Safer Spaces Policy
By attending any part of HyggeBlues, I am agreeing to abide by this policy.
I want to help the HyggeBlues team to provide a harassment-free and safe social dance and learning experience for everyone.
I realize if I do something inappropriate, whether or not it’s mentioned in this policy, there may be consequences. These consequences may range from an organizer talking to me about my behavior, to being expelled from the venue with no refund at the discretion of the organisers.
If I experience or witness any behavior that’s inappropriate or makes someone feel uncomfortable, I will bring it to an organizer’s attention immediately. If something like this happens during a class, I will bring it to the attention of a teacher.
I will respect everyone at the event, regardless of their age, race, religion, nationality,
creed, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, ability, dance skill, politics, lifestyle, and/or personal boundaries. Actually, just to be safe, I’ll be nice to everyone no matter what.
I will strictly respect the physical and personal boundaries of my fellow attendees on and off the dance floor. I realize that I can make others uncomfortable even without intending to, which is why I will ask for permission from others before touching, hugging, cuddling, or other seemingly innocent forms of physical contact. I realize that only a verbal “yes” means “yes.”
I understand the difference between expressing your sexuality through dance and engaging in sexual behavior while dancing. I will NEVER engage in sexual behavior on the dance floor.
I realize that my Number One responsibility during any dance is to make sure that my partner, myself, and those around me are safe and comfortable. I will do my best to make sure that my dancing does not cause anyone else any injury or discomfort.
As part of this, I will avoid unsafe behavior such as dipping too deeply or without permission; yanking my partner with unnecessary forceful movement, excessive use of drugs/alcohol, etc.
I will follow the rules of the venue and any requests made by the HyggeBlues team and volunteers. I realize that, as a participant in this event, I’m representing the event and my actions have the potential to impact the event and its future.
I realize that this policy cannot and does not outline every type of acceptable or unacceptable behavior or resulting consequences. In the end, I will use common sense, treat others the way they would like to be treated, listen to the HyggeBlues staff and volunteers, and accept any consequences of my actions.
What you can expect if you bring an issue to the team:
- An initial conversation with an organiser in private.
- Complete confidentiality (unless we are sure that someone is in immediate/direct danger).
- The staff member will document a description of the event.
- You will be asked how you would like the situation to be handled.
If the incident involves a violation of the Safer Spaces Policy, the accused will be handled in one of the following ways:
- Watched, but not approached (we keep an eye on them)
- Spoken to about their behavior
- Asked to leave the event.
If you don’t initially want action taken, but later change your mind please do not hesitate to let us know.
We appreciate your help in keeping HyggeBlues as safe and positive an experience as possible for everyone.