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10 Questions: Carter Satterfield, FIJI Dancer

While visiting the floor of THON, I was introduced to Carter, a dancer for Phi Gamma Delta/Whiplash Dance Team. Dancing for the second year in the row, he seems to know the ropes and had some great things to say about the dancing experience and what THON really means to him.

1. Why did you decide to dance?

This is my second year dancing. When I was considering whether to dance again this year, I realized that when it came down to it, what is 92 hours compared to what the THON families go through.

2. What is your team doing to support you?

Just by being here the entire time. We’ve had people on our passes the entire time so far. The important thing is that there’s never a low point. It’s important not to know what time it is and when the floor empties you can usually tell it’s an odd hour of the night.

3. What is your favorite part of THON?

The biggest thing is Penn State coming together as a whole. At football games we come together also, but not for a cause like at THON. Like Joe Paterno said last year, THON is his proudest moment at Penn State.

4. What song are you looking forward to hearing this weekend?

They already played it actually, “I Gotta Feeling”. What I really look forward to is the live music, its a nice change of pace.

5. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen so far?

I like all the creativity with hats and hairstyles. I’ve even seen people shaving the diamonds in their beards.

6. When did you get involved with THON?

My freshman year I joined Morale, and I knew then it was going to define my Penn State career.

7. What is your favorite part of the line dance?

I like the part when everyone goes “Woo” during the chorus. My least favorite part is the line about the Yankees.

8. Have visited with your THON family?

They have been here, but I haven’t gotten a chance to see them yet. I’m looking forward to the water gun fight with all the THON children later on this weekend though.

9. What advice to you have for someone considering being a dancer?

The biggest thing is kicking caffine. I haven’t had it in two months. When you start to get tired and miserable, just think about what your dancing for. The families go through so much more than we do dancing.

10. If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?

I would be a Brontosaurus, I identify with tall things.

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