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The Tent is Back!

Dancers share their excitement as Block One begins

Sara Frank

March 5, 2022

After two years, Northwestern University Dance Marathon is back in-person – and dancers couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in the tent.

“All I’ve wanted to do is get this in-person experience,” shared Dayna Rapkin, a 90-hour club member. “I’m so excited to be here!”

To start off the 30-hours, NUDM co-chairs Dan Birmingham and Cady DeCamara took the stage. After 1,090 days without the tent (when Colton Underwood had just jumped the fence on his season of “The Bachelor” and hit-show “Euphoria” hadn’t premiered), the co-chairs welcomed old and new dancers. The two reiterated the impact of this year’s primary beneficiary, Chicago Youth Programs, and introduced the CYP liaison, Melody Brooks, for the first speech of the night.

Enthusiasm filled the room as emcees George Javitch and Shira Hirsch ran up the stage to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” before counting down to the official start time. Once the clock hit 7 p.m., cheers of excitement rang through the crowd. The anticipation from everyone – from first-timers to 120-hour club members – could be felt.

“Being back in person for an amazing cause – and more importantly, with an amazing community – means the world to me,” said Alec Abramson, a 90-hour club member.

“It’s so great to be in the tent for the first time since my freshman year,” shared Joni Rosenberg, Alumni Relations Co-Chair. “We’ve been waiting for this for the last two years, and it’s amazing to see our hard work pay off.”

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