FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) –
A teacher at a Franklin dance school is being investigated by local police and the state.
Parents allege the teacher at DC Dance Factory had an ongoing inappropriate relationship with at least one student.
At least four different families reached out to News 4 asking us to investigate possible sexual relationships with a student. The teacher is no longer listed on the dance school’s website.
DC Dance Factory issued a statement Monday night saying the instructor had been fired:
Several weeks ago, the Franklin Police Department notified DC Dance Factory that it was investigating a reported inappropriate relationship between a studio staff member and one of our beloved senior company dancers. In response to these devastating allegations, we immediately took the necessary step of severing all ties with the former staff member, as this behavior is not tolerated under any circumstances. Soon after meeting with the Franklin Police Department, we met with our dance families to inform them of the investigation and that we had severed all ties with the instructor in question.
We cannot begin to express the depth of our sorrow and heartache regarding this situation. For 25 years, DC Dance has been a positive and uplifting force in the lives of hundreds of dance students. The DC Dance community is a strong family, and DC Dance assures our families, parents, students and alumni that it remains committed to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for its students.
News 4 is not naming the teacher because they have not been arrested or charged with any sexual misconduct. State criminal records show they have been arrested multiple times over the years for violating probation, driving under the influence, underage drinking, and having drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Parents said the dance studio had a meeting with parents to address the allegations about a week ago.