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UK Staff, Faculty to Host Virtual DanceBlue Dance Party!

people dancing at a previous DanceBlue Dance Party held at the Boone Center.
A DanceBlue Dance Party held at the Boone Center prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2021) — Each year University of Kentucky's DanceBlue is made possible with the help of smaller “mini” events across the state that lead up to the 24-hour dance marathon happening this spring.

In preparation for DanceBlue 2021 that is being held virtually this year April 10, UK staff and faculty are looking forward to hosting the annual Staff & Faculty DanceBlue Dance Party mini.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 25, via Zoom.

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 this year will feature a presentation by the DanceBlue committee team, as well as the following:

  • teaching of segments of the line dance to participants;
  • patient stories and video;
  • department fundraising winner from the Office of the President; and 
  • final reveal of the total amount of money raised by our UK family.

There are a couple ways to participate and support:

  1. Participate as a virtual dancer or an observer.
    • $10 donation entry fee into the Zoom event for all participants and observers.
    • Zoom link will be provided to eligible participants closer to date.
  2. The UK department to raise the most money will receive a “prize” hosted by the Office of the President, featuring President Eli Capilouto.
  3. Funds can be donated through the website.

The department fundraising prize will be awarded to the college or unit that raises the most money and will be awarded at the conclusion of the online event.

For questions, please contact Caitlin DiBiasie at caitlin.dibiasie@Uky.edu.

For more information about DanceBlue, please visit www.danceblue.org. Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/UKDanceBlue.

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 http://getinvolved.uky.edu/center-community-outreach.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.