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Phunk Phenomenon dance group comes to Pepperell!

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. Back by popular demand, 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 kmmaley1@gmail.com or 978-433-5945 for tickets.

Pepperell Parents Pro Musica, the band parent organization supporting the fourth-through-eighth-grade band program, is excited to announce the unique and high energy spring fundraiser. On March 28 at 7 p.m. at 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 JaredsFight.org (organization to raise awareness for Sanfilippo Syndrome, also known as MPS III).

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, Phunk All Stars, and BigPhunk. The companies perform at many events throughout the year, including various fundraisers, colleges, corporate events, NCAA games and Celtics games.

An elite group from these companies competed at Hip-Hop International (considered the Olympics of Hip-Hop) in Las Vegas this past August. Another group performed at the MPS convention and downtown Disney in December, and the All Star company just recently performed at the Pulse Dance Convention in Boston. Needless to say, there will be a ton of talent on the Nissitissit stage.

Michael Maley, 17, a Pepperell resident and junior at North Middlesex Regional High School will be performing. Michael started dancing at Phunk when he was 13 doing various styles of hip-hop, from old and new school, house and reggae to advanced choreo, flipping and break-dancing. He is a member of the Phunk All Stars company at the studio.

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 15-year member of the Everett Police Department.

Reia and Rick have two sons, Jared, 10, and Aaron, 5. At the age of 2, 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 for Sanfilippo at this time, but the first clinical trial of an enzyme replacement therapy for MPS IIIB just began in January, giving hope to these families.

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 kmmaley1@gmail.com or 978-433-5945 for tickets or information.

— Kris Maley, NMS PPPM, Pepperell Parents Pro Musica and Sue Boswell