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Predicting The THON 2022 Line Dance

It’s that time of year again, folks. THON will officially be back in person at the Bryce Jordan Center in just a few short hours. And, to quote former Onward State editor Steve Connelly, “Dancer Relations captains, it’s almost time to head to the stage.”

For those who may not know, the Dancer Relations captains come together and perform the line dance on stage every hour throughout THON Weekend to keep dancers entertained, awake, and stretched out.

The line dance’s lyrics compile the past year’s most memorable moments with references to Happy Valley news, pop culture, worldwide events, TikTok dances, and so much more. 

Per tradition, our staff took a stab at predicting what this year’s line dance may look like. Here’s what we hope to hear this year:

Penn State Things

Pop Culture

  • #FreeBritney
  • “Friends” reunion
  • Disney’s Encanto
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • Squid Game
  • Cobra Kai
  • Outer Banks
  • Meghan Markle interview with Oprah
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West divorce
  • Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly engaged
  • Return of Steve(s) from Blue’s Clues
  • Adele’s “30”
  • Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour”
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez back together
  • Lil Nas X’s music videos
  • TikTok

News

  • President Biden takes office
  • COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Cargo ship stuck in Suez Canal
  • Elon Musk & Space X
  • Surfside condo collapse
  • Simone Biles at Tokyo Olympics
  • Atlanta Braves win World Series
  • Omicron and Delta variants
  • Travis Scott’s Astroworld fiasco
  • RIP Betty White, Bob Saget, Charlie Watts, Biz Markie
  • Tom Brady’s retirement 

Songs/Dance Break

  • “Easy on Me” — Adele
  • “Good 4 U” — Olivia Rodrigo 
  • “Fancy Like” — Walker Hayes
  • “Up” — Cardi B
  • “Donda” — Kanye West
  • “All Too Well (10-Minute Version)” — Taylor Swift
  • “Stay” — Kid Laroi and Justin Beiber
  • “Castaways” — Backyardigans
  • Berries & Cream
  • “Face Off” — The Rock
  • “Let’s Groove Remix” — Earth, Wind & Fire
  • “Kiss Me More” — Doja Cat
  • “Day N Nite” — Kid Cudi

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About the Author

Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a junior broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your tips, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @evan.halfen or email: [email protected]

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