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SOUTH GLENS FALLS — There are no mountains too high to climb and no hurdles the South Glens Falls High School students won’t jump to continue a more-than-four-decade legacy of dancing to help others.

A legacy of self-sacrifice and dancing until students almost drop are made all in the hopes of the South High Marathon Dance raising thousands upon thousands of dollars for the community.

So a Friday snowstorm that closed school during the day did not hinder the planned dance’s opening ceremony at 7 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium.

And at a little before 7 p.m., some of the 800 dancers were already at it, dancing to the “Cha-Cha Slide” and warming up the crowd already waiting in the surrounding bleachers.

“Slide to the left, slide to the right, criss-cross, cha cha real smooth ... cha cha now, y’all.”

By 6:55 p.m., it was the Village People’s “YMCA” with all the moves the fundraising dancers could muster. Laughing, twirling, beads swirling — the energy was heart-pumping palpable and the bleachers shook along with the pounding bass.

The dancers kept forming the M’s and Y’s with their arms, while many of the 42 recipients entered the space reserved for them to enjoy the performance.

Right at 7 p.m., the packed floor of dancers separated, forming an aisle down the middle of the gym from one end to the other. After a video going through SHMD history and a rolling roll call of each class, the Lake George Drumline’s fast moving electric blue-lighted drumsticks and precisioned beat welcomed everyone to the 41st Annual South High Marathon Dance.

At the far end of the gym, a large, about-to-erupt volcano appeared to breathe smoke and their slogan, “I wanna dance like nobody’s around” rimmed the top of the bleachers.

“How intensely proud I am of all you do and all you have accomplished. So often people say in the face of somebody’s strife, ‘what can I do?’” said Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner to the dancers. “What you demonstrate is there is always something we can do. You touch people’s lives and you change people’s lives.”

The South High Marathon Dance will continue through Saturday night at 10:30 p.m., and according to their schedule posted on, this year’s awards and totals will be at 7:30 p.m.

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at for comments or story ideas.



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