on Philadelphia. FringeA-Thon serves as a unique outlet for dance teams and individual dancers to express themselves, bond as a unit, reach a fitness milestone, build awareness, and champion Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.

Why is it important?

FringeA-Thon mobilizes the arts community of Philadelphia to sustain its vibrant arts scene. 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 a world-class city, and will help fill our community with daring artistic performances, international legends, and local pioneers.


Join/create a team to raise money (don’t worry—we’re here to help with plenty of resources).
Donate to a dancer/team (every dollar goes a long way!)

Or, just buy a $35 “Party Crasher” ticket, which gets you full 12-hour access to the dance party of the year with no strings attached.

Get “Party Crasher” Tickets


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