i should be studying!!!
i thought i would catch you up on a few happenings but first and foremost let me tell you how dance marathon went. it was kind of amazing and horrendous smashed all together with a electro-pop-rap-throwback dance mix. with the help of your generous donations and a little begging, UCLA’s Dance Marathon raised over FOUR HUNDRED SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! eek. very very exciting stuff.
we all stood up at 11am on Saturday and didn’t sit down again (minus a potty break or two) until 1pm on SUNDAY. the mental fortitude, dedication and spirit everyone had and has blows my mind. i tried to photo-document as much of it as i could to share with y’all and hopefully convince some of you to volunteer, morale, dance or donate to next year’s DM…or do something productive…like study…or something.
so here goes.
so during this first shift, jonathan bennett and lacey chabert (of mean girls fame) made an appearance and an elated anissa nearly ripped my arm off. i have never seen anyone so excited. i mean there was jumping and screaming and squealing and then running. if you ever doubted anissa’s fangirl abilities, trust me, she’s got some. i love you anissa.
This is when we were happy and optimistic. And still had enough energy to goof about.
Note: Previous to all this madness we all received Dancer Survival Guides and in them they strongly encourage to bring costumes to keep our morale up; they weren’t kidding. Changing into these entirely ridiculous costumes every four hours was my saving grace.
Also there is something called Color Wars during Dance Marathon that is supposed to create unity and give us something to distract us from the pain in our feet. And part of this competition is a costume competition and we got gypped EVERYTIME.
And then Suzanne and Kanami came with the reserves–popsicles, frozen grapes and lots of hugs. They were a breath of fresh air and the last picture I took before it was all over. So at 5am on Sunday is Hour 20.
In the end they raise the total amount raised up to that point and it was an amazing, emotional and life-changing experience. I think you can see it in the faces of the committee members holding up the numbers.
$407, 223. 73
And just in case you couldn’t see. Let’s take a closer look at that number tw0…
It was an incredible once in a lifetime experience and I have nothing but admiration and love for everyone involved. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, gratifying and memorable 26 hours.
Until next year…