Safety at BIDA

At BIDA we want everyone to be able to have a good time together at our dances. Our goal is to foster a diverse community that prioritizes safety and dancing together in ways everyone enjoys. We encourage our community members to help make this happen through active engagement with everyone to create a considerate and welcoming intergenerational community. However, but sometimes people act in ways that make others feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe. Unwanted touching, harassment, threats, and other harmful behavior are not acceptable at BIDA. If someone tells you no, listen to them and stop.

What can you do to help?

On the other hand, if someone is bothering you the organizers want to support you. Here's how we can help:

We recognize that Safety Representatives are community members, and are friends with dancers throughout the greater contra dance community. If you find yourself discussing a BIDA safety issue informally with any Safety Representative please make it clear whether or not you expect them to address the issue formally after your conversation. This is crucial to making sure your concerns are handled in ways you feel comfortable with, stay confidential, and are communicated to the core Safety Team when appropriate.

The Safety Team is not responsible for handling issues which are brought to BIDA organizers who are not trained Safety Representatives.

Here are some examples of situations where our Safety Team might be able to help:

In any of these situations it would be reasonable to either bring it up with the dancer yourself or come talk to us. People may not be aware that what they're doing is harmful, and getting feedback from other dancers can help, but if you don't feel ok talking to them, or you've tried and they haven't listened, that's what we're here for.

Here are some hypothetical scenarios, along with how the Safety Team might respond in an effort to resolve the issue:

The Safety Team recognizes that all situations are individual and nuanced, therefore the above hypotheticals are not necessarily indicative of the exact actions Safety Reps or Safety Team would take during a similar scenario.

While we hope situations like the ones above don't come up at our dances, we want you to know that we're here for you if they do.

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