the creator of The Rich Dance sets the record straight.

the creator of The Rich Dance sets the record straight.
Aja Steel, the creator of one of the Rich Dance Flash animation, writes in to explain the reasons for the eBay auction of the site:

I originally was going to sell the dances and donate the money to charity, so they could not be used for profit by an individual who blatantly stole the files and created a Web site that appeared to belong to me. Upon further thought, I chose to end the auction early and e-mail the three bidders that I would not be selling the dances and ended the auction early. I should have canceled it but hit end by mistake. I sold no files to anyone. (On a personal note, I still will make a donation to a no kill animal hospital that I have great respect for.)

As for the imposter Web site, that gentleman tried to profit off of something that should never have been profited from. I have since been able to have the site removed, a public apology issued, and two letters of admission of guilt from the gentleman were sent to my e-mail. My only regret was placing the dances on eBay–giving people the impression that profit was my goal. In the nine days the dances were on line, I profited zero, the way it should be. My thought was, “Sell them and he can’t profit.” … In the meantime, with all issues resolved, TheRichdance will return. … And as they should be, they will be for free.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.