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Block 3: It’s Britney, Block

Clare Proctor and Victoria Lee

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Stretching into the early hours of Saturday morning, Britney Spears and will.i.am’s “Scream & Shout” blared into the Dance Marathon tent as dancers kicked off the third block of the 30-hour event.

Block 3, themed “It’s Britney, Block,” was the first lockdown block, meaning the tent was closed to outside visitors. At this point, some dancers were offered the chance to get foot massages.

As the seventh hour began, Weinberg sophomore Anam Furrukh said she was “still going strong.”

The emcees then welcomed Refresh Dance Crew, a Northwestern dance group, to the DM stage. Weinberg senior Sterling Harris has been on the dance team since his freshman year, and said this was the first year Refresh has been invited to perform. The performance in the DM tent felt like a “concert-type setting,” Harris added.

“It’s more energy,” he said. “The more energy we get, the more energy we give out when we perform. It’s a win-win situation.”

The dance group “really felt the beat,” said Weinberg freshman Ari Mostow. Nearing the one-third mark of completing DM, however, Mostow said he was starting to doubt if he had the stamina to make it through the event.

During the block, students watched the third celebrity video of the night, which featured Lisa Joy, the co-creator and showrunner of “Westworld,” an american thriller series on HBO. She sent her support to the dancers before presenting a few short clips of “Westworld” actors busting some of their own dance moves, which were met with cheers from those in the DM tent.

After another hour filled with tired dancing and old pop hits, the finance committee revealed that the DM community performed 517 hours of service this year. They celebrated the accomplishment by dancing to Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl,” complete with a bit where some committee members threw fake money into the air.

Weinberg sophomore Reilly Knoer said she didn’t like the Britney Spears theme as much as the others because she had “no ways to dress like Britney.” Rounding out the third block, Knoer said she doesn’t know how she’s going to survive the 30 hours, but she said she’s heard “power naps are key.”

“It’s funny that people are still high-energy, even though it’s like 2 or 3 in the morning,” Knoer said. “It’s cool to see everyone excited, even though I am very tired.”

Read more of The Daily’s coverage of Dance Marathon here.

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