I knew I wanted to participate in DanceBlue the moment I set foot on campus my freshman year. I had helped choreograph and teach the line dance at my high school’s mini marathon, and I was determined to be a part of the line dance experience here at UK. I chose to apply for the position of line dance coordinator because the line dance plays a very important role in DanceBlue. The line dance is supposed to be fun of course, but it also has the ability to send a message and re-energize all of the dancers that participate. Every song used can be strategic; they can truly inspire. And when the dancers are twenty hours into the marathon and having a hard time, the sound of the line dance starting at the top of the hour can give them that spurt of energy they need to push through. I knew I wanted to be a part of something that powerful.
Flash forward to this year—I couldn’t be more excited to be serving as DanceBlue 2018’s Line Dance Coordinator. Being Line Dance Coordinator has not always been what I expected, but I have learned so much in this position. The line dance is a year-long effort, and I hope that my effort (along with the effort of everyone else who has helped me) is evident in this year’s dance.
Everything starts with some brainstorming. I began thinking of songs over the summer. Any time I heard a song on the radio or randomly thought of a song that might be good for the line dance, I immediately typed it into my phone. Sometimes even tiny bits of choreography would come to mind. I also drew some inspiration from previous line dances. The line dance has evolved so much over the years, but there are some songs and moves I felt I just had to include from other years.
In the end, however, most of the song and clip ideas came from the public. There was an overwhelming response to the poll we released. We had over 200 songs/clips suggested. There were so many great ideas—so believe me when I say it was difficult to narrow it down. That was definitely the hardest part. Thankfully, I was not completely on my own. I had so much help from Becca (Programming Chair) and Eric (Technology Chair) when it came to perfecting the songs and video. Once I was able to figure out what songs and clips I wanted, the choreography was almost easy. It’s so fun to get inspiration from the music videos and songs themselves.
Now that it’s almost time for the marathon, I’m really looking forward to teaching the line dance to everyone on the floor (and in the stands!). It means the world to me that I have the chance to bring some joy to 1,000 people who care about being for the kids just as much as I do. As a cancer survivor, I am always in awe of the amount of support our student body shows for this cause. It never fails to make me smile.
So get ready people! DanceBlue 2018 is almost here, and I hope you’re ready to dance.