updated 1/7/2010 5:31:08 AM ET 2010-01-07T10:31:08

A woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that a Manhattan gym left her hanging when she tried a new workout: pole-dancing.

Sue Ann Wee is seeking unspecified damages from the companies that run the Crunch fitness center chain.

Lawyer Nicholas Warywoda said Wee seriously hurt both her shoulders when she slid down a pole and fell onto the floor while taking a Crunch pole-dancing class in June.

Warywoda said Wee told an instructor she couldn't hold herself up during an upside-down maneuver, but the instructor didn't help her.

Wee alleges that the gym chain didn't supervise the pole-dancing class properly.

New York-based Crunch declined to comment.

The steamy dance form has become increasingly popular as exercise in recent years.

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