Phylise Davis-Bowens, a Former Bethune-Cookman Student, Files Lawsuit Claiming She Wasn’t Allowed to Audition for Dance Team Until She Lost Some Weight

Phylise Davis-Bowens claims that she was told she had to lose 20 pounds before she would be given an application to try out for the Bethune-Cookman University dance team.  FACEBOOK
Phylise Davis-Bowens claims that she was told she had to lose 20 pounds before she would be given an application to try out for the Bethune-Cookman University dance team.
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In 2009 Phylise Davis-Bowens was pursuing her master’s degree at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., when she decided she wanted to join the school’s dance team, known as the 14K Gold Dancers.

But Davis-Bowens said that the band director told her she couldn’t even get an application until she lost 20 pounds, according to Click on Orlando. And now the 42-year-old former student, who has been a dancer since she was 16, has filed a lawsuit against the university.

Davis-Bowens told the news site that she went on to lose the weight, even though the request felt strange to her at the time it was made.

“I did everything; I worked out five days a week, morning and night,” Davis-Bowens said.

Davis-Bowens claims that even after she lost some 16 pounds in a month, the band director still refused to let her try out.

“To ask me to lose weight in order to join an organization, that’s hazing—you cannot do that,” Davis-Bowens said.

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Source: The Root | 

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