Dancer of US company removed from tour after sex abuse allegations

The US dancer Nick Lazzarini was pulled from a national tour of his company’s dance theatre after learning that a male dancer in its chorus was involved in sexual misconduct. Lazzarini is the leader…

Dancer of US company removed from tour after sex abuse allegations

The US dancer Nick Lazzarini was pulled from a national tour of his company’s dance theatre after learning that a male dancer in its chorus was involved in sexual misconduct.

Lazzarini is the leader of Nineteen Eighty-Four Theatre, a part of the New York Dance Theatre, which was exposed for sexually abusing a former male dancer from 2015 to 2017.

According to a statement from the ballet company, Nineteen Eighty-Four was cancelled as a part of an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

Lazzarini said he learned of sexual misconduct allegations against a previous male ensemble member after meeting with elders of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

“Although there was never direct or plausible evidence of bad intent on my part, I deeply regret not dealing with this issue sooner,” he said in a statement. “I know that I too could have been more open about the impact of my past experiences and responsibilities going forward, including when I spoke to the elders of Nineteen Eighty-Four about my feelings of anxiety and doubt.”

Nineteen Eighty-Four dance theatre statement. Photograph: Zachary Sollace/NYDance Theatre

The company also announced that former principal dancer Graham Dahl would be tapped to perform on tour in the ensemble alongside the male dancer from 2015 to 2017.

In February, Nineteen Eighty-Four theatre confirmed that Lazzarini had been notified of “allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour” and had alerted police.

A national tour for the company’s Broadway tour is set to start in mid-June.

Lazzarini will appear as “The Captain” in the touring company’s upcoming production of Broadway hit West Side Story as new lead role of Tony.

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