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Celebrity dancer comes to aid of Roseville studio

Dance Gallery 2 struggling to fund county mandates
By: Toby Lewis, Press Tribune correspondent
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“So You Think You Can Dom” dance workshop

Who: Children ages 8 and above

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. for children 8-12; 11:30 a.m. for children 13 to adults

Where: Mesa Verde Performing Arts Center, 7600 Lauppe Lane, Citrus Heights

Cost: $45 each dancer

Info: www.dancegallery2.com; (916) 771-0775

A Roseville dance studio facing possible closure is drawing on a local celebrity to help satisfy Placer County mandates and stay in business.

The “Pave the Way” campaign is the brainchild of Lucy McLemore, owner and proprietor of Dance Gallery 2, a private dance studio built in a refurbished garage on a 20-acre ranch just on the outskirts of Roseville.

Located on Baseline Road at the western edge of Placer County, Dance Gallery 2 is looking to expand into a new building and, McLemore said, is required by the county to build a new road and make certain commercial upgrades in order to continue to operate.

She said the purpose of the campaign is to provide a new turning lane and alleviate potential traffic dangers on the busy road, which is used heavily by commuters and carries a speed limit of 55 mph.

“(Right now), there aren’t really any problems, it’s just that the traffic is changing as Roseville is growing,” McLemore said. “We’re getting more and more traffic that is congesting the area. It is the projected future that the county is concerned about.”

McLemore said she is very willing to meet the county requirements for the new road and turning lane, but she is concerned about funding the project and meeting the July 1 deadline in order to continue to operate her business.

“We are a ‘mom-and-pop’ type operation,” she said. “I’m the sole proprietor, and building a road is a huge project, and a very costly project.”

To help alleviate some of that cost, Woodcreek High School graduate-turned-celebrity Dominic Sandoval will be hosting an exclusive dance workshop this Saturday.

Sandoval, who also goes by the name “D-Trix,” grew up learning to dance at Dance Gallery 2 and made a name for himself as a contestant on season three of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Sandoval has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is now a judge on MTVs “America’s Best Dance Crew.” He also hosts his own YouTube channel entitled “The Dominic Show,” which has more than one million subscribers.

“He’ll be teaching a workshop for anyone who has a desire to dance, from hip-hop to contemporary,” McLemore said. “He’s going to teach a variety of choreography, and in two sessions.”

McLemore said Sandoval is taking his own personal time to teach the classes this weekend because Dance Gallery 2 holds a special place in his heart.

“Dance Gallery 2 was a home to me before my entire career here in Hollywood,” Sandoval said in an email. “Miss Lucy and Doug were like second parents for me. My career would be nothing if it weren’t for them. The least I can do is come home and support by teaching workshops.”

The workshop will take place in two sessions and is open to anyone from ages 8 up to adults.

The entire $45 entry fee will go to the “Pave the Way” campaign in order to fund the new turning lane and road, McLemore said.

Additional commercial requirements, such as a 10,000-gallon water tank and a commercial well and watering system, will also be funded by the “Pave the Way” campaign, McLemore said.

“We have a lot of expenses that a normal business wouldn’t have because we’re here out on our own ranch,” McLemore said. “And this is what our people love. They love coming out to this area and not having to go downtown, or to a strip mall. Our dance studio has become a place where many children have grown up.”

Toby Lewis is a freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter @TobLewis.