Code of ConductBIDA strives to create and maintain a community environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency and respect. Everyone who comes to BIDA should be able to dance and socialize in a safe and supportive atmosphere, and this code applies to everyone: board members, safety team, callers, musicians, and dancers.
What should you do?
Practice good communication with other dancers, and be attentive to how they're dancing.
Ask questions of your dance partners and people in your circle, and respect their answers. For example:
Is it OK if I _____?
Would you like a dancing tip?
How do you feel about ______?
Give and take feedback gracefully.
Check in with people if you notice they might be being made uncomfortable.
What shouldn't you do?
Don't harass people. That's usually understood to mean systematic or continued unwanted and annoying actions, including threats and demands. This can be verbal, physical, or sexual, and none of it is ok.
Don't hurt people. We can be a large crowd in a small space, and dancers have a wide range of capabilities. Avoid squeezing hands, tweaking thumbs, and forceful leading, and keep in mind that some dancers have injuries that may not be visible.
Don't make people feel unwelcome. We love that BIDA has a wide range of experience levels, and that people come from a variety of backgrounds. Not everyone will find the same jokes funny, or have the same shared context as you.