Essex-based dance tutor, Teresa Lawrence, 50, (above) runs ‘enjoyable dancing courses for the fuller determine’
A pint-sized dance troupe for larger-figured women has come beneath assault, with BBC bosses claiming the catchy title ‘Strictly Curved’ is just too much like the broadcaster’s hit TV present.
Essex-based dance tutor, Teresa Lawrence, who runs ‘enjoyable dancing courses for the fuller determine’, referred to as the BBC ‘petty and silly’ for threatening authorized motion in a letter she obtained on Monday.
‘It seems like we’ve to vary our identify because the BBC will not allow us to use the phrase ‘strictly’!’ the 50-year-old dance tutor shared over her group’s Fb web page.
‘Oh nicely they will not get us down we are going to all provide you with a greater identify as strictly talking it will not trouble us,’ she joked.
Teresa, who’s a proud dimension 24 and lives in Basildon, runs courses for ‘the fuller determine’ in neighborhood centres throughout Essex for round £5 a category.
A pint-sized dance troupe for larger-figured women (pictured) has come beneath assault, with BBC bosses claiming the catchy title ‘Strictly Curved’ is just too much like the broadcaster’s hit TV present
‘It seems like we’ve to vary our identify because the BBC will not allow us to use the phrase ‘strictly’!’ the 50-year-old dance tutor shared over her group’s Fb web page
She utilized to trademark the identify Strictly Curved in August however on Monday obtained a letter from BBC legal professionals demanding she change the identify and take away her Fb web page.
The letter – despatched by the BBC’s Mental Property Division – dictates she has per week to cease utilizing ‘something comparable’ to the Strictly Come Dancing model, which the broadcaster has trademarked.
However Teresa says her courses – run 3 times per week – entice about 30 individuals for every session.
‘It isn’t like I am incomes hundreds of thousands of kilos from it!’ she advised MailOnline.
‘Strictly Come Dancing has 10million viewers. I can not see the way it might ever be confused.’
‘We’re all fuming. That is utterly excessive,’ she advised The Solar.
‘All I needed to do was present an setting the place people who find themselves physique acutely aware might get pleasure from themselves and discover ways to dance.’
Nevertheless, the BBC contends in its letter that Teresa’s branding is ‘more likely to confuse and/or mislead the general public and make them consider your providing is in some way linked with, licensed or endorsed by the BBC’.
A BBC spokesperson stated: ‘We’re totally supportive of somebody operating dance courses and need them luck, but it surely’s necessary the general public is not misled and do not combine up an unbiased dance enterprise with one thing endorsed by the BBC.’
However Teresa says her courses are a spot for individuals who would not usually really feel snug going to the fitness center or doing a category.
‘They’ve sufficient stigma as a much bigger individual as it’s,’ she stated.
‘Strictly Come Dancing (pictured) has 10million viewers. How might anybody confuse the 2?’ Teresa advised The Solar