711 dancers will participate in THON 2014, three more than the 708 that usually take the 46-hour stand against pediatric cancer.
Earlier this year it was announced that dancer couples would become a thing of the past, allowing organizations to have an odd number of dancers for the first time in the Dance Marathon’s history. A discrepancy similar to last year’s, which allowed for 710 dancers, pushed this year’s number to 711.
“We recently learned that, due to reasons unrelated to THON, an organization allocated dancers for THON 2014 is unable to participate,” said Public Relations Director Dana Giacobello. “Given THON’s addition of odd dancer numbers for organizations this year, a portion of their dancers were reallocated to the lottery, resulting in an odd number of dancers for THON 2014.”
Then, a separate incident caused another problem with the calculation.
“There was an oversight in calculating the number of guaranteed dancer couples in the final steps before the lottery was conducted,” said Giacobello. “This has resulted in two additional couples being chosen to dance in THON 2014. While the additional dancer couples were selected through the lottery, the oversight was made by the Executive Committee and is not a result of a problem with the automated lottery.”
While the science behind the lottery and dancer allotment is not a well-known process, if the past two years are any indication, things are getting much more complicated. Regardless, congratulations are in order to the 711 dancers who will take a stand against pediatric cancer in just about two weeks!
Below is the list of all 711 dancers’ names: