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Predicting The THON 2021 Line Dance

In the immortal words of former Onward State editor Steve Connelly, “Dancer Relations captains, it’s almost time to head to the stage.”

With THON 2021 just hours away, it’s almost time to start jamming to yet another highly anticipated line dance. For those new to THON, the line dance is the song that Dancer Relations captains perform on stage every hour during THON to help dancers loosen up, stay alert, and have some fun.

Each year’s song is comprised of countless references to Dear Old State, pop culture, news, and everything in between. Plus, it’s typically one of THON-goers’ favorite experiences during the annual event.

Naturally, we took a stab at predicting what this year’s line dance may hold. Here’s a brief look at what we think we might hear this weekend:

Penn State Things

News

  • COVID-19
  • Joe Biden wins the presidency
  • Protests following the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor
  • Donald Trump impeached (again)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Lakers & Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Lightning win titles
  • RIP Jesse Arnelle, Chadwick Boseman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Larry King, Hank Aaron, John Lewis, Jerry Stiller & more
  • Trump tests positive for COVID-19
  • Coronavirus vaccine debuts
  • GameStop stocks —> to the moon ?

Pop Culture

  • That Bernie Sanders meme
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Playstation 5, Xbox Series X release
  • Marvel’s “WandaVision”
  • Disney-Pixar’s “Soul”
  • Hamilton…still good!
  • “Parasite” makes Oscar’s history
  • Tiger King
  • Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance”
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci leads the nation
  • Four Seasons Total Landscaping
  • RIP Quibi
  • Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” And “Evermore”
  • TikTok

Dance Break

  • Driver’s License — Olivia Rodrigo
  • Say So — Doja Cat
  • Savage — Megan Thee Stallion
  • Blinding Lights — The Weeknd
  • Toosie Slide — Drake
  • Watermelon Sugar — Harry Styles
  • Roses — The Chainsmokers
  • Sunday Best — Surfaces
  • The Box — Roddy Ricch
  • WAP — Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B

Well, what did we miss? Drop a comment below to tell us what else you think will make its way into this year’s line dance!

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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