February 28, 2014

Emmanuel's Second Annual Dancing with the EC Stars

Five couples vied for the mirror ball trophy in last night's second annual Dancing with the EC Stars, with Garrett Charette '15 and Associate Director of Academic Advising Carolyn Caveny taking home the overall title as well as "Fan Favorite" for their hip-hop routine.

The event benefits Emmanuel's third annual Dance Marathon, a nationwide movement that raises money for hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network. Last year, Emmanuel College was able to donate nearly $41,000 to Boston Children's Hospital, more than doubling their original goal of $20,000. This year's goal is set at $42,000 and, as of last night, the organization is 80 percent of the way there, with three weeks of fundraising time left.

The "Fan Favorite" competition, which took place the week leading up to the event, took in $3,395, tripling last year's total.

After all dancers had performed, Danielle Angelo '15 and Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Scott Gagnon complemented their energetic tap routine with the "Best Dressed" award, while Kenny Truong '17 and Assistant Director of Student Activities Amma Marfo were rewarded for their sharp breakdancing with "Best Technique." Ashley Houston-King '15 and Assistant Director of Residence Life Mike Conte were named "Dynamic Duo" for their jazz routine, though the dance left Conte noting that he needed to work on his cardio. Alexandra Schroll '16 and Facilities Mechanic Carlos Barrera swing danced their way into "Best Choreography."

Several Emmanuel and Dancing with the EC Stars alumni returned to campus for the event, including Beatrice Antoine '13, who cohosted the show with Tyler Poquette '15, and last year's competitors Kyle Ford-Withrow '13, Zach Raffa '13, Arlene Quezada '13 and 2013 champion Amanda Sheehan '13.

Sheehan also served as one of three judges and presented Charette and Caveny their mirror ball with her former dance partner, Director of Campus Safety Jack Kelly. The other judges were Rosie Holmes, coordinator of Children's Miracle Network programs at Boston Children's Hospital and a previous advisor to Ohio State University's Dance Marathon and Cindy Chiu, a scientist at GlaxoSmithKline and the mother of six-year-old Katie, one of the Miracle Children that will be in attendance at this year's Dance Marathon.

Emmanuel College Dance Marathon will culminate in a 12-hour event on Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd. Donations to ECDM can be made here.