Dancing for the Kids is the Emerging Leaders Board at Akron Children’s Hospital’s signature event. The first event was held in 2012. Dancing for the Kids features ten local “celebrities” who put on their dancing shoes to help raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
The concept is similar to the Dancing with the Stars television show. The event partners with The University of Akron’s dance program to match each participant with a dance student from the university. Together the dancers and their partners come up with the music and a routine. The performance is held at the Akron Civic Theatre each fall where more than 700 people enjoy an evening hosted by Keith Kennedy from WKDD’s 98.1 morning show.