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San Antonio dance studio owner drowns in Lake Travis over holiday weekend

SAN ANTONIO – The body of a San Antonio man who drowned in Lake Travis on July 4 was found Wednesday morning.

Roger Mendoza, 33, took part in a swim race with friends at Lake Austin but did not surface, his friends said.

Mendoza owned a dance studio, and his closest friends tell KSAT 12 News that he changed lives through his passion for dance.

One of Mendoza’s closest friends, Mauricio Rios, met Mendoza at drag dancing competitions and danced with a River Walk crew.

“I met him and was immediately blown away by his dancing. He was born for the stage,” Rios said.

Rios saw Mendoza become a dance teacher and owner of Studio AVI, synonymous with attitude, vibe and imagination. Rios said Mendoza uses his dance studio to help people gain confidence.

“Roger loved with all his heart. Whether it was friends, family, or business, and the love of dancing, when Roger did something, he did it. not go unnoticed,” Rios said.

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A vigil for Mendoza is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the studio, which is located at 15002 Tradesman Drive, Suite 1. People are encouraged to wear activewear..

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