A 14 year old started a dancing apprenticeship with De Francesco, this was to last for seven years. The apprenticeship deed stated that upon starting the apprenticeship, she agreed to be at his disposal and to not accept any professional work without his approval. It also stated that she was not to marry without his permission. De Francesco had no obligation to maintain her employment, but if he did the pay was very low. He could also terminate the arrangement without notice. She accepted other work and De Francesco sought to prevent this but ultimately failed.