Breaking news: Break the Floor cancels tour out of respect for dancers

A North Carolina dance company is off its national tour after allegations were brought to light by a Star reporter that a dancer with Break the Floor was complicit in assaulting a much younger…

Breaking news: Break the Floor cancels tour out of respect for dancers

A North Carolina dance company is off its national tour after allegations were brought to light by a Star reporter that a dancer with Break the Floor was complicit in assaulting a much younger woman.

Break the Floor leaders reached out to our associates in Charlotte to let them know that we have removed Nancee Johnson from our tours, effective immediately, out of respect for them, the dancers and the company.

Among the concerns raised in the article was that Johnson, while she was appearing with Break the Floor, worked with Star’s Kimberly Smith as a dancer at the BH Dance Experience in the early 2000s. Smith is the sister of retired Carolina Panthers cornerback Michael Smith. The article quotes Kim, as she is known, as saying that she saw Johnson assault that woman and denied ever providing Johnson with any kind of loan, according to the Charlotte Observer.

In a separate story in Star, several former employees have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct and assault.

Bruce Deck, the director of Greenville, N.C.-based Break the Floor, which was founded in 2015 and is based in Charlotte, N.C., issued the following statement on Thursday:

“The trauma that was inflicted on a dance company like Break the Floor cannot be understated. As a force in the arena of modern dance, we were elected to serve as a force for good, two entities that inspire young people to believe in themselves and be their best selves, and for others to share in their artistry, and thereby shine as light on an issue that has long, painful scars. We have been fervently committed to our work and to the wellbeing of our dancers. We can only respond to your trauma with compassion and affirmation and continue to encourage the desire to work hard, be kind, and trust in the best of one another. We feel at peace knowing that the trust we’ve shared with all of you has been put to rest.”

Break the Floor said in a statement on Facebook that none of the incidents that Star is now investigating occurred while members of Break the Floor were dancers with BHTE, nor did they occur while BHTE members were working with Break the Floor.

“The safety and welfare of our dancers is one of our main concerns,” Bowl said. “As such, we have decided to suspend touring until such time as we have fully evaluated the allegations brought forth in Star’s reporting, and are able to assure our dancers that their safety is a priority.”

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