TAMPA - A local dance studio says their young students paid to take a class with a pro, but the owner of Dance Evolutions called on our Taking Action Reporter Jackie Callaway after a no-show and no refund.
Diane Reichardt is a former pro turned instructor. She says her students jumped at the chance to take a master class with professional dancer and reality TV star Victor Smalley.
She and her students paid for two master classes, and they were supposed to be back to back. Reichardt claims Smalley taught one of the classes in October but canceled the other. Smalley's agent offered a make up session November 17, but then canceled again.
The owner of Dance Evolutions says she provided refunds to all the students, some of whom were in tears over the missed opportunity.
Six weeks later, Reichardt said she was still waiting for a refund. By New Year's she worried she'd never see the $400 again. That is when I emailed Victor Smalley's agent.
Andrew Sullivan with Royalty Entertainment Group responded via email. "Our offices are closed from 12/23 to 1/1. Over that time we handled this situation with our accountant."
But hours after I contacted Smalley's agent, he returned the $400 to Dance Evolution's Paypal account.