Superdance for Cystic Fibrosis
38th Annual Superdance - Mar. 2, 2013
"Step Right Up to the Cure"
Superdance 2013 is a Success!
Arlington Catholic Herald on Superdance preparations
What is Superdance?
Superdance is a twelve-hour dance marathon held annually at Bishop O’Connell High School to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). This will be the 38thannual event. The students of Bishop O'Connell have raised more than $3.5 million since the dance was founded in 1975. This event is the largest high school fundraiser for CFF. More than 95 percent of the student body participates in this event each year. The twelve hours is packed with live bands, DJs, games and much more.
Click HERE to take a trip down memory lane and see Superdance through the years (1976-today).
What is the Superdance Assembly?
Approximately one month before Superdance, the student body gather in the school auditorium for a three-hour assembly organized by the student council and members of the Superdance committees. The program includes a variety of guest speakers, videos, dancing, games and student presentations, all for the purpose of educating those assembled on the realities of Cystic Fibrosis and energizing the students as they prepare for the dance marathon. At the end of the assembly, this year’s theme for Superdance is revealed.
View some of the student-produced videos from last year's Superdance Assembly at www.youtube.com/oconnellhs, or by selecting a video below:
The Most Interesting Man @ Superdance
Interview with Mrs. Bridget O'Donnell Bean
Show Us Your Superdance!
Why is Superdance So Special?
What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. Find out more at www.cff.org.
History/Origin of Superdance
Since 1975, Bishop O'Connell students have been hosting a 12-hour dance marathon to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their quest to find a cure for this genetic disease. The first dance marathon was organized by Msgr. James McMurtrie—then principal of the school—and Maura O'Donnell, whose sister had succumbed to Cystic Fibrosis not long before. For more than 30 years, Superdance has become a uniting force at Bishop O'Connell. Maura O'Donnell, who helped start this tradition, went on to nursing school, but also died from CF a few years later. Representatives of the O'Donnell family, and other families stricken with this disease, come each year to the Superdance assembly to help educate and inspire the students.
Tom Glynn, Student Council Moderator
Cheri O'Reilly, Student Council Moderator
ARCHIVES - Superdance in the News
See photos and stories from Superdance 2011 in local media:
The Arlington Catholic Herald
The Arlington Connection (cover story!)
Special Edition of the Visor - March 2011
The school newspaper produced a special Superdance edition. READ IT HERE.
Superdance Assembly - Feb. 25, 2011
Read about the Feb. 25 Superdance Assembly and more in the Mar. 3 Arlington Catholic Herald.
Superdance Highlighted in Jan. 2011 Catholic Online Magazine
Kathryn Elliott, a 2008 graduate of Bishop O'Connell, contributed a touching article on the origins of our annual Superdance fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, and the legacy of the O'Donnell family, to the January 2011 issue of the Catholic devotional magazine, The Word Among Us. Read the article at http://wau.org/archives/article/dancing_for_dear_life/.
Superdance Planning Covered in December 2009 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald
Student correspondent, Erin McDonough, gives an inside look into the early planning stages for Superdance 2010. Read more in the December 24-31 Arlington Catholic Herald, or online HERE.