Thousands of dollars stolen from local dance studio - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Thousands of dollars stolen from local dance studio

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Parents and students of The Elite Dance Studio in Lake Charles are heartbroken after thousands of dollars they raised toward a summer trip to Puerto Rico was stolen Friday during a fundraiser. 

"For someone to walk through those doors, a place that's supposed to be safe and take something from someone who is just like them...it's saddening," said Helen Daniel, executive director of the studio. . 

While the studio's primary focus is competition and dance, Daniel said her role as the leading figure in her students' lives is to show them more than just that. 

"Every year, I take my kids on a trip because I feel like exposing our children to something greater than themselves helps them to become better," said Daniel. 

In years past, they've been as close as New Orleans and as far away as Hawaii. With this year's trip to Puerto Rico, they've been fundraising for months. 

Their most recent fundraiser was on Friday, a community dance at the studio. In a matter of moments, the students say, all their fundraising efforts went down the drain. 

"The dance was going on and my mom had come upstairs and she left someone down there and an individual came in and took the money from her and got in a car and left," said dance student Jamila Daniel.

Daniel contacted police who are now conducting an investigation into the theft. The dancers have come to terms that their money is gone.

"The money's a lost cause we know that," said Jamila. "Once they got that, they ran with it". 

But their determination to get to Puerto Rico is still as strong as before. 

"It's going to take a lot of hard work but we will go on this trip," said Deja Williams. "It's a must and it's going to happen." 

"At the end of the day, the show will go on ... make no doubt about that, it will happen," Daniel said. 

The money that was taken was from Friday's fundraiser, previous fundraiser's and even down payments on the trip, totaling over $2,000. The studio says their fundraising efforts over the next few months will kick into high gear to make sure their trip can become a reality. 

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Senator Bill Cassidy reacts to Obamacare 'Skinny Repeal'

    Senator Bill Cassidy reacts to Obamacare 'Skinny Repeal'

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-07-28 00:48:35 GMT

    It was another day of political gridlock on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate made another push to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republican senators are drafting a proposal which likely won't include any replacement ideas but a "Skinny repeal" that would take out unpopular parts of the Affordable Care Act. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy explained today how the repeal would impact Americans.

    More >>

    It was another day of political gridlock on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate made another push to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republican senators are drafting a proposal which likely won't include any replacement ideas but a "Skinny repeal" that would take out unpopular parts of the Affordable Care Act. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy explained today how the repeal would impact Americans.

    More >>
  • 'Important meeting' on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge set for Aug. 3 in Lake Charles

    'Important meeting' on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge set for Aug. 3 in Lake Charles

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:10 PM EDT2017-07-28 00:10:14 GMT

    For years we've heard about the need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. There is a time line and an upcoming public meeting is part of the process of determining what will happen and when. Though the discussion is usually about a new I-10 bridge, the proposed project includes improvements between I-10 and 210 interchanges. The bridge has safety issues because of how steep it is, congestion,  no shoulders and short entrance ramps that don't meet today's design ...

    More >>

    For years we've heard about the need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. There is a time line and an upcoming public meeting is part of the process of determining what will happen and when. Though the discussion is usually about a new I-10 bridge, the proposed project includes improvements between I-10 and 210 interchanges. The bridge has safety issues because of how steep it is, congestion,  no shoulders and short entrance ramps that don't meet today's design ...

    More >>
  • Authorities working to cap natural gas leak along La. 397, no threat to public

    Authorities working to cap natural gas leak along La. 397, no threat to public

    Thursday, July 27 2017 7:40 PM EDT2017-07-27 23:40:07 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Authorities are working to cap a "minor" gas leak on La. 397. Dick Gremillion, with the Office of Emergency Preparedness, says a small amount of excess natural gas had to be released at the corner of Farm Road and La. 397. The pipeline that was leaking has been shut in and is undergoing repairs. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Authorities are working to cap a "minor" gas leak on La. 397. Dick Gremillion, with the Office of Emergency Preparedness, says a small amount of excess natural gas had to be released at the corner of Farm Road and La. 397. The pipeline that was leaking has been shut in and is undergoing repairs. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly