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Baltimore Boogie

Baltimore Boogie 2017
Dancers at our inaugural Baltimore Boogie dance marathon event on November 11, 2017.

Baltimore Boogie, the dance marathon at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, provides a unique opportunity to raise funds and awareness for sick and injured children in your local community while having fun. Members of our Teen and Children's Council plan and host the event, typically held in the fall.

What is Baltimore Boogie?

Baltimore Boogie is a yearlong fundraising effort involving community events that culminates in a six-hour dance marathon where participants stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment at the hospital to celebrate the amount raised that year. No dancing skills are required, but you have the opportunity to learn a custom line dance, unique to each year’s event, alongside the patients and families you are supporting. Everything we do is for the kids!

Will there be an event in 2021?

Yes, but not the in-person Baltimore Boogie we all know and love. We are once again combining our efforts with Team Hopkins Kids for the second annual virtual campaign — KIDS CAN’T WAIT: 30 Day Miracle Movement for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. This 30-day challenge will begin on Oct. 8 and conclude on Nov. 6 with our virtual Baltimore Boogie. Register as a Miracle Mover!

The Impact

In its inaugural event in 2017, Baltimore Boogie surpassed its $5,000 goal and raised over $19,000. In its second year, Baltimore Boogie raised over $42,000. In its third year, Baltimore Boogie raised over $45,000, bringing the total raised through Baltimore Boogie to over $106,000. Our dancers’ fundraising efforts have a major impact on a variety of patient initiatives, including:

  • The Healing Arts program, which bridges the connection between medicine and the healing power of art. Healing Arts specialists now have more time to work with patients to meet the social and emotional challenges of illness through a focus on expression, play and imagination
  • The Beads of Courage program, which provides innovative arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the clinicians who care for them. The chronic care program is now funded for the next two years with a supplementary palliative and bereavement care program
  • The Patient and Family-Centered Care gift fund, allowing us to provide holiday and monthly community-style meals for inpatient families

Questions? Contact Jennie Phelps, assistant director of development, at

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