The #ShakeEbolaOff Dance Challenge campaign is bringing awareness to Ebola and raising funds for medical treatment organizations that need funds and support to win the good fight.

#ShakeEbolaOff is challenging celebrities, athletes and everyone else for that matter, to showcase their best dance moves to help Emergency USA, an organization battling and treating the disease in Sierra Leone. Upon completion of the dance, the challenged can then become the challenger and call upon others to join in on the campaign, much like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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In a moment that almost feels too good to be true, Kevin Bacon put on his dancing shoes and accepted the #ShakeEbolaOff Dance Challenge a la Footloose. Bacon taps his feet and proves he’s still got the moves. He references the iconic scene from the 1984 film when his character, Ren, taught Chris Penn’s Willard how to dance as “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” played in the background. If that alone wasn’t making some fans faint, Mr. Bacon then challenged Sam Underwood, his co-star on Fox’s crime drama, “The Following.” Mr. Underwood answered the challenge with jaw-dropping skills.

The campaign has now been covered by Entertainment Tonight, Forbes and Vanichi as it gains more support, whether it be celebrity or non-celebrity, every day.


The #ShakeEbolaOff Dance Challenge was devised by End Ebola Now, a team of Sierra Leonean-American entertainment-industry professionals. This core group consists of producer Adetokumboh M’Cormack, producer/director Nzinga Blake, designer Stephanie Filo and many others. The group hopes to raise funds for overwhelmed treatment centers as many have been turning away those in need due to limited resources.

Since the efforts for containment have shut down borders of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, those who find themselves ill also find themselves with very few options for healthcare and medical treatment. 100% of the funds raised will help with treatment as well as the distribution of information to help prevent future infections. – JD

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Part of this article was previously published on Vanichi NOW and contributed to by Nicole James.