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Infusion Dance Competition to light up Eisenhower Auditorium

Nine dance teams from across the nation will compete this Saturday in Penn State’s first Infusion Filmi-Fusion dance competition, for a $3000 cash prize and bragging rights.

The Filmi-Fusion genre is the newest South Asian style of dance that is sweeping North America. A combination of Hindi-Film Dance and Fusion, this style mixes western dance technique  with traditional Bollywood tracks, for high energy and visually stunning performances.

Internationally renowned artists “The Bilz and Kashif” from Montreal, will also take to the Eisenhower stage during the Infusion competition.

Get your Bollywood fix this Saturday, March 16th at 6 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets are $6 via online pre-order, and $10 at the door for Penn State Students.

All proceeds benefit THON.

 

For further information:

www.pennstateinfusion.com

Twitter: @psuinfusion

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pennstateinfusion

Follow Up THON Dancer Interview: Sammi Gyurko

For those of you that remember, I interviewed THON dancer Sammi Gyurko at THON. You can read the original interview here! I recently talked to Sammi again to reflect on her experience at THON.

How was THON?
Sammi: THON was amazing! My actual family experienced THON for the first time this year, which was really special to me, and my THON family spent a lot of time at THON. Overall, it was everything I had hoped it would be.

What was it like being a dancer?
Sammi: It was awesome being a dancer. For a whole weekend, you have your family and friends rooting for you which is great. I am so honored to be able to call myself a THON 2013 dancer. If I could do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat; and that says a lot.

If given the chance, would you dance again?
Sammi: Without a doubt.

What were your favorite songs that you heard at THON?
Sammi: I loved all of the throwbacks that were played. Songs like “It’s Raining Men” were really fun to sing along to.

What songs do you wish were played at THON?
Sammi: No song stuck out to me that I thought “wow, I wish they played that.” I think DJ Larry Moore and the entertainment captains did a great job.

What band was your favorite performer at THON?
Sammi: Obviously everyone loves Go Go Gadget but I think My Hero Zero was phenomenal too!

What was your favorite part of the weekend?
Sammi: As corny as it might sound, the whole weekend was my favorite part about THON. Every part of that weekend was special in its own way. The human tunnel was exhilarating. The entire time I was walking up to the BJC, everyone kept cheering us dancers on and I kept thinking “holy crap I’m really about to do this.” Then you get to the weekend and it’s a constant party with thousands of your closest friends. People I haven’t talked to in a couple years came up to me and congratulated me. The whole weekend was very special.

How long did you sleep for after THON?
Sammi: 15 hours! It was great! I did not leave my bed for more than 10 minutes the next day and the only time I left my apartment was to get a few copies of the Collegian for me and my family.

What does THON mean to you?
Sammi: This is such a tough question because I cannot begin to sum into words what THON means to me. It means everything to me. Because of THON, I’ve met some of my best friends. Because of THON, I’ve met an amazing Four Diamonds Family, The Tuckeys, who inspire me every day. I am a better person because of THON and I am beyond proud to be a part of a school that cares so much about such an amazing cause. THON is my life.

Follow Up THON Dancer Interview: Austin Skobel

For those of you that remember, I interviewed THON Dancer Austin Skobel at THON two weeks ago. You guys can read the original interview here. I talked to Austin again recently to reflect on his experience at THON.

How was THON?
Austin: THON was amazing. Easily one of the best experiences of my life. It was so incredible it is hard to put into words.

What was it like being a dancer?
Austin: Being a dancer was a different experience. I wasn’t on the floor as much as I thought I would be because there was so much to do and see.

If given the chance, would you dance again?
Austin: I would dance again in a heartbeat. If given the opportunity I would take it.

What were your favorite songs that you heard at THON?
Austin: I loved “Thrift Shop,” “Zombie Nation,” and “Apache.”

What songs do you wish were played at THON?
Austin: I wish I heard Zedd’s “Clarity.”

What band was your favorite performer at THON?
Austin: I really enjoyed Total Whiteout. They really rocked the BJC and got everybody dancing.

What was your favorite part of the weekend?
Austin: My favorite part of THON weekend was hanging out with the Holland family. It was awesome to see them and meet their 2 month old for the first time.

How long did you sleep for after THON?
Austin: I slept for about 14 hours but really got back to my normal schedule on Monday.

What does THON mean to you?
Austin: THON means so much to me. I can’t really explain it but when I see how much 15,000 college students care about helping others it really is amazing. THON isn’t about one weekend either it is about the work we put in during the year. I don’t really think I can put what THON means to me in words but the word that does keep going through my mind is amazing.

Follow Up THON Dancer Interview: Tara Antonucci

For those of you that remember, I interviewed dancer Tara Antonucci at THON two weekends ago. Read my original interview with Tara here. Since then, I did a follow up interview with Tara about reflecting on her THON experience.

How was THON?
Tara: THON was amazing. I’ve never been to a more inspirational event with more welcoming and fun people. And being able to actually complete the full 46 hours on my feet is one of my greatest achievements at Penn State.

What was it like being a dancer?
Tara: Being a dancer was definitely tough but 100% worth it. You really realize how many people actually care about you when you see all of them supporting you from the floor.

If given the chance, would you dance again?
Tara: I don’t know if I would dance for a second time, but if I could go back in time and decide whether to dance for the first time again, I would definitely make the same decision.

What were your favorite songs that you heard at THON?
Tara: I really enjoyed anything with a good beat that got my energy level up. I especially liked Go Go Gadjet at the end because anything that was slow-paced or quiet would have put me to sleep for sure.

What songs do you wish were played at THON?
Tara: I dont remember hearing any Red Hot Chili Peppers so that would have been a nice change from the standard radio music.

What band was your favorite performer at THON?
Tara: I don’t remember the name of any of them (except Go Go Gadjet)! I mostly enjoyed all of them though.

What was your favorite part of the weekend?
Tara: That has to be the hardest question to answer because I loved every second of it. One of the best however was finally being able to see my mom on the floor. The pass list system got really messed up so I was waiting to see her for about 5 hours. When you have no idea what time of day it is and all you can do is wait, it seemed like those 5 hours were the most terrible 5 hours of my life. Finally being able to see her completely changed my mind set and put me in the best mood to finish out til the end.

How long did you sleep for after THON?
Tara: After THON I slept for a solid 20 hours. It was the best sleep of my life.

What does THON mean to you?
Tara: THON means everything to me. It means hope. It means empowerment. It means freedom. THON means what the Four Diamonds stand for: strength, honesty, wisdom, courage. For little kids to be going through something so terrible like cancer, having something like THON to look forward to every year has to be the greatest thing of their lives. For me, seeing those kids have a weekend to forget about their illness and just have fun makes everything worth it. THON is a way for college kids, like me, to make a difference in a way that older adults cant: by being kids themselves. We aren’t true adults yet, in the real world with real jobs, so why not take a weekend to play with kids and show them what a true childhood should be like; like the ones we had. For as long as I live I’ll never forget what THON is and how it felt to be a part of something much more important and worthwhile than my own silly life problems.