February 16, 2013 at 5:22 AM
For 46 straight hours, Penn State students will dance their way through sing-a-longs, line dances and live performances during the Interfratenity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
However, that doesn't mean that these dancers have to just do the same dance over and over again, falling asleep standing up with the repetition.
To keep herself loose, dancer Ingrid Kaplan said that her favorite dance to do on the floor is the famous line dance, which is uniquely choreographed differently each year and performed on the stage by Morale captains once an hour.
"The line dance is my favorite dance. It stretches me out and works as a good mid-hour stretch," Kaplan (senior-psychology) said. "It is also easy to learn, and I absolutely love all of the pop culture references."
Besides the line dance, other classic dancers are favorite among THON participants. For Erika Smull, the "Wobble" dance, originated and taught through video by recording artist V.I.C.
"The wobble is definitely my favorite because it's so fun to see everyone doing it all together," Erika Smull (senior-civil engineering) said.
Despite the modern nature of THON and the dances it persuades, some students prefer some of the classics as they dance they their way toward finding a cure.
"The macarena is the best because it's got a great beat and nice little 'cha cha' to it," Molly Barfuss (sophomore- community and environmental development) said.
Whether dancers can wobble, do the macarena, or perfect the line dance, it's all successful in keeping their feet moving, easing into the thirteenth hour of the dance marathon.