Practicing for more than just a dance


Chi Omega sisters rehearse their “Decades” Greek Sing routine on Wednesday night. The women will donate proceeds from ticket sales at Greek Sing to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Greek Sing raised nearly $200,000 last year and granted wishes for 32 children.

Marjorie Kirk

Flannels were flung and tie-dye t-shirts were tossed to decade hits as Chi Omega tightened up loose ends — and ball caps — on its “Decades” Greek Sing routine.

Saturday’s event will be a “Race to One Million” dollars for UK’s sororities and fraternities as they raise money for their philanthropies through dance.

Each chapter practices routines for weeks, sometimes months, and enlists dance coaches to design complex routines and costumes.

“I think a lot of people just think it is sororities dancing and get confused why we’re doing it,” said Chi Omega dance coach Ashley Wood, a marketing sophomore. “When you go to Greek Sing you get the full effect. You’ll see a kid and the feeling isn’t like anything else.”

Ticket sales go toward Chi Omega’s philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Alpha Tau Omega’s philanthropy organization.

Chi Omega and Alpha Tau Omega do not compete with the other chapters for donations to individual philanthropies. The event raised close to $200,000 in 2015 and granted 32 wishes of children in the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We got to meet one of the children last year. We call her ‘Tough Cookie Catie,’” marketing sophomore and Chi Omega sister Riley Dahl said.

When Dahl’s grandmother died from lung cancer last year, it reinvigorated her desire to dance.

Chi Omega sister psychology sophomore Elena Ares said she got to know Catie when the sisters threw her a “going away to Disneyworld” party, and dances each year because of the difficulties these young families suffer through.

“They’re still with us, so I think they’re going to be at Greek Sing. She’s going to Disneyworld because we granted her another wish,” Ares said.