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Your THON 2020 Final Four Line Dances

As THON Weekend winds down and the Final Four approaches, many await annual traditions like Family Hour, Go Go Gadjet’s performance, and the final total reveal. However, one underrated part of the Final Four is a look at the last four line dances, which former Dancer Relations captains return to THON to perform every year.

The line dances are always a great way to look at not how many happens in Penn State in one year, but rather, in a five-year span. I mean, back in 2016, they were singing about the debut of late-drop, Sheetz on Pugh, and the We are sign — all things current students can’t imagine Penn State without.

Here’s a look at what to expect this afternoon:

2015

Theme: Empower The Dreamers

Line dance:

Top three lyrics:

  1. Whoop! There it is! / We’re here for the kids
  2. Raise the roof, don’t stop, don’t stop / Diamonds, up top, up top
  3. Penn State Pride, For the Glory / Do it for the campus story

It’s rare that a line dance has TWO iconic lines back to back, but this year’s chorus was #PSUnrivaled. This chorus, highlighted by “Whoop! There it is! / We’re here for the kids // Raise the roof, don’t stop, don’t stop / Diamonds, up top, up top” will forever transcend Father Time.

2016

Theme: Believe Beyond Boundaries

Line dance:

Top three lyrics:

  1. Blast off, BJC! // Can you feel that energy?
  2. Hover boards, watch your toes! // Quick one question, WHAT ARE THOSE?!
  3. We Are sign, take a pic // Snap it with your selfie stick

Nothing will ever compare to “Blast off, BJC!” I was in high school when this line dance debuted, but I’ve come to stan it — in part due to being at the Final Four the last three years to witness it and in part to the many, many performances of it by former Onward State editors Elissa Hill, Steve Connelly, and Gabi Stevenson, who were all freshmen when this banger dropped. You never forget your first.

2017

Theme: Igniting Hope Within

Line dance:

Top three lyrics:

  1. WHY IS EVERYTHING SO LIT? / WHAT WAS THIS YEAR’S BIGGEST HIT?!
  2. Smell the roses, bags are packed / Penn State football, guess who’s back?
  3. Shake the stands, rock the floor / Hear our little lions roar

Penn State football’s dream season made for more than a few iconic mentions in the 2017 line dance. But the real star of this show was the Mannequin Challenge. Like I said, you never forget your first, so the references to “Ignite! Electrify!” in this year’s line dance will definitely have senior Anthony (not that one) feeling some type of way about his first THON.

2018

Theme: Discovering Tomorrow’s Wonder.

Line dance:

Top three lyrics:

  1. Cardi B makes money moves / Ooh, look what you made me do
  2. College GameDay hits Old Main / Nittany Lion hall of fame
    T-3. Zena — to the stars / Three class gifts, reaching far
    T-3. Eagles fly, Pens win cup / Trust the process, buckle up

2017 may’ve been my first line dance, but 2018 remains the best of my four years. Whether it was about a meme, big news on campus, or major current events, nearly every lyric just hit so hard. Additionally, the transition from “Despacito” to “Bodak Yellow” and THEN to the dance break will never be topped.

2019

Theme: Shape The Moment

Line dance:

Top three lyrics:

  1. Wally Triplett, white and blue / WE ARE! Thanks to you
  2. For the Kids, For the Glory / Penn State, let’s tell our story
  3. Diamonds up, watch them soar / FTK! Is how we roar

Three words: “Caps! Caps! Caps!”

2020

Theme: Journey Together

Line dance:

Top three lyrics:

  1. Hardwood Lions, play it cool // Say it with me, B-BALL SCHOOL
  2. Old Main Tower, what’s the plan? // Did your football ticket scan
  3. Mamba! Mentality // Kobe leaves his legacy

The first time I heard this year’s line dance, more than a few lyrics jumped out at me (“Throw it back with Disney Plus // Baby Yoda, love you must” and “Alex Morgan sips her tea” were both elite, but didn’t make the top three in a loaded field). However, for a short time, the verses’ lyrics were my favorite part, as no chorus lyric jumped out at me, and I just couldn’t get into the dance break — maybe it’s because I am old and don’t know Renegade. But as the weekend has worn on, it’s certainly grown on me and become something I look forward to each hour — although I still don’t Renegade.

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About the Author

Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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