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WCS students dance the night away - for charity

WARRENSBURG - After the crowd gyrated to the last song early Sunday morning of the first-ever Warrensburg Marathon Dance, local high school student Bryana Engle talked about the all-night event during which she lost her voice - singing, shouting and celebrating.

"Everyone was so enthusiastic, and the music was awesome," she said in a croaky whisper.

Junior Camille DeLongis agreed.

"I had a blast," she said, noting she had danced nearly all night, except for a couple of breaks when she laid down on the dance floor to combat exhaustion. "Everyone had a great time."

Lilly Hough of Lake George High School also had danced frenetically for nearly the entire 12-hour experience, and said enjoyed meeting her peers from a neighboring school.

"This was so much fun," she said. "Particularly the dance-off and there were a lot of games."

The Dance Marathon was held as a charity fundraiser, and it included dancing from 7 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at 7 a.m. in the Warrensburg High School Gymnasium.

Open to parents and the public from 7 to 11 p.m., during which bids were placed in silent auctions for goods and services donated by area businesses.

While most of the students time was spent on the dance floor, resting areas and food were provided in the school through the night to restore the dancers' energy.

WCS Junior Brandon Combs said the 12-hour event was more than just a joyful all-night social experience. Of all the students, he raised the most money of all for the five charities to benefit from the dance: the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, Mitochondrial Hope & Help Fund, Cindy's Comfort Camp, High Peaks Hospice, and the North Country Hardship Fund. Brandon Combs alone raised more than $900.

For weeks, Brandon had canvassed friends, relatives, businesses and members of the Warrensburg Fire Co. - he is a junior member - for support of the dance's charities. Since November, he carried a sign-up sheet with him nearly everywhere.

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