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Merrimack Valley

February 10, 2013

Show must go on

Despite accident, fire, theft, dancer hopes for recital

LAWRENCE — Joseph G. Dussault is performer who believes the show must go on.

Dussault, owner of the Dance Education Center in Lawrence, is recuperating from injuries he suffered after a hit-and-run accident on Essex Street. If that wasn’t enough, the dance studio was broken into and his computer was stolen with years worth of dance information. Bad luck struck again when the three-story brick building at 125 S. Broadway where the studio was located was destroyed by a four-alarm fire on Jan. 24. The building also housed Wheels ‘N Reels bicycle shop and a beauty salon.

Fire Chief Jack Bergeron said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Despite the string of misfortunes, Dussault, 66, does not want to cancel the June recital at the Rogers Center in June. With the help of his cousin, Cynthia Reid and secretary Denise Velez they are hoping to find a dance teacher and space to help students continue learning the where his students can rehearse.

“Dance is for the masses, and if someone would help, we can succeed and do the best we can, no matter what happens,” Dussault said from his hospital bed.

Dussault suffered a fractured toe and leg, blunt trauma to the head, broken hip, bruises all over his face and scratches on his right arm and wrist from when the car dragged him.

“I don’t remember anything about (the accident). I just remember waking up here,” he said.

His cousin Cynthia Reid and studio staffers did not know his whereabouts for two days until they called area hospitals and found him.

“I just remember flying in my car, crying, and saying, ‘Oh my God, What is going to happen?,” Reid said when she heard about the fire. “I just couldn’t believe it. I was devastated.”

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