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Urban Dance Troupe Takes First Place At Virtual THON Showcase

Urban Dance Troupe took home the first-place prize of $2,500 and claimed an opportunity to perform during THON Weekend at the fourth annual THON Showcase Monday night.

The event took place virtually this year and featured a slew of both virtual and recorded events.

The show’s fourth-place performer was Grace Kave, who represented Penn State Crossfit with a medley of songs as the first act of the evening.

Hailey Burbage represented JULmanji: Dancer Relations Committee and took third place. Burbage won the event with Penn State Beaver in 2019 and competed again in 2020 with the Society of Women Engineers.

Eclipse’s Daniel Tracht and Jake Maloney took second place and will also perform at THON Weekend. Last year, Tracht and Maloney were part of a trio of members from Eclipse who took home the first-place prize.

Later, Tapestry Dance Company took the stage following Kave’s performance and danced to “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. The five performers all danced from individual locations but were edited together.

The Statesmen, an all-male a cappella group, performed “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. The Statesmen are also Penn State’s only all-male a cappella group.

Olivia Notto from Epsilon Sigma Alpha sang the second solo of the event when she performed “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.

Penn State’s oldest dance company, Orchesis, performed next to a medley of songs by The Weeknd. The group typically consists of 22 members but had a smaller group dancing from all different locations for the night’s performance.

Perry Newman, from the Supply Logistics Committee, performed solo to ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen while also playing the acoustic guitar.

Grace Smith performed next and represented her Donor & Alumni Relations Committee. Smith is also a member of the Penn State Concert Choir.

The night closed out with performances from the Penn State Thespian Society, Penn State Dance Alliance, Grace Chiodo representing her Dancer Relations Committee, and FOTO.

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