TIGARD, OR (KPTV) — A dance academy in Tigard already hard hit by the pandemic must now figure out what to do to replace about $10,000 worth of costumes that have been stolen.
The Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy says it’s a really bizarre thing that someone stole the costumes, but what it means for their dancers is even harder to deal with than the monetary loss.
These costumes were supposed to be for their next performance of The Nutcracker, which they were going to film this month. It’s a show that normally kicks off the Christmas season, but this year the academy had to wait until now when they planned to film it on DVD for all families.
“The fact that we were able to film it this month was huge for us. It felt like it was going to be a big hit, like we just keep going and now we have the show,” said Brad Hampton, co-owner of the academy.
“I never thought in a million years that shed would be broken into and if it was they’d take all those tutus and so I don’t know if anybody wanted to live out their Nutcracker fantasy or maybe he wanted to sell on eBay or something.
Tigard police said they have gathered information on 40 to 50 stolen suits and are investigating.
The academy says it has received a lot of support from the community and other dance studios. They say several have reached out to lend their own Nutcracker costumes to ensure the show goes on.
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