Pole-Dancing Class Leads to Lawsuit

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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Pole-Dancing Class Leads to Lawsuit

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Don't try this at home.

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A woman says a Manhattan gym left her hanging when she tried a new workout: pole-dancing.

Sue Ann Wee filed a lawsuit last week against the companies that run the Crunch fitness center chain. Lawyer Nicholas Warywoda says Wee seriously hurt both her shoulders when she slid down a pole and fell onto the floor while taking a Crunch pole-dancing class in June.

Warywoda says Wee told an instructor she couldn't hold herself up during an upside-down maneuver, but the instructor didn't help her.

New York-based Crunch declined to comment.

Wee is seeking unspecified damages. She says the gym chain didn't supervise the pole-dancing class properly.

The steamy dance form has become increasingly popular as exercise in recent years.

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