A former dance student who alleges she sustained serious injuries after being asked to lift a heavier partner during training is suing Northern School of Contemporary Dance for £500,000.
Reported by the Times, Charlotte Vanweersch told Central London County Court that she had sustained career-damaging neck and shoulder injuries while practising a “throwing and lifting” routine at the dance school in Leeds.
During the pre-trial hearing, Vanweersch claimed she had not been taught how to perform the lift safely and that it involved a “significantly” heavier partner, who was also a woman.
Vanweersch also claimed that she received “minimal injury support” and told the court that several months after the incident she stopped dancing in class and eventually gave up her degree.
Vanweersch’s lawyer told the court that specialists were assessing whether the accident had left her with “chronic regional pain syndrome”. If this is found to be the case, the claim could be worth £500,000.
According to the Times, the school has denied responsibility and told the court that Vanweersch had chosen her dance partner on the day of the lesson in 2015 and was “given appropriate instruction” by staff.
Northern School of Contemporary Dance has been contacted for comment.