High schools dance for cause

By Becca Clemons

UK students aren’t the only ones who know how to get their groove on.

DanceBlue, the 24-hour UK dance marathon, won’t be confined to just UK students. On Nov. 13, students from Lexington Catholic High School will take part in their own DanceBlue in the form of a five-hour mini-marathon.

Just like the funds from UK’s DanceBlue, all the money raised goes to the Golden Matrix Fund, an organization that helps children and families suffering from childhood cancer.

Last year, its first year, around 200 Lexington Catholic students raised $12,000 during the mini-marathon, Elena Jones, marketing junior and DanceBlue High School Mini-Marathon Coordinator, said. She said the school’s goal this year is to raise more money and get more students involved. Each student is required to raise $50 in order to dance.

“It’s a neat idea in how it connects people in the community that are outside UK,” Jones said. “It’s cool because a lot of these kids may not even go to UK, and they get so excited about it.”

Students at the high school nominate a committee and students from UK act as advisers, she said.

Overall Chair and marketing and management senior Matt Dempsey said the idea for the high school mini-marathon came two years ago from Penn State University’s dance marathon, which involves elementary, middle and high schools.

Ballard High School in Louisville is also working with UK to hold a DanceBlue mini-marathon in the spring.

Dempsey said the mini-marathon shows high school students an example of what UK students are doing to help the community.

“It’s great to introduce them to this cause, and it’s great as well to introduce them to UK,” he said.