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THON Pep Rally Showcases Penn State Athletes’ Dance Moves

If you were lucky enough to be in the Bryce Jordan Center for the the Pep Rally, you know how awesome the dance skits were. In case you weren’t, here is what you missed.

The Nittany Lion started out on stage, playfully raising the BJC stands to a cheer, as he usually does at any sporting event. Then, Coach Washington (Women’s Basketball), Coach Walsh (Women’s Soccer), and Coach Warming (Men’s Soccer) began the rally by introducing the theme of “Together: We Are One.” After a brief pump up video, Section 131 held up a card stunt that read “THON.”

The three coaches concluded their opening words by saying that none of this would be possible without the help of Penn State students who participate in THON.

The first performance came from the national champion dance team: the Lionettes. They danced to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Beyonce and “Diamonds” by Rihanna, which was a perfect opening act. After the Lionettes came the Women’s Golf team, dancing to a medley of songs.

Next came the Women’s Lacrosse team, who started out in a huddle to “Eye of the Tiger.” From there, they broke out in a well rehearsed routine to the tune of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” As Women’s Lacrosse walked off, Men’s Soccer walked on, beginning with their backs to the audience. These boys brought several dance moves to the stage, from striking a pose to air guitaring. There was even a backflip!

After a brief video from the Softball team (who are playing in New Mexico), the Women’s Volleyball team performed a seductive routine to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” It’s worth nothing that Kristin Carpenter, who is dancing in THON, participated with the team at the pep rally. Now that’s dedication!

The Men’s Swimming team stole the show, not just with their incredible hip-hop dance moves and quick stepping, but by taking off their shirts, holding up a blue tarp and reinacting what they do best.

Women’s field hockey seemed to have a theme going on by dancing to songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” and “Don’t Wake Me UP.”

Men’s Gymnastics was also unable to attend THON, but also made a video with a coordinated backflip.

The Fencing team (men’s and women’s) danced to “What is Love (Baby Don’t Hurt Me)” dressed like Justin Bieber. Their routine was comprised of cartwheels, leaping, and Bernie-ing.

The cheerleaders took the stage, dressed in cammo shirts and black shorts. They choreographed their dance to “I’m a Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. They even let a THON child perform with them.

Women’s Soccer began their act with “Dancing Queen” which was decent, but as soon as “Gangnam Style” came on, the BJC went wild.

Then came the most popular of the sports teams: Football! They busted out some funky choreography with songs like “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor and “N****s in Paris”. They even broke out into an acapella quickstep dance.

The skit session ended with performances from Women’s Swimming (dancing to Usher’s “Yeah) and Men’s Hockey (“September” and “Beauty and the Beast.”)

Who won you ask?

It was an undisputable win for Men’s Swimming for their originality.

The Pep Rally came to a close with a water chug and a performance from Penn State’s Marching Blue Band.

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Leo Dillinger

Penn State Junior, Print Journalism Major, Minors in English and Sociology, Writer of Arts, Entertainment, News, Tomfoolery and Opinion.

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