Safer Spaces Policy

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Oxford Lindy Hoppers are committed to making sure that everyone can enjoy our events in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment in which everyone can enjoy the dances that we love.

We believe that we all share a responsibility to create an environment that reflects the joy of the dance, and to support our fellow dancers. We therefore request that you read and abide by our safer space policy.

You can talk to any of the committee or email: oxfordlindyhoppers@gmail.com

Oxford Lindy Hoppers will: 

  • Not hire teachers with a history of unacceptable behaviour.
  • Treat everyone attending our classes and events with respect.
  • Eject anyone acting in an unacceptable manner.
  • Listen to everybody’s concerns and to act appropriately.
  • Treat all messages seriously and in the strictest confidence.
  • Respond to your suggestions.
  • Make arrangements for safe space available at our events.

When attending our events please:

  • Be aware of your fellow dancers’ comfort and the impact your behaviour can have on others whether deliberate or not.
  • Speak up if something or someone makes you uncomfortable, for whatever reason. By saying something you can help prevent others from suffering.
  • Listen seriously if someone tells you something, and act appropriately. If you don’t know what to do, ask someone.
  • If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem quite right, talk to someone about it.
  • Don’t let someone’s aura of ‘status’ or ‘seniority’ affect your decision making: if a teacher or anyone else does something bad, speak up
  • Consider your fellow dancers and drink alcohol in moderation
  • Consider other’s boundaries when dancing on the dance floor.
  • In general, refusing a dance without good reason can be hurtful; be generous with your dances, especially with beginners.
  • However, if someone makes you uncomfortable, you don’t have to dance with them, and you don’t have to give a reason A simple ‘No thank you’ should suffice.
  • If you’re in class and you don’t want to dance with someone in rotation, this is a sign that the issue should be addressed. Step out of rotation, and let us know your feelings in the break, or at the end of class.
  • If someone says ‘no’ to you, respect that decision and consider what you can do to make them feel more at ease.
  • Some people prefer not to dance up close and personal – this is an acceptable choice, so find a distance which is comfortable for both of you, or stop dancing.

Bullying or abuse of any sort whether sexual, physical, or emotional will not be tolerated.

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