‘Enviable dancer’ on sick leave caught out by Spanish court

A Spanish waitress suing her boss for sacking her while on leave with a back injury has been left red in the face after an incriminating video of her dancing emerged.

'Enviable dancer' on sick leave caught out by Spanish court
The woman decided to sue her boss for damages. Photo: Deposit Photos

In the latest case to prove how careful employees should be with preying eyes and social media, a woman in the southern region of Murcia has lost her plea to get her job back.

The waitress was on sick leave for allegedly suffering muscle spasms in her back as well as pelvic inflammation.

But while she was temporarily relieved of her duties, she was seen strutting her stuff with ease at a local nightclub in the town of Torre Pacheco, where the waitress was a regular, Spanish news agency EFE reported.

A witness who was a friend of the woman’s boss alerted him to her apparently miraculous physical recovery, which led to her sacking.

Not content with the news, the former waitress decided to present a claim at Murcia’s High Court asking for damages for what she claimed was wrongful dismissal.

What she hadn’t expected was that on one of the several occasions where the off-duty waitress had hit the dance floor, the witness pulled out his mobile phone and filmed her.

This evidence was presented to the judges who said it was clear that the woman “was dancing with enviable agility”, with fast hip movements similar to those performed by Colombia pop star Shakira, that suggested she had recovered or never had any injuries at all.

The man who filmed her was a witness in the court, telling judges that on earlier occasion he had seen her perform even more difficult hip movements.

“She’s broken the essential rules of her contract by not acting in good faith and mutual confidence with her employer,” the court heard.

“The plaintiff is seen moving in the video with complete normality, proving that she had recovered from her ailments.”


Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom

Saulo Sarmiento got pulses racing during his audition for Britain’s Got Talent, but who is the man behind the moves?

Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom
Saulo Sarmiento is a pole dancer for Cirque Du Soleil. Screen grab: Britain's Got Talent/YouTube

One of the standout performances on this series of Britain’s Got Talent, the popular reality show that searches for the weird and wacky talents of people in the UK, was actually a Spaniard.

Saulo Sarmiento, from the Canary Islands, wowed the judges – including famously unimpressed Simon Cowell – with his pole dancing-cum-acrobatic routine, which saw him spinning precariously from a pole with no safety lines.

After his heart-stopping routine, the four judges rose to their feet to applaud the Spaniard.

The video of his performance has already amassed nearly 4.5 million views on YouTube. 

But Sarmiento, 28, is a seasoned professional when it comes to pole dancing – he is actually a member of the world-famous Cirque Du Soleil.

He began his training as a gymnast aged just 13 and as part of the Canary Islands gymnastic team, travelled the world competing in international festivals.

He moved to Madrid aged 18 and four years later to Paris, where he won a prestigious pole dancing competition.

After travelling the world with different acrobatic companies, Sarmiento decided to launch his own solo act: ARIEL POLE. He has won a host of prestigious awards including the Cirque Du Soleil special prize, which specifically awards innovation.

cirqueandorraalto from Saulo Sarmiento on Vimeo.

He now works exclusively as a solo pole dancer for Cirque Du Soleil, taking part in the company’s shows around the world.

So while he may not have made it through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, the British press couldn’t get enough of the Spaniard.

“The whole nation says YES” said the headline in The Sun, while Metro’s headline read: “Pole dancer Saulo Sarmiento gets pulses racing”.