If you missed THONâ€™s annual pep rally, have no fear! Valley was front and center to give you the details.
The theme of 2017â€™s pep rally was Disney. Every sportâ€™s team had to incorporate at least one Disney song in their skit. The judges, which included the Blue Sapphire, Mike the Mailman, the Blue Band Drum Major and others, had to pick 3 teams to move on after the initial performance. From there the audience would choose the winner via cheering.
The hosts reminded us that the teams have come up with their own music and dance moves, but they all â€œdance to conquer.â€ After a comical intro from the hosts that consisted of social media lingo, the pep rally began.
It started off with Penn Stateâ€™s cheerleaders pumping up the crowd with fan favorite cheers from football games. After, came the famous Lionettes, who were flawless as always and did a routine to Alessia Caraâ€™s â€œHow Far Iâ€™ll Goâ€ from Disneyâ€™s Moana. What a great kickoff!
Before choosing the final three finalists, the judges revealed who they enjoyed the most: menâ€™s gymnastics, the football team, menâ€™s soccer, menâ€™s tennis, and and womenâ€™s volleyball.
Menâ€™s gymnastics consisted of amazing flips and tricks including back flips, what appeared to be break dancing moves, and full body twists. Perhaps the most memorable section of their skit is when High School Musicalâ€™s â€œBreaking Freeâ€ came on and members were held up in the air.
The football team had no problem rallying the crowd when they entered the stage. They had silly and smooth moves inÂ their routine, incorporating Darth Vader masks at the beginning, but ultimately moving on to perform Disneyâ€™s Frozen â€”blonde wig and all.
Menâ€™s soccer, another judge favorite, was hilariously unique. They entered the stage wearing jorts and cut off jean vests, performing scandalous and fierce moves. They definitely pleased the crowd â€”are we sure they didnâ€™t have a choreographer?
Menâ€™s tennis took to the BJCâ€™s stage in matching neon tie-dye outfits, which was a costume favorite. They impersonated Kung Fu Panda and even had an entertainingly awkward couple dance to â€œA Whole New Worldâ€ from Aladdin. The best part was when they conformed into human steps and one of their memberâ€™s ran across and jumped off the â€œsteps.â€
Womenâ€™s volleyball also did a good job in impressing the judges. Their routine was one of the most original. They were dressed as felines and danced to a theater piece, then showed off their dance skills to more contemporary jams.
Finally, the judges announced that menâ€™s gymnastics, womenâ€™s volleyball, and menâ€™s soccer would be moving on to the final round. The crowd eventually chose menâ€™s gymnastics as the winner after each team performed once more.
Throughout the pep rally there were heart-warming messages from celebrities and sports teams that could not attend, which reminded the BJC of why we THON.
Congratulations to menâ€™s gymnastics!