I love DanceBlue. I love everything about it. The people, the energy, the inspiration and, most of all, the kids.

Four years ago, I fell in love with this organization, and I haven’t looked back. Since then, I have been lucky to experience different aspects and dynamics of DanceBlue through being a part of 3 different committees. First, Morale Committee, where my partner and I lead a morale group on the floor of DB16, which was incredible. Second, as the Mini Marathons Coordinator, where I worked with high school students to put on hype mini versions of DanceBlue. Finally, this year, I serve DanceBlue as a Dancer Relations Coordinator, where I act as a liaison between DanceBlue committee and the most passionate team captains. All three positions have had something in common – I get to tell others how much I love DanceBlue.

This year, I have learned so much about the “behind the scenes” of DanceBlue, through exploring new ways to educate, recruit, diversify and communicate with DanceBlue’s dancers. We (as in my fellow Dancer Relations Coordinator, Colton Fields, and amazing Dancer Relations Chair, Amanda Gilles) started off this year asking dozens of student organizations to join the fight against pediatric cancer by creating a team for DB18. Over 140 teams joined DanceBlue this year, and almost a third of them were new teams! We meet with every team captain to answer their questions and help them raise up an excited, dedicated team. Throughout the months leading up to DanceBlue, we hold meetings to keep the team captains up to date on all the crazy things going on with DanceBlue!

Getting to know these team captains and encouraging them has been my favorite part of this position because not only can we bond over our love for DanceBlue, but we also get to share the stories and experiences that have lead us to getting involved in this organization. It blows my mind that DanceBlue impacts students all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky while helping children and their families fight pediatric cancer.

I love DanceBlue—love everything about it!

FTK always,

Frances Tracy