Break the Floor cancels tour amid sexual assault allegations

D.C. dance company Break the Floor has canceled its upcoming tour, with one company member already departing and a further one departing the touring company for unrelated reasons, both amid a HOH investigation into…

Break the Floor cancels tour amid sexual assault allegations

D.C. dance company Break the Floor has canceled its upcoming tour, with one company member already departing and a further one departing the touring company for unrelated reasons, both amid a HOH investigation into alleged sexual assault and harassment complaints by several company dancers.

On Tuesday, Break the Floor terminated the employment of Travis Wall, the company’s artistic director and principal dancer. On Wednesday, the company announced the cancellation of its spring tour, in which Washington and Break the Floor are a featured company.

“As CEO, I am constantly evaluating our company’s options, the safety of our dancers, and the lessons to be learned from past events,” said Chris Trimble, Break the Floor’s founder and CEO, in a Wednesday statement on the cancellation of the tour. “All questions regarding the true meaning of cultural shifts and institutions without accountability for employees is because some people are still not being supported by their own leadership.”

On Dec. 2, multiple members of Break the Floor’s “Ballet at the Edge” talent search told HOH that several dancers who were never chosen for the search said they were victims of sexual harassment and assault while working for the company.

According to one of the dancers, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the situation, the dancers who are no longer with the company told him or her that they were afraid of repercussions if they spoke out about a hostile work environment during the audition process.

Additionally, several dancers told HOH they were caught up in a hostile work environment that made it unsafe for them to be in the company — including many allegations of assault, inappropriate comments and being yelled at, forced to watch explicit videos, and repeatedly being told to say specific things on the job.

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