Nick Lazzarini, a former pupil of Mia Michaels, the the all-female dance company on NBC’s reality dance competition, has been pulled from the company’s fall tour, The Women’s Wild West, following The New York Times’ reporting on misconduct allegations against Michaels.
Lazzarini, who has been working with Michaels since 2003, was previously suspended and replaced with Miguel Delgado in the choreography department. A statement released by the troupe, which includes Natalie Holbrook, Karla Ramos, Caprice Construction and Melanie Moore, read, “We continue to support the women who have reached out to us with claims of misconduct within the company. Their stories are heartbreaking and we remain committed to having the proper and thorough investigation of any allegation to ensure that these and future dancers receive the care and protection they deserve.”
Neither Michaels nor Lazzarini have been officially identified as the alleged perpetrator in the Times’ report, which details multiple instances of what one former dancer described as “weird, inappropriate and predatory behavior” by Michaels, a classically trained choreographer. Michaels has insisted that the report was flawed, and in a statement to Deadline, Lazzarini reportedly said, “Many of the accusations are completely false,” although Michaels did issue a statement saying she had a “mild form of verbal abuse” that he did not take lightly.
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