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Do the Macarena: Help the Arts at Easton School

EASTON, Conn. – Tessa Zimmerman remembers trying to do dance classes in the hallways at Easton Country Day School . "It was very distracting for the kindergartners," she said.

Tessa also said it's hard to put on a production with only 25 students in the high school. So, to help raise money and to bring out the community, Easton Country Day students are testing their theory that the Macarena can be danced to any song. The event – "The Macarena Project" — will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 30 at the Easton Community Center Gazebo. It is part of National Dance Day , and tapes will be submitted to the event's "so you think you can dance" website.

Donating their professional services will be Matt Pagliaro, founder and CEO of Two Basses and a Harmonica Productions LLC, and Barbara March, executive producer of Wing Media LLC . The Easton Village Store will provide food and beverages. DJ Denise Howard will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon.

On Sunday, Tessa and the other directors of the event went to Steps in New York City to learn new moves to add to the Macarena. A total of 10 to 12 genres of dances will be performed in costume to songs by Britney Spears and Marilyn Manson, among others.

"It shows the school in a playful nature and in a creative atmosphere," said student Lexi Foley. "Can you dance to it? The answer is always, always 'yes.'"

Tessa and Lexi are part of Students' CREATE , or Coalition for the Reinforcing Enrichment of Adolescents Through Expression. The group is made up of past and present Easton Country Day students dedicated to the creative arts. The organization was formed to branch out in the arts beyond the school. Project Macarena is the group's first venture into fundraising and community building.

Tessa and Lexi said they would like the see a more extensive art program at the school with more teachers, equipment and space. The high school students borrow supplies and the art teacher from the younger students.

"There are a lot of talented students. We want to be able to support them," said Lexi. The school has many talented singers and is starting its own record company, she said. But they currently drive to Rye to record their music. "We're trying to make the school sustainable."

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