Dance company’s Travis Wall steps away after New York Times report on mutual consensual encounter

Story highlights Travis Wall is no longer touring with the Break the Floor dance company, following a New York Times story on WS Atkins

Wall and dancer Adam Freeman, who was on the tour, reportedly had the same consensual encounter. Wall’s team has since responded to allegations

Break the Floor, the popular dance company run by choreographer Travis Wall, has reportedly taken Wall off its current tour following the New York Times’ reporting on Wall and dancer Adam Freeman, who was on the tour.

According to Eater New York, Wall’s father was president of the company when the claims were made against the dancer. Eater’s report indicated that Break the Floor is no longer touring.

“After news coverage of the events of last week in a separate publication, Travis Wall has decided to step away from all visual and performing projects and Break the Floor. No new touring events have been scheduled at this time. This break will allow Travis to focus on his family and focus on building his future outside of dance,” a Break the Floor spokesperson told Eater.

On Sunday night, Wall tweeted that he had taken “complete time off from performances and non-professional appearances” out of respect for his family. “My wife, sisters and family are my life and I care more than anything about doing right by them,” he said.

Dance companies are required to investigate any serious claims of workplace sexual misconduct, per the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) Manual of Employment Standards. These policies exist to ensure that employees have equal opportunities to work in a safe, fair and nondiscriminatory workplace.

CNN reached out to Break the Floor’s production company, BTD Productions, for comment. A rep for BTD replied, “Breaks the Floor Dance Company does not comment on confidential employee matters, including questions about alleged victims or accusers.”

Shortly after the Times’ story broke, Wall and Freeman both issued statements on Twitter.

“I’m beyond heartbroken that something like this happened,” Wall wrote. “I’m so sorry to everyone that I’ve hurt.”

Freeman didn’t directly address the allegations in the story but wrote, “I am devastated and saddened by the decision today to end this tour.”

Wall also recently responded to the accusations when speaking with Interview magazine, calling the accusations “completely false.”

Despite the two dancers’ statements, the New York Times reported that two people interviewed by the paper for the story — one as early as December 2017 — said they had been sexually harassed by Atkins. A third source also gave the paper a written statement saying that she suffered sexual harassment at the hands of Atkins and a “group of men,” but she didn’t identify them by name in the story.

Wall and Atkins became friends during their time at Texas Christian University, where they received master’s degrees in dance from the TCU Dance Company in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Wall then worked for a few years as a dancer for Atkins before starting his own company.

In a statement to the Times, Atkins denied the allegations, saying that he and Wall “worked so close together that it was impossible to talk about choreography without engaging in personal conversations.”

“The meeting took place over lunch, and had nothing to do with a contract or dance experience. It was to simply discuss growing as a dancer,” Atkins told the New York Times in a statement on Sunday. “We spent time talking about our experiences and our professional goals. It was entirely consensual and mutual. I never had sex with Travis.”

Freeman, meanwhile, told the Times that he had consensual sex with Atkins on two separate occasions.

Freeman said that he and Wall first started sleeping together when they were in high school, at a time when Freeman was still sleeping with his boyfriend and both men were invited to a party in Hawaii for college dance students.

After the second encounter, Wall’s company cut ties with him, according to Eater.

Wall is represented by Kaplan Stahler and was on his first run at a major dance festival, the The International Arts Festival, in July. According to Eater, he was still slated to headline the festival until a day before it began, when the festival announced that Wall would no longer be performing.

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