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Teacher Improvises to Raise Funds for New Dance Floor

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – After an eight-year absence, the PACE program is bringing back the Improvolympics on April 4 to raise funds for a new dance floor in its classroom, said Allison Parsley, dance teacher at Mamaroneck High School.

PACE, the Performing Arts Curriculum Experience, is an elective program that offers students four years of study in theater, dance and music. It also offers the opportunity to learn through extracurricular performance and production projects.

The Improvolympics is a performing arts fundraiser in which students, faculty, alumni and parents form teams and compete in dance, music and theater improvisation.

"This used to be a wildly popular event in the PACE department and it is finally coming back after an eight year absence," Parsley wrote in an e-mail. The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation awarded PACE a $16,020 grant for the 2012-13 school year to install a new sprung dance floor.

"Currently, the floor is concrete, which makes the teaching and learning of dance and theatre quite uncomfortable and unsafe for our students' bodies," Parsley wrote. "The grant has brought us within reach of being able to install the new floor, but we still need a few thousand dollars to cover the remaining balance."

Parsley hopes the Improvolympics will raise the remaining $2,000 needed, and cover the cost of other equipment, including a sound mixer and projector.

The event will take place April 4 at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. Before the show, there will be a drawing with "lots of incredible merchandise to win."

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