Take a peek at the smiles, cheers and dancing at DanceBlue
On weekdays, University of Kentucky graduate student Dean West pursues a master’s degree in business administration.
But this weekend he was shaking his groove thing as one of more than 800 students participating in DanceBlue, the annual dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer treatment and research. This was the 13th year for the event.
“It is an incredibly fun way to do something amazing,” West, 23, of Shepherdsville said. “I mean, the cause is fantastic and it’s so much fun. …I have no shame, so I just kinda go at it.”
Dancers boogied to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Sia’s “Unstoppable” and Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots,” among many other songs, during the 24-hour marathon that began Saturday night and ended Sunday night.
The dancers raised $1,804,068.77, according to figures released Sunday evening. Last year’s event raised $1.78 million for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic.
This was the third marathon for Jodi Llanora, 20, a biology junior.
“When you dance, it takes away all the pain in your feet,” Llanora said. “You realize you’re here to have fun and we’re doing it all for the kids.”