Better Know A THON Committee: Dancer Relations

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If you’re new to this whole THON thing, no worries — it’s confusing. Throughout the weekend you’ve probably seen a plethora of students running around the BJC with various colored shirt on, but what exactly are they doing? Well, we’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about THON’s various committees.

In our first installment, we introduced you to the Communications Committee. Now, we’re going to discuss exactly what it means to be a DRCM in this segment of Better Know A THON Committee: Dancer Relations.

Formerly known as Morale, the Dancer Relations Committee is focused on the welfare of the dancers. In order to do this, they have to look out for not only the physical well-being of their dancer, but also their emotional welfare. Throughout the course of the year, DCRM’s are trained on the best ways to treat dancers. They’re well-versed in the do’s and don’ts when it comes to what to say to dancers.

The Dancer Relations Committee focuses on ensuring all members know the proper stretches to do with their dancers and how to help if the dancer is feeling unwell or “struggling.” They’re really there to be their dancers’ best buddies throughout the weekend and help them through any emotional bumps in the road.

DCRM’s are matched up with their dancers through a survey they all fill out on THON’s internal portal, Think. The survey matches up dancers and DCRM’s based on their interests and hobbies. This helps ensure the pairs are compatible — after all, who wants to spend hours on end with someone they don’t like too much to begin with?

These committee members can be spotted throughout the BJC wearing bright yellow t-shirts. They’re mostly found on the floor, though, considering that’s where their job requires them to be to assist dancers. The job is tough but is without a doubt extremely rewarding.

Fun Fact: The Dancer Relations committee, or moralers, was the first official THON committee ever. No surprise there, though. Even the strongest danceres need a little pick-me-up while they’re standing 46.

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