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Artists That Kept The BJC Movin’ Saturday At THON

One of the most important parts of a dance marathon is the music. As the weekend moves forward, it’s easy to shake off the fatigue and pain if you have good music to dance to, and good thing there have been some amazing acts. Not only are the live performers amazing, but the crowd gets just as excited by a good song playing over the loudspeakers in between events. We’ve compiled a list of artists that had everyone in the Bryce Jordan Center screaming their lyrics and dancing to the max.

Walk On Mars

Although they were off the a quiet start, once the lead singer, Mary Jo Swank, announced she would be playing Taylor Swift, the crowd started singing along. The energy continued as she played some more early 2000s bops and ended her set with an impressive performance of “Dream On” by Aerosmith. The THON kids in particular took a liking to Swank’s interaction with the audience and kept them continuously involved throughout her entire set. By the time Swank hit the infamous “Dream On” high pitch, she had the entire lower bowl jumping on their feet, cheering her on.

Taylor Swift

It’s no shocker that there were some Swifties in the crowd, but anytime Taylor Swift came on the speakers, the audience immediately erupted and began singing along. There was a fifteen-minute period on Saturday afternoon where old Taylor Swift songs were flooding into the arena. It was the most lively the crowd had been within the past few hours and the crowd kept moving any time Swift’s voice carried through the speakers.

Not only did Swift get the ladies moving, but many of the guys joined in and let their inner Swifties shine by singing along to classics like “Love Story”, “You Belong With Me”, and “Cruel Summer.”


It’s typically hard to keep people around after Pep Rally, but DJ Dosk had no problem shaking the stadium for his entire one-hour set. He covered all of the classic hits from the early 2000s to modern-day pop and R&B, while still managing to sprinkle in some 90s classics. His effortless transitions had the audience in suspense as he was mixing tracks and kept the hits coming. DOSK left his mark on the crowd as their dancing continued even after he left, so it’s safe to say the audience had no complaints.

Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fi’s

Not only did Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fi’s electrify the crowd at THON, but the crowd went crazy when they found out the lead singer, Molly Countermine told the crowd she’s actually a professor at Penn State. It made the crowd connect with Countermine’s performance even more knowing she was a part of the Penn State community and had a killer voice. Countermine took us through the years of the early 2000s and dropped us off in the year 2011, feeling nostalgic for our childhood.


Paramore is one of those bands, like Taylor Swift, where everyone knows the lyrics to their old songs. When Walk On Mars performed “Ain’t it Fun,” the crowd became louder and started engaging in their performance. Throughout the weekend, Paramore was played whenever the crowd began to fall asleep, and it never failed to liven the crowd and get them right back to singing and dancing.

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Maya Thiruselvam

Maya is a junior majoring in English from Deleware County, PA, and a writer for Onward State. She is a huge Phillies fan and thinks Citizens Bank Park should bring back Dollar Dog Night. When she's not talking to the Willard preacher you can find her rewatching episodes of Ted Lasso or The Office. To reach her, follow her on Instagram or Twitter: @maya_thiruselvam, or email her at [email protected].

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