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How DRCMs Keep Orgs Awake and Connected With Their Dancers

We all know that the peppy Dancer Relations Committee Members are responsible for keeping their dancers alive and well during THON. One thing you may not know, however, is a lot of DRCMs go the extra mile and working their dancer’s org, fraternity, or sorority as well. We talked with DRCMs Chloe Vollmer, Emily McKenzie, and Nick Savino to find out what they do with their dancer’s orgs to keep them awake, motivated, and connected with their dancers.

DRCMs will lead chants for their dancers.

Orgs have been chanting and cheering all weekend, but DRCMs will make sure that their dancers are there to hear their the support from the stands. “We’ll make sure the org is ready to chant and then have the dancers come over to join in,” McKenzie said.

DRCMs get orgs to text (or even FaceTime) their dancers frequently.

Dancer Relations Committee Members always work with orgs to text their dancers words of encouragement and inspiration, especially as the weekend progresses. Sometimes, it’s even more helpful for dancers to see the faces of their friends and loved ones up close. “The people in my dancers’ org will sometimes FaceTime their dancer so they can see each other’s faces. It’s in between a text and leaning over the railing to talk to them,” Vollmer said.

DRCMs practice the line dance with orgs to keep them awake and excited for the next round.

As THON progresses, standing still can make org members tired. DRCMs will sometimes bust a move with orgs to get them moving and to get them excited for the next time that they hear “Dancer Relations Captains, to the stage!”

DRCMs have org members bring big speakers to listen to their own music.

“My dancer is from a large fraternity, and the brothers brought big speakers to play some of their favorites,” Vollmer said. Playing a dancer’s favorite song for them when they need it most can help them stay pumped up FTK.

DRCMs collect gifts from the orgs and give them to their dancers.

DRCMs will often collect things that orgs want their dancers to have and bring them to the floor. Tangible incentives keep the dancers encouraged.

DRCMs will stretch with orgs to keep them loose.

Just like practicing the line dance, Savino and Vollmer said that DRCMs will sometimes lead stretches for orgs to keep them moving and them and get their blood pumping. “We’ll start by leading them and then have some members lead the rest. It keeps them feeling like they’re all together and ready to support their dancers.”

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.

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