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UK Campus Unites to Support DanceBlue

photo of staff dancing at DanceBlue Faculty & Staff party
DanceBlue Staff & Faculty Dance Party graphic

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2020) The annual University of Kentucky's DanceBlue event is made possible with the help of smaller events across the state that lead up to UK’s 24-hour dance marathon in the spring. These events are held at elementary, middle and high schools to provide a sense of community within the Commonwealth.

As DanceBlue 2020 approaches, UK staff and faculty are preparing for the fifth annual Staff & Faculty DanceBlue Dance Party. The theme this year is "DanceBlue Disco Party." Participants are encouraged to wear bell bottoms and boogie shoes.

The event is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Ballroom C of the Gatton Student Center.

These smaller events have been highly successful as participants come together “For the Kids” in an effort to support the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

The UK Staff & Faculty DanceBlue Dance Party will feature a presentation by the DanceBlue leadership team, as well as the following:

  • teaching of a line dance;
  • patient stories and video;
  • games and "Just Dance" video;
  • the Final Reveal of the total amount of money raised by the DanceBlue Dance Party;
  • “Best Spirit” prize; and 
  • food.

Ways to participate include:

  1. Buy a T-shirt to support the Staff & Faculty DanceBlue Dance Party
  2.  Participate as a dancer or an observer and enjoy fun dancing and free food
    • $10 entry fee for all participants and observers

Funds can be donated through the website or brought on the day of the event.

The “Best Spirit” prize will be awarded to the college or unit that raises the most money and will be awarded at the conclusion of the Dance Party. The winner will be invited to attend a special event hosted by President Eli Capilouto.

For questions, contact Caitlin Durbin at

For more information about DanceBlue, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit

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