DanceBlue Blitz Week ends with surprising public finale


A DanceBlue flashmob shows off the 2018 line dance in front of the Mining and Minerals Building in Lexington, Ky. on Jan. 26, 2018. Photo by Taylon Baker.

Taylor Baker

DanceBlue Blitz Week, the final week of donations for the dance marathon, lasted from Jan. 22-26 and had an exciting finale.

The finale took place in front of the Mining and Minerals Resource Building and had a surprise in store for an unsuspecting audience of students.

At 1:54 p.m. during class change, music started playing and people came out of nowhere and gathered in front of the building to perform. Over 30 dancers participated in a flash mob featuring part of this year’s line dance. 

“Each day we had little activities planned,” said Jodi Llanora, the DanceBlue 2018 PR Chair said. “And today we featured a little bit of the new line dance.”

The fall blitz week, Llanora said, is about getting people signed up, while the spring is about raising awareness for the fundraiser.

“It’s a program that really means something to me, said Hallea Barnhill a freshman kinesiology major. “Especially the children battling this in my hometown. I hope this week got everyone as ready for DanceBlue as I am.”

Barnhill said her high school had mini DanceBlue marathons where she was first introduced to the fundraiser.

This year’s DanceBlue marathon takes place Feb. 17-18 in Memorial Coliseum.

DanceBlue, a now 12-year UK tradition has raised more than $11 million to support the Golden Matrix Fund. A fund established to support the kids of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic both today and well into the future through an endowment.