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Nehring proclaims June 23 Marysville Family YMCA 360 Break Dance Competition Day

DJ Preston Dwoskin, left, receives a proclamation declaring June 23 as Marysville Family YMCA 360 Break Dance Competition Day from Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring. - Courtesy photo.
DJ Preston Dwoskin, left, receives a proclamation declaring June 23 as Marysville Family YMCA 360 Break Dance Competition Day from Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.
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MARYSVILLE — Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring recently signed and presented to DJ Preston Dwoskin a proclamation declaring Saturday, June 23, as Marysville Family YMCA 360 Break Dance Competition Day.

This proclamation honors the 360 Break Dance Competition, a popular regional event started at the Marysville Family YMCA, which will take place this year at Totem Middle School on June 23.

The annual event is staged by the Marysville YMCA's Minority Achievers Program, and is purported to be the second-largest break-dancing event in Washington state, drawing upwards of 800 competitors, DJs, volunteers and spectators from throughout Snohomish County and Washington state, and even, in some cases, from across the country. Last year's event alone had dancers from Oregon, California, New York, Alaska and even Korea.

The competition, which awards monetary prizes to its winners, was created to help keep young people off the streets and out of crime, and to provide them with a safe, welcoming place to express themselves creatively through dance.

At the June 11 Marysville City Council meeting, Nehring lauded the event for providing a real-life venue for bringing diverse groups together to work toward achieving a common goal. He went on to note the leadership development opportunity, team-building and management skills it provides to the young people who plan, promote and run the event.

Doors open for 360's 10th anniversary at 5 p.m. on June 23 at Totem Middle School, located at 1605 Seventh St. in Marysville, while the prelims are set to start at 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 and crew-versus-crew battles are limited to 10 dancers each. The grand prize this year is $3,600.

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