Dance Academy show will go on – at Downey High auditorium

06/11/2014 7:44 PM

06/12/2014 3:47 PM

The Dance Academy performances, which had been slated for the Gallo Center for the Arts, will be held Saturday in the Downey High School auditorium, a spokesman said.

The studio’s “Happy Birthday” production will be staged at noon and 7 p.m. Saturday at Downey, said dance instructor Ginger Sharp. Students of the Modesto dance school, age 3 to adults, will perform different genres of dance: jazz, tap, hip-hop and a “Wizard of Oz” ballet piece.

Crews are repairing flood damage at the Gallo Center in downtown Modesto. A water leak at the second-floor concession stand flooded the center Sunday and early Monday morning.

Damage to the upper and lower lobby areas was extensive, while the theaters escaped major damage.

Lynn Dickerson, chief executive officer of the Gallo Center, said the dance show had to be moved because demolition work has made the back portion of the lobby inaccessible to the public. “We aren’t able to safely get patrons in and out of the theaters while this work is under way,” Dickerson said in an email.

Dickerson said she hopes that phase of work is completed by June 20 so other scheduled shows can proceed at the Gallo Center.

The center is making staff available and loaning equipment to the nonprofit Dance Academy to stage the performances at Downey.

“The Gallo Center was great, and Modesto City Schools stepped up and moved quickly to provide us with a facility this weekend,” Sharp said. “These kids have worked hard, and they deserve to have a show.”

The annual event raises money for Sierra Vista Child and Family Services.

People who purchased Gallo Center tickets for the dance show should bring them Saturday, Sharp said. Tickets are available for $15 at the door. Check for further details at www.thedanceacademyonline.com.

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