PEPPERELL -- Are you looking for a fun night out for kids and adults? Do you want to see what this crazy world of hip-hop dance is all about?

Well, we have a show for you. Performing for the very first time in this area, several hip-hop companies from the world-renowned dance studio Phunk Phenomenon will be in Pepperell!

Get your tickets now for this sure to be sold out show.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $12 the night of the show. Contact Kris Maley at or 978-433-5945.

Pepperell Parents Pro Musica, the band-parent organization supporting the fourth- to eighth-grade band program, is excited to announce a unique and high-energy spring fundraiser. On March 22, at 7 p.m. in Nissitissit Middle School, PPPM will host Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Crews for a one-night-only performance. The show was put together to raise funds for the NMS band program and (organization to raise awareness for Sanfilippo Syndrome).

Pepperell connection

Michael Maley, 16, a Pepperell resident and sophomore at North Middlesex Regional High School, will be performing in the March 22 show. Michael started dancing at Phunk when he was 13, doing various styles of hip-hop, from old school and new school to advanced choreo, flipping and break-dancing. He is a member of the two TeenPhunk companies at the studio.


Michael proudly wears his hip-hop FOR HOPE shirts around town, educating people on its meaning when asked.

Phunk Phenomenon will bring several of its hip-hop dance companies to Nissitissit for the show, including LilPhunk, the official junior dance team of the Boston Celtics, TeenPhunk and BigPhunk. The companies perform at many events throughout the year, including various fundraisers, colleges, corporate events, NCAA games and Celtics games.

Elite groups from these companies competed at hip-hop International (considered the Olympics of hip-hop ) in Las Vegas this past August, with LilPhunk bringing home a silver medal and Megacrew bringing home a bronze medal in USA, and LilPhunk coming in fifth in Worlds. Needless to say, there will be a ton of talent on the Nissitissit stage.

Disease without a cure

Phunk Phenomenon Dance Complex, located in Everett, is owned by Reia Briggs Connor, a former New England Patriots Cheerleader, and her husband, Rick Connor, a 14-year member of the Everett Police Department.

Reia and Rick have two boys, Jared, 9, and Aaron, 4. At 2 years old, Jared was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome. Children with Sanfilippo Syndrome are missing an essential enzyme that breaks down a complex body sugar called heparin sulfate. These sugars slowly build up in the brain, stopping normal development and causing hyperactivity, sleep disorders, loss of speech, dementia and typically death before adulthood.

There is no cure or treatment for Sanfilippo. But instead of ending her dance companies in 2007 when Jared was diagnosed, Reia is using hip-hop dancing as a platform to help raise awareness for Sanfilippo Syndrome and, hopefully, aid in research, a treatment or a cure. The movement she created is called "hip-hop FOR HOPE."

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. 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 or 978-433-5945.

Note: Tickets will also be on sale during conference times at Varnum Brook Elementary School and Nissitissit Middle School on March 6 and 7.