During the day, it’s easy for the dancers to stay distracted. The stands are full, the Four Diamonds families are awake and energized, and the dancers’ friends are usually on the floor. But at night, when the stands are empty and the families are sleeping, it’s harder for dancers to stay upbeat.
So how do dancers pass their time during the early morning hours? We went down to the floor to find out. Here’s our favorite seven activities that dancers do in the early hours of the morning:
Play Giant Jenga
It’s basically the same as regular Jenga, but with giant cardboard boxes as the pieces. Our new friend RJ got into the action and, despite some close calls, ended up winning.
Here, we came across dancer Kalen and his moraler Mary doing their best “Pirates of the Carribean” impression.
Dancers usually like coloring because it’s mind numbing and fun! This dancer’s moraler was nice enough to get him a superhero coloring book.
Beach balls with questions written on hyphen are a staple of THON. We found moraler Andy playing with his dancer in the back of the floor. Our favorite question: What’s your favorite song from the movie “The Lion King”?
This seems simple, but dancers sometimes forget to grab all their meals when they don’t know the time. Luckily, our friend Michelle and her fellow HOS members were there to keep the dancers fed and hydrated.
Practicing the Line Dance
It takes practice to learn the line dance perfectly, so the Morale committee put up banners with this year’s lyrics on them. We caught a group of dancers practicing right before they did the real thing on the floor.
One of the most underused activities of THON is the video blogging station by the South Annex. Here, dancers can record a message that goes out to THON’s YouTube channel. We caught dancers Chris and Tyler sending a message to their families.