Marathoners, at Palmer Dixon, Will Dance the Afternoon Away

Organizers of the second annual Currier House dance marathon expect more than 100 participants to compete in the event today at the Palmer Dixon Courts.

Dancing begins at 1 p.m. and continues through 1 a.m. The marathoners will get a 10-minute rest every hour and a half-hour dinner break. Competitors must dance at least six hours to be eligible for prizes.

Organizers hope to match last year's $10,000 fundraising total. Half the proceeds from this year's event will benefit Jefferson Park, a North Cambridge housing project, and the rest of the funds are earmarked for community programs run by Harvard houses.

A grand prize Bermuda trip for two and some 40 other prizes will be awarded in early March based on the amount of money each dancer raises. Co-Master of Ceremonies Elizabeth Goodman '84 said yesterday.

President Bok, Currier House Master Dudley R. Herschbach '56 and Cambridge Mayor Leonard J. Russell will attend a short ceremony to the marathon, said Robert A. Schlesinger, chairman of the logistics committee. "We're hoping we can get them all on the dance floor to at least begin the marathon." Schlesinger added.

A group of break dancers from Jefferson Park will precede the dance with an exhibition.

Three Harvard bands--The Deviants, Robespierre and Jane's Parents--and a discjockey group will perform for the dancers. Non-marathoners can get on the dance floor for a $2 charge, Schlesinger said.

Shuttle buses will run between Currier House and Palmer Dixon (via Lamont library and the Indoor Athletic Building) every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and back from the dance to the Square and the Quad between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.