By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Last month’s water damage caused by burst pipes at Classic Tap Dance Studio was worse than originally thought.
Local families are trying to help out and asking the community for additional assistance.
Siblings Danny Wold and Jane Raddatz had to close their studio at 392 Chemawa Road North for repairs in early December. At the time, Wold hoped the repairs could be made over the studio’s traditional Christmas break.
However, the damage was more extensive – and more expensive – than anticipated.
“We are still closed for business this week and possibly next,” Raddatz wrote on the studio’s Facebook page Monday morning. “We are so sorry this is taking so long. Insurance (companies) are tough to work with and there was way more damage than we thought.”
Raddatz posted another update Monday night for students and their parents.
“We are closed again this week and maybe next,” she wrote. “It’s been a nightmare and all we can say is we are so sorry.”
The damage has led supporters to rally around Wold and Raddatz.
Shannon Shore, whose family has taken lessons at the studio for eight years, is leading the effort to raise funds to help.
“In just the last few years several tragedies have plagued this special group of people,” Shore wrote on a website dedicated to the cause. “During the extreme freezing weather back in December, their ceiling pipes burst flooding half of the studio, causing a partial ceiling collapse in the back studio and office, which is costing around $15,000 to repair…It has now been over a month since they were able to hold classes, which means no income coming in for almost two months, the same regular bills to pay, plus $15,000 in costs for fixing everything.”
A few families got together last month and raised $790, but Shore is hoping for more.
“Many of us have scraped as much as we can together to help already and now I feel it is time to reach farther if we can,” Shore wrote. “Please, if ever there was a time to ‘pay it forward’ it is now. Anything you are able to give will greatly bless these beautiful people in their time of need. Let’s show them how much love and hope is left in the world.”
Those wishing to donate can contact Shore at (503) 999-8456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/bbn3/rescuing-a-beloved-dance-studio.
Shore said Monday it’s been emotional seeing everything Raddatz and Wold have had to deal with.
“Everybody feels so heartbroken for them,” she said. “Even if it’s just something small, we’ve got to do something for them. Everyone’s hearts go out to them. They have just hung on and hung on through everything. It makes me emotional just talking about it.
“You watch them go through one thing after another,” Shore said. “One thing would make the strongest of us crumble. They’ve gone through everything. We want to see some of the good stuff handed back to them, to let them know they are not alone.”
Shore noted Raddatz’s reaction upon hearing of the effort.
“When she first found out about the page that was set up, she broke down in tears,” Shore said. “She was so touched by anyone reaching out. But it feels so inadequate. It seems like such a drop in the bucket for what they need. To not do more was heartbreaking.”