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Twin Cities Dance Company Founder Uri Sands Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Uri Sands has stepped down as co-artistic director of the Twin Cities dance company he founded, TU Dance amid allegations of sexual harassment of a former employee, The Star Tribune reports.

His wife and co-founder, Toni Pierce-Sands, will remain with the company as the sole artistic director.

According to the Tribune - Sands and TU Dance "vigorously deny all allegations."

The lawsuit alleged "negligent supervision of Sands by the company".

The Tribune reports that in 2017 TU Dance received an anonymous complaint involving Sands that resulted in the adoption of a sexual harassment policy, including a policy that Sands could not travel alone with female dancers. Sands reportedly also "engage in counseling and therapy."

For more read the full report in The Star Tribune.

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