- Dancers celebrate the end of the show linking arms and jumping up and down
- The stage at the Americana Municipal Theatre, Sao Paulo, Brazil, collapsed
- A voice on PA system calls for calm and asks for first-aiders to come forward
A group of enthusiastic dancers are sent plunging through a stage after it collapsed during their end-of-show celebrations.
The incident took place at the end of a ballet performance at Lulu Benencase Theater in the city of Campinas, Brazil, November 8.
Performers from the Sandra Godoy Academy can be seen finishing their performance with a choreographed dance before the crowd erupts into a loud cheer.
The dancers then begin to celebrate, linking arms and jumping up and down in the middle of the stage which can be seen to buckle under the weight.
A hole in the stage opens up causing a group of the performers to be sent plummeting as the stage partially collapses.
Onlookers can be seen rushing to the scene as a voice on the PA system calls for calms and asks for first-aiders to come forward.
Local media reported six people were injured in the incident, among them three teachers and three students aged 16, 23, and 25.
All six were treated in local hospitals and health clinics before being discharged. Reports state they were treated for grazes.
A statement said: ‘At the end of the show around 30 participants were concentrated at that specific point, they were jumping and around 10 people fell into the gap.’
The Director of the theatre Luciano Luize said they were waiting for a report from the police to be able to pinpoint the cause of the collapse.
At the time of the accident 150 dancers were on the stage and 780 people were in the crowd.
The academy cancelled their show which was scheduled for the following day due to lack of a ‘structurally sound’ stage.
A spokesman for Sandra Godoy Academy wrote: ‘The team of ballet art Sandra Godoy would like to reassure everyone that the students and staff involved in last night’s accident are ok.
[Molly Vincent/Daily Mail – original article]
[Pictures – Daily Mail/CEN]