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Dance studio locks doors, parents out money

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Some young girls are unable to dance, and their parents are out hundreds of dollars after a dance studio shut down unexpectedly.

This happened after the owner of From The Top School of Dance in Mesquite collected money for lessons, costumes and recital tickets.

Parents received an email from owner Karen Law saying she struggled to keep the business open and could no longer sustain it.

The email referred them to her attorneys, who have told parents Law will be filing for bankruptcy.

"When I found out, I felt like I got kicked in the stomach," parent Tasha Gorman said.

"I was upset," parent Matt McCulloch added. "Then it really hit when I had to tell my daughters and see their reaction. Then it hit home."

Parents had paid hundreds of dollars for costumes for a June recital as well as May fees.

The kids in the school are devastated.

"I was very sad because I like to dance," said dance student Brynley Gorman.

"I just felt like I wasn't going to be able to dance anymore," said dance student Amanda McCulloch.

The community of Mesquite is pulling together for the kids.

Local groups are helping out to make sure the recital still happens on June 8.

"They're all pitching in money and time, and we're going to make this happen for the girls," said Larry Lemieux of the Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation. 

FOX5 found a number for Karen Law and left a message that wasn't returned.

The parents have decided to call their new recital, Our Show Must Go On.

It will be held at the community theater with parents and volunteers working with the kids.

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