After a spirited few days following the selection of independent dancers, as well as the announcement of Morale dance partners for THON, the entire dancer list was unveiled Tuesday.
The list, which was released at a similar time last year, includes all 710 names of those who will be standing for 46 hours in a little more than a week, Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon Overall Public Relations Chairwoman Cat Powers said. Also included in the list are the number and the representing organization of each dancer.
With fewer than 10 days left until THON, Media Relations Captain Megan Renaut said thoughts of inspiration will best serve as mental preparation for the dancers. This can be achieved, she said, by watching THON videos or family stories.
Renaut (sophomore-psychology) also said keeping up with nutrition and sufficient sleep is paramount.
“Getting sick right now is not an option,” she said.
Powers (senior-pubic relations), who echoed Renaut’s recommendations, also advised dancers to get adequate exercise in the upcoming days.
To aid in physical fitness, a THON Prep Class is currently being offered in the White Building at 6 p.m. a few times a week, Renaut said.
Katy Sharman (junior-early childhood education), first-time and independent dancer, said that stretching is key to preparing. In addition to eliminating caffeine altogether, Sharman has also been keeping a rigid sleep schedule, going to bed at 10 p.m. every day since she was notified that she would be dancing.
“Hopefully when Friday rolls around, I’ll be as rested and ready to stand for 46 hours as I can be,” Sharman said.
Sharman said she specifically draws inspiration from viewing the “Why We Dance” documentary as well as her favorite “tear-jerker,” “THON Miracles.”
First-time dancer Alyssa Maestas (senior-health and physical education) said that drinking enough water, sleeping early, attending dancer classes, as well as fitting in independent cardio make up her physical groundwork.
In addition to joining the efforts of thousands of students in finding the cure for cancer, Maestas’ motivation extends a little further — her grandmother has lung cancer.
Maestas said she feels “nervous” at times due to the impending physical demands of the event ahead. But she said she does not let such thoughts weigh on her for too long.
“As long as you stay positive, you are more likely to get yourself through those hard times,” she said.
Though dancing can be strenuous, Powers said the experience is worthwhile.
“It’s a tough test of endurance, but it’s a very exciting time,” she said.