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January 13, 2014

Hip-hoppers raise $500 for Gronsky school dancers

DANVILLE — As if by fate, $500 was needed and that’s what was raised.

“He (instructor Hidi Horikoshi) raised $500 and that was exactly what we needed to raise,” said Karen Gronsky, owner of Karen Gronsky School of Dance in Danville, Monday.

It was Horikoshi’s idea to raise the money to rent facilities to practice for their upcoming performance at a Philadelphia 76ers game March 1. He decided to teach hip-hop for two hours Jan. 4.

“We had almost 50 participants,” Gronsky said of the older children through adults who showed up.

“Instead of passing along fees to parents, Hidi came up with the idea,” she said of the Bloomsburg University graduate student.

Her dance school will rent practice facilities from the Danville Area School District.

“We wanted to rehearse on a basketball court,” Gronsky said of the nearly 70 dancers expected to make the trip to Philadelphia.

The day they will present a pre-game show is the same day the jersey of Allen Iverson will be retired, she said.

The Gronsky dancers, ranging from age 4 to her instructors, will be featured for five minutes and will do a mix of music.

This will be their third appearance at a 76ers game.

Last year, they were invited to and presented a show at a Harlem Globetrotters game.

They usually have between three and five busloads from Danville going to a game.

Right now, she said, they probably have three buses of supporters committed. “I’m sure it will go up,” she said of the numbers.

The dancers will present their Philadelphia show during halftime of the Danville High School boys’ basketball game on Valentine’s Day.

They recently staged a “Crazy Christmas at the Movies” show at Bloomsburg University.

“The Christmas program was awesome. We packed Mitrani Hall — there were so many people there,” Gronsky said.

Select classes performed at a Christmas Miracle Makeover Gala at Spyglass Ridge Winery.

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