When Dave and Kathy Freidig approached Erin Lacina last spring about a project he had in mind, she was nearly speechless.

 


By Mike Bellmore
Journal Features Editor
When Dave and Kathy Freidig approached Erin Lacina last spring about a project he had in mind, she was nearly speechless.
Lacina, who heads up the Just For Kix and Devils Lake Dazzlers dance programs in the community, was told the Freidigs wanted to contribute - in a big, big way.
He was going to buy a vacant building just across the street from Leevers parking lot and eventually turn it into a “home” for Lacina’s dance program.
Because she had been bouncing around to different locations for a number of years with her programs, Freidig felt Lacina needed a place to call her own.
“He told me we involved so many kids and there were no boundaries on what we did, he thought the kids deserved a place of their own,” added Lacina.
There are presently 400 kids in the program, which is up 100 from last year, more evidence of the growing popularity of the program.
The 400 participants comprise 20 different teams.
“Because we’ve had some major growth this year, it would seem to be a good time for a move into a newer building of our own,” added Lacina.
“The new building (which still has a lot of interior work that is needed) is divided into two parts, which enables us to stay close to the kids with much better organization.”
It is also fitting because this is the 10-year anniversary of the program, which Lacina has guided to remarkable heights within a relatively short period of time.
It is now a stable, proven and growing program and will fit into the new building with perfect timing.
The program moved into the new building in early September on steady feet.
Much of the interior work was accomplished by staff, family members and some of Freidig’s contractors.
Much remains to be done yet too, but now the kids actually have a place to call home.
“The kids enjoy it,” added Lacina. “They stand around now and talk and have a good time. The place is theirs.”
Parking is sometimes a bit of a head-scratcher, Lacina added. She says some other things may require some fine-tuning, but she’s determined to make it all work.
The participants range in age from 3-18 and there are four boys in the program as well.
“There’s a real sense of having a home of their own now,” adds Lacina. “There’s a sense of belonging and a lot of excitment and hype.”
“I just can’t say enough about Dave and Kathy. They really give back to the community as quiet supporters.”