Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A teen dance group left cut and bruised when their stage collapsed insisted on living up to the old showbiz motto the show must go on.
The youngsters had been performing at an open-air show in Maloyaroslavets, Kaluga Oblast, Russia.
But they had barely got into their stride when the makeshift stage fell apart swallowing five of the eight-strong group.
A video of the accident shows most of the troupe – six girls and two boys – disappearing as the crowd gasps in shock.
But – reports local media – after their cuts and bruises were patched up, the dancers put on a second step-perfect performance.
Newsflash obtained a statement by prosecutors to confirm they are investigating the collapse
They said: “On behalf of the prosecutor’s office of the region, the prosecutor’s office of the Maloyaroslavetsky district organized an inspection into the fact of the collapse of the scene.
“It was established that on June 11, during the celebration of the day of the city of Maloyaroslavets and the day of Russia, during the performance of a dance group, a stage additionally installed to the main stage collapsed.
“After dismantling the collapsed structure, the dance group repeated the performance.
“According to the results of the audit, if there are grounds, prosecutorial response measures will be taken.”
The dancers had been taking part in celebrations to mark the 620th anniversary of the creation of their town.
It was founded in the 14th century by Vladimir the Bold who named it after his son Yaroslav.