DFRX Safe Space Policy

DFRX wants to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy dancing while feeling safe and respected.  This includes people of any dance skill or background, race, nationality, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, body type, age, or any other characteristic or trait. Everyone is responsible to help ensure all dancers feel safe and respected. By attending this event, you agree to abide by our policies and be held accountable if you do not do so. If you become aware of someone not respecting the safe space policy, please bring it to the attention of an event organizer.
 
Anyone can decline a dance for any reason. You should always feel comfortable declining a dance or ending it early. You may share the reason, or you may decide not to. “No” is a complete sentence. You are responsible for maintaining your own boundaries, and nothing is wrong with those boundaries being different with different people or in different contexts.
 
No one owes you a dance. If someone declines to dance with you, respect their decision and do not take it as a personal insult. Do not require an explanation or imply that they must dance with you later. Appreciate the fact that they are taking care of themselves. 
 
Have good communication about your boundaries and seek consent.
 If a partner crosses a boundary, communicate that to them. If you have crossed a boundary, apologize. Do not belittle or deny your partner’s experience. If you are uncertain if something might cross a boundary, ask for consent before proceeding. Pay careful attention to boundaries such as moving into close embrace or any weight-sharing, such as in dips. Respect people’s personal space and don’t touch someone without permission.

Anyone can ask anyone to dance. Fusion dancing does not have gendered roles. When you ask someone to dance, do so verbally and do not rely on non-verbal cues. Let them know which role you would prefer for this dance (lead/follow/switch) or ask their preference. Never assume someone’s preferred dance role based on gender.

You are responsible for your own safety on the dance floor and the safety of your partner as well. Consider asking your partner if they have any injuries to be wary of. Be aware of how much power you are using while leading and following. Be careful not to hurt your partner. Maintain responsibility for your own weight and balance. Both partners are responsible for practicing good floor-craft and watching out for other dancers. Be proactive about making sure your partner is comfortable by watching body language or checking in verbally. Be proactive about letting your partner know if you are uncomfortable.

Dance connections are dance connections. Dancing often results in intense connections with your partner. Do not assume that the same connection will be present off the dance floor.

Be respectful of instructors and DJs. Arrive on time to a class. Do not interrupt class with your cell phone alerts. Do not take on the role of instructor with your partner. Respect the instructor when they are talking. Thank the DJ if you enjoy a song or a set. If you have feedback about the instructors or DJs, you can tell an event organizer either at the event or after.

Be respectful of the venue. Follow any rules communicated about the venue. Clean up after yourself. If you spill or cause damage to the venue in some way, let someone know immediately so it can be dealt with.

Have good hygiene. Please make sure you shower, wear deodorant, wash your hands after using the bathroom, change your shirt if you are sweaty, and brush your teeth. Avoid wearing strong colognes or perfumes.

If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe confronting a situation, please talk to an event organizer. We take all complaints seriously and are committed to resolving issues to the greatest extent possible. Anyone who reports a safe space violation has the right to request that their information be kept entirely anonymous.

If you are asked to stop any behaviors, either by an organizer or a fellow attendee, you are expected to listen and respectfully comply immediately. We understand that people can make mistakes, but we expect those mistakes to be acknowledged and for that behavior to be changed. Refusal to acknowledge mistakes or change behavior may be met with consequences up to and including expulsion from the event without refund.

We have a zero-tolerance harassment policy. Harassment includes but is not limited to deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and offensive verbal comments related to dance skill or background, race, nationality, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, body type, age, or personality. We will not hesitate to remove offenders or ban them from future events we host, organize or are responsible for. If you see or experience any harassing behavior by students, observers, or teachers, please find an event organizer. We will take care of it in a discrete, yet firm and professional manner.

Informed by:

Swingin’ Denver Code of Conduct
Capital Blues Safe Space Policy
Blue River Notes Safer Space Policy
LaB Safe Space Policy
FuseOKC Safe Space Policy