Claims made about a former dance instructor at DC Dance Factory in Franklin are being investigated, Franklin police have confirmed.
Parents of students at the highly-regarded dance school brought concerns to police, and currently an active investigation is underway, according to Franklin Police.
“We began investigating after a parent came forward with concerning allegations during the last week of October,” FPD Lt. Charles Warner said. “The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges have not yet been filed. Because of the active nature of this case, the Department will reserve further comment at this time.”
The name of the instructor has not been released by police or the studio, and their bio has been removed from the DC Dance Factory staff page.
There is a claim of at least one inappropriate relationship.
DC Dance provided this statement to WSMV, which broke the story earlier this week after several parents reached out to them asking for their concerns to be looked into.
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.
No charges have been filed, and because of the active investigation police would not comment beyond confirming that there is an active investigation into the matter.