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The Best THON ‘High Table’ Dancer Doodles

Through the 46 hours, dancers endure endless mental and physical stimulation. Through all the entertainment, dancing, and cheering, sometimes it’s nice to just relax and draw.

The “high tables” on the floor of the BJC are exactly what they sound like. Elevated tables for THON dancers to rest against — and of course, draw on. Many of the drawings on these tables date back to the early 2000s, giving them a graffiti-like appearance.

Though every dancer is an artist deep down inside, here’s a look at some of the most unique drawings.

“The Thon Cat”

Someone was feeling a little feisty and decided to draw this sassy cat. This feline is even sporting the Four Diamonds on his belly.

Thon drawing 1

“An Aardvark Just Eating Ants And Stuff”

This aardvark seems to be eating ants, and stuff.

Thon Drawing 2

“A Tree By Colby”

We’re not entirely sure if the true artist behind this was “Colby,” but the name’s close proximity to this lovely, detailed elm tree tells us YES.

Thon Drawing 3


We have a lot of questions for this one. However, we appreciate its eccentricity.

Thon Drawing 4

“A Man Running For His Pants”

THON dancers store extra outfits for the weekend in dancer storage. Perhaps this piece of art symbolizes one’s fear of losing their next pair of pants?

Thon Drawing 5

“Skydiving Into A Pool Of Sharks”

THON can be an overwhelming experience. Some may even compare the floor to a shark tank.

Thon Drawing 6

As writers, we have no idea what this means. 

Is this math? It must be. Mitch Hastings found his peace and serenity through some calculus.

Photo: Carolyn Popescu


Just like this beloved Nickelodeon fairy, THON is magical.

Photo: Carolyn Popescu

“Fran Is Tired” 

We’re going out on a hunch, but we have a feeling that Fran is tired.

Thon Drawing 9

“Why, Hello There”

Hey! How are you? Keep up the amazing work.

Thon Drawing 10


There you have it. Just some of the best THON doodles. Got a favorite doodle that we missed? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us a photo at @THONwardState.

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About the Author

Carolyn Popescu

Current senior studying Advertising and Visual Arts, Carolyn has a passion for entertainment and music. She also loves photography, film, graphic design, social media, and all things in between. She's the current Sony Music Marketing Representative for State College, so be sure to reach out to her with any local music scene questions, ideas, proposals, or if you just need someone to geek out about music with.

(Contact her through [email protected] or [email protected])


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