Ballroom dancers are accusing Teyana Taylor’s Talent Coordinator of stiffing them out of money and Teyana is reaching in her pockets..
According to Page Six:
“In July I was contracted by Derek Auguste to dance in her video” for the song “WTP,” a dancer in the project exclusively said.
But at the shoot, “We waited for hours in the basement at the Museum of Sex. We had to do our own makeup, bring our own costumes, and they gave us a huge box of cold pizza for the 10 of us.”
The dancer further said that the troupe was never paid. A source close to Taylor told us that the singer wrote a check to Auguste’s company so he could pay the hoofers, but Auguste never did.
Auguste did not return numerous requests for comment.
Taylor’s mom and manager, Nikki, told us of Auguste: “He was contracted to hire the dancers. They were contracted through his company. We are flabbergasted that he would do anything like this. We presented the check for his services. We’re going to go ahead and recut another check to those kids because it’s not their fault.” She added of Taylor, “She would never ever do anything to disrespect them. And she is floored because she’s known [Auguste] since she was 14-, 15-years old.”
Jack Mizrahi, a ballroom historian hired for the video and not paid, told us, “Teyana has been supportive of the community from day one. It wasn’t about the fee [for me]. I did it because I like Teyana. Derek . . . ran with our money.”
But Auguste described the situation to a dancer in a social media message as a “myriad of breakdowns.” “Unfortunately a lot of the budget was cut which made it very difficult for me to reward everyone on time as expressed,” he explained. “A check was cut significantly lower than expected and I had to prioritize principals. I hated to do that… it truly was a very interesting experience. I learned a lot about character, consideration, honesty and sacrifice.”
In a statement, reps for Taylor reiterated she was issuing new checks to unpaid dancers, noting she, “prides herself on her hard work and professionalism” and “assumes responsibility for her projects.”