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Marysville YMCA hosts breakdancing benefit for teen's medical expenses

MARYSVILLE — How well known is the Marysville YMCA among breakdancers?

A number of those who showed up to the Marysville YMCA's Oct. 10 "SOS Lottery Jam" didn't even realize that a charity benefit was going on. They just visit the local Y out of habit.

Lake Stevens High School senior Dominique-Jean Dacoco organized the breakdancing battle for a friend from Bremerton, to cover the costs of his treatment for aplastic anemia.

"He was the one who actually inspired me to breakdance, so I wanted to return the favor," said Dacoco, who declined to name his friend. They started out as family friends, but bonded over the years through their breakdancing. As for his choice of venue for the event, Dacoco deemed the Marysville YMCA an ideal location.

"Everyone knows where it is," Dacoco said. "The floor is good, and Marysville is known for its traditional breakdancers."

Dacoco estimated that at least 89 breakdancers had signed up, including several from Seattle and some from such unlikely locations as San Diego and Texas.

"When I heard about that, I was like, 'Whoa,'" said Dacoco, who got the word out through online social networks, including MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

Both breakdancers and spectators paid $5 per head at the door, but additional donations were also received.

John Molina lives in Oregon now, but the former Marysville resident made an appearance at the Y to support his friend Dacoco's cause. Richard Quiles hails from Puerto Rico and heard about the breakdancing battle through the Internet, while one of his battle partners, 13-year-old A.J. Imaldhay, lives locally in Marysville.

"It was easy," Imaldhay said of his first breakdancing battle.

Seattle's Crystal Quan wasn't even entirely sure which cause the event was supporting. She simply appreciates any opportunity to express herself through breakdancing. Fellow Seattleite Eric Lee values charity just as much as breakdancing, which he did to help fund breast cancer research last year.

"Hip-hop is all about helping each other," Lee said.

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