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By Sue Boswell

Correspondent

PEPPERELL -- A great family show full of energetic music and hip hop dancing is coming in the Nissitissit Middle School Band's Spring fundraiser March 22 from 7-8 p.m.

This is the first time such a show is being held in Pepperell. Fifty percent of the ticket price will go directly to the Pepperell Parents Pro Musica, the NMS band parent fundraising support group; and 50 percent will go to JaredsFight.org, to aid in research to fight Sanfilippo Syndrome.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sanfilippo syndrome is metabolism disorder that makes the body unable to properly break down long chains of sugar molecules called glycosaminoglycans (formerly called mucopolysaccharides).

Michael Maley, 16, lives in Pepperell and attends NMRHS. His brother Patrick attends NMS and is a member of the Concert and Jazz Bands. The Phunk group and Michael readily agreed to partner with PPPM for this fundraiser.

The mission at Phunk is called HIP HOP FOR HOPE. Reia Briggs-Connor, the owner of Phunk Phenomenon Dance Complex, has a son, Jared, with Sanfilippo Syndrome. All of Phunk's companies dance to raise awareness in hopes of finding a treatment or cure.

Michael started hip-hop dance lessons when he was 8 at a studio in Nashua, N.H. As time went on, Michael continued to dance and when Phunk Phenomenon returned from competing on MTV's ABDC (America's Best Dance Crew) Season 6, they offered a workshop.


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Michael said, "I attended the workshop and have been there ever since. This is my third year at the studio and second year in the two TeenPhunk companies."

When asked about his favorite part of this group, Michael said the high levels of skill in all of his friends makes everyone want to push themselves to achieve new things. The positive vibes in the studio make it feel like home.

If you have not seen Michael perform, now is your chance He has danced in about 15 shows and is glad to be doing one in his town. Michael said so far, only two of his friends have seen him dance. He tries not to get nervous before a show, but focuses his energy and excitement on getting pumped up for the performance.

Michael's advice for other kids who are interested in this style of dancing is this: "I would tell them to definitely come to Phunk because the teachers at this studio are so good at taking kids that have a passion in this style of dance and turning them into something incredible."

PPPM's goal for this fundraiser is to raise $5,000. The money raised for the band is used in many different ways. It subsidizes buses to several music festivals each year, purchases instruments needed by the band, has a financial aid program in place to help people during difficult times continue with their music lessons, funds the artist-in-residence program at Nissitissit and whatever else the program needs.

Show your support for the band program and Sanfilippo children by coming out and enjoying a night of hip-hop dance with these incredibly talented kids and adults.

Tickets are on sale now for the March 22 show. There is limited seating so please purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $12 the night of the show.

Contact Kris Maley at kmmaley@charter.net or 978-433-5945 for tickets or information.