do Something Blue (dSB) is proud to be part of the worldwide blues dancing community. We want our attendees to have a fun, safe, and welcoming experience at our dance. We are dedicated to making sure our guests feel safe and accepted and to providing a harassment-free and safe social dance experience for everyone regardless of dance ability, dance background, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other characteristic or trait.We ask all attendees, staff, and volunteers at do Something Blue to comply with the following code of conduct. The dSB Staff will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. If you feel that anyone is disrespecting the Code of Conduct, please bring this to a dSB Staff Member’s attention.
OPTIONS FOR HELP
- If for any reason you feel uncomfortable while at do Something Blue, we would like to help. While attending our dance, feel free to seek out one of our staff members. Alternatively you can speak with the DJ or the front desk person and let them know you are looking for a staff member and they will send someone to find one of us for you.
OUR STAFF: Tracy, Charlie, Matt
- If you prefer to contact do Something Blue via email, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- When you contact a staff member, we will engage you in, as much as possible, a confidential and discreet conversation. When appropriate, you will be asked how you would like the situation to be handled. And finally, action will be taken at the discretion of the dance operator.
- If you’d like to remain anonymous, please write down your concerns and drop them off in the Suggestion Box in the Front Lobby.
- Be polite and friendly while socializing and social dancing.
- If you are a parent of minors, you are expected to chaperone your children at all times.
- Harassment is not tolerated in any form, which can include offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, disruptive behavior, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
- do Something Blue supports the idea that dance roles (lead and follow) are not tied to gender. We encourage all dancers to dance their preferred role(s) and to avoid assumptions regarding each other’s desired/preferred dance roles, including solo dancing.
- Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to any of the above listed characteristics or traits, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
- Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
- If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or asking them to leave, without refund.
- If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a staff member immediately using one of the methods above.
- Staff will be happy to help participants whether it is taking action on those engaging in harassing behavior to contacting local law enforcement, providing escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety.
- If you feel unsafe or if something just does not look right nor feel right and you sense someone may be in danger, please contact a member of our staff immediately.
- Intoxicated persons are not allowed into do Something Blue.
- Demanding that a person dances with you is not acceptable. Always ask, understanding that it is their right to say, “Yes,” or “No.”
- Do not feel obligated to dance with anyone who makes you uncomfortable. It is your body and you have a right to choose who touches it.
- We expect all participants to follow these rules at do Something Blue.
- Please do not offer unsolicited advice to fellow dancers on the social dance floor.
- Please use your full range of senses on the dance floor to avoid accidental collisions and injuries. DO NOT DANCE RECKLESSLY. It is every dancer’s responsibility to be aware of their own and their partner’s movement and position, as well as the movement and position of the dancers surrounding them, in order to avoid all forms of dangerous contact.
- While there is always some risk associated with any physical activity, we are committed to preventing injuries before they happen. Unsafe dancing is any movement that puts anyone at an increased risk of of physical injury. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Yanking or jerking your partner around or unnecessarily forceful movement when leading or following (risk of shoulder, arm, and upper-back injuries).
- Bending over your partner during a dip when leading (risk of lower back injuries and/ or getting hit in the head by another dancer or the floor).
- Sudden weight sharing when following (don’t dip yourself), or any lift where both of your partner’s feet go above your knees.
- If you are unsure what constitutes unsafe dancing, please ask a staff member or that night’s instructor(s).
- If inadvertent contact is made on the dance floor with surrounding dancers, apologize immediately (even if you believe you’re not at fault). Help keep the goodwill going!
- Don’t forget to practice good hygiene. For example, groom yourself appropriately prior to the dance, bring extra shirts, towel off when needed, wash hands when needed, brush your teeth, bring mints, etc. In other words, this is a “contact sport” so maintain cleanliness out of respect for your prospective dance partners.
REMEMBER YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONTACT SOMEONE IF YOU NEED HELP!!
Lastly, please remember that we are all volunteering and dedicating our time to do Something Blue because we are passionate about blues dancing and the blues dance community. We ask that we all look out for each other and be kind and respectful to one another so we may continue to spread the goodwill and positive spirit that is blues dancing!
THANK YOU AND PLEASE ENJOY YOUR TIME AT DO SOMETHING BLUE!!