BREAKING: Company of DJ cut following investigation

Columnist Brandon Elgart with STS-6 hosted, Travis Wall, a co-founder of the pop dance group Break the Floor, whose members attend the University of Florida. (Photo: STS-6, YouTube) *WARNING* This story contains some graphic…

BREAKING: Company of DJ cut following investigation

Columnist Brandon Elgart with STS-6 hosted, Travis Wall, a co-founder of the pop dance group Break the Floor, whose members attend the University of Florida. (Photo: STS-6, YouTube)

*WARNING* This story contains some graphic content. Video may be deemed too graphic for some viewers.

By Marla J. Jackson, FOX13 / Madison, WI

The University of Florida dance student who was filmed biting a referee during a competition has been removed from his role with a popular dance troupe.

Brandon Elgart hosted, Travis Wall, a co-founder of the pop dance group Break the Floor, whose members attend the University of Florida.

The “never quit” performer took part in the contest, Southern Miss Intercollegiate Dance Festival, in Memphis, TN on Oct. 11th, where he received the Outstanding Senior Male Dance Award. He did not take part in the “cash only” event that night.

Several media outlets ran stories about the incident and issued calls for an investigation, while online viewers continued to discuss the incident and its possible consequences.

Today, Wall’s entire team was relieved of their duties with Break the Floor. Elgart went to Facebook Live to explain.

“This has been a difficult week and there is a lot of conflicting emotions. I would like to address the situation in a more coherent way. On Oct. 10th, Travis and the brothers of Break the Floor accepted a scholarship to participate in the Southern Miss Institutional Dance Festival. The group of five was to compete in preliminary rounds Thursday, Oct. 11. Unfortunately, Travis took a heel to the throat during the evening round. Following this, during his recovery from the injury, one of the brothers of Break the Floor was invited to take part in the cash only competition at the event on Friday, Oct. 12. The brother was uncomfortable participating and sought additional counsel. Ultimately, Travis refused to take part in the cash only contest, which, for our company, constitutes a win-loss situation,” Elgart wrote.

According to a news release, break The Floor, which was founded by Wall and Gerardo Villalobos Jr. in 2010, offers a program of dance studio instruction. It is a part of two-year colleges at the University of South Florida in Tampa and Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

On Oct. 12, Wall and co-founder Villalobos Jr. were placed on unpaid leave following an internal investigation by the university. They have been replaced by the university’s Dance Program Advisory Committee.

“The University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Humanities and the Dance Program Advisory Committee, are working to restore the integrity of the dance community and to ensure that students, faculty and the community at large are treated fairly and equitably,” USF Assistant Vice President of Media Relations Mara Lasewski told FOX13 Wisconsin.

Wall had a clean record, and has not been given any charges.

However, USF student Kendra Wheeler posted to Facebook that she is:

“stomach turned right now to even think the words, ‘Travis Wall was bitten during dancing competition’ is even possible.”

Wall has also been awarded a $1,000 dollar scholarship for the sport of dance.

Brandon Elgart weighed in on this issue as well:

“My phone has been blowing up all day. I can’t keep up. People everywhere have been sharing stories. It has been absolutely astonishing,” Elgart says.

On Facebook, Elgart asked viewers to show the world that the Greek system is dynamic and inclusive, and that there should not be one culture prevalent at all of the nation’s universities.

Dolores Jordan, a nursing professor at Alabama State University, also spoke to this issue and said that although it is unfortunate the incident involving Travis Wall was reported, she feels that neither party should blame the other.

Watch Brandon Elgart discuss this issue above.

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